Canada defeats Russia to earn 16th World Junior Hockey Championship
TORONTO (AP) — Erie Otters star Connor McDavid helped lead Canada to its record 16th world junior hockey title and first since 2009, scoring a goal in a 5-4 victory over Russia on Monday night.
Zach Fucale made 26 saves for Canada.
Duclair scored 23 second into the game and Paul made it 2-0 at 2:32, chasing Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin. Dudin scored for Russia midway through the first.
McDavid, expected to the top pick in the NHL draft, made it 3-1 early in the second, and Domi and Reinhart increased the lead to 5-1. Russia countered with three goals — two on power plays — in a 3:16 span.
In the third-place game, Slovakia beat Sweden 4-2.
In the semifinals Sunday, Canada beat Slovakia 5-1 and Russia topped Sweden 4-1.
Pavol Skalicky broke a tie on a power play early in the third period for Slovakia.
Slovakia started the final period on a 5-minute power play after Julius Bergman received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for felling Patrik Koys at the end of the second.
"I think the Swedes were disappointed from yesterday's game and we wanted to win today a little more," Slovak goalie Denis Godla said.
Godla made 26 saves to help Slovakia win its second medal after also finishing third in 1999.
"He's our hero. He's a rock star," forward Samuel Petras said Godla.
David Soltes, Mislav Rosandic and Koys — into an empty net in the final minute— also scored.
"This is like history," Soltes said. "We will be happy forever."
Soltes and Rosandic scored in a 39-second span early in the first period, and William Nylander and Jens Looke tied it for Sweden in the period.
"It feels terrible right now," Swedish defenseman Gustav Forsling said. "If we played our best hockey, we'd beat them every day of the week. So, it's not good."