Canada will play for the bronze medal at the World Juniors for the third consecutive year after falling to Finland in the semifinals. Jonathan Drouin scored the lone goal for the Canadians in the loss.
Nic Petan scored the game-winner with 2:46 to go, and Anthony Mantha finished with a goal and three assists as Canada scored the game’s last four goals to earn a wild World Juniors win over the Slovaks.
Canada erased four one-goal deficits, three of them in the third period, to force overtime, but it fell in a shootout to the Czechs for its first preliminary round loss at the World Juniors since New Year’s Eve 2010.
Anthony Mantha scored the sixth Boxing Day hat trick by a Canadian, Jonathan Drouin added three assists, and 12 skaters had at least one point to help Canada open the World Juniors with a win over Germany.