Kyle Connor broke a 1-1 tie with 14 seconds left in the second period, and Nick Schmaltz set a single-tournament scoring record, leading the U.S. to its fifth World Junior A Challenge gold medal, and second in a row.
Jeff Wight scored the game-winner with just 2:19 remaining, and he and Dylan Hollman had a goal and an assist each as the Canadians lost a three-goal second period lead before rallying to win the bronze medal.
Pavel Jenys scored a pair of goals, and Adam Zboril had the game-winner and added three assists to help the Czechs earn a fifth-place finish with a wild back-and-forth victory over Canada East in Liverpool, N.S.
Joel Horodziejczyk stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced, and Matt Alvaro, Ryan Punkari and Dylan Sikura all scored goals for the second day in a row to help East to an 8-4 aggregate victory in the CJHL Prospects Game.
Nick Schmaltz tied a World Junior A Challenge record with five points, scoring twice and adding three assists, and tied the single-tournament scoring record to send the U.S. to the gold medal game for the fifth time in six years.
Semyon Afonasyevski scored a pair of goals, Kirill Pilipenko and Daniil Vovchenko had a goal and an assist each and 10 different players had at least a point to help Russia clinch its first-ever gold medal game appearance.
Ryan Punkari broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period, Dylan Sikura and Tanner Spink had a goal and an assist each, and David Richer made 40 saves to help East to a win in Digby, N.S., in the first of two CJHL Prospects Games.
Michael Hugli was the overtime hero 3:54 into the extra period, scoring on the power play as the Swiss erased a 4-2 third-period deficit to top the Canadians and advance to a Friday semifinal match-up with the Americans.
Andrei Kuzmenko scored the game-winner midway through the third period, and Maxim Tretiak made 41 saves to help Russia set up a Friday semifinal with Canada West and send the Czechs to the fifth-place game.
Karson Kuhlman scored a pair of goals, and Shane Eiserman broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period to lead the Americans to a win over Canada East, clinching first in Group A and a bye to Friday’s semifinals.
Maxim Mauerhofer turned aside each and every one of the 42 shots he faced for the shutout, and Luca Hischier and Félix Girard each scored once and added an assist to lead the Swiss to a second place finish in Group B.
Nick Schmaltz scored twice and added two assists, Connor Hurley finished with a goal and three helpers, and the U.S. scored five times in the second period to open defense of its gold medal with a one-sided victory over Russia.
Jeff Wight and Cameron Hughes each scored once and added an assist, and Nicholas Jones and Dane Birks had two helpers apiece to help Canada West wrap up first in Group B and clinch a spot in Friday’s semifinals.
Kirill Pilipenko had a goal and two assists to pace an offence that got goals from six different players and at least two points from six, as the Russians scored the game’s last six goals – three on the power play – to beat East.
Alex Gillies broke a 3-3 tie with the winner just 67 seconds into the third period, Dylan Hollman scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Canada West got the first three points in Group B, edging the Swiss in a thriller.