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Canada downs Germany at world juniors to arrange quarterfinal conflict with Czech Republic

Macklin Celebrini may see the New 12 months’s Eve fireworks from the bus on the best way to Scandinavium enviornment.

Canada’s greatest — and youngest — participant exploded hours later in key moments to save lots of his nation from an embarrassing end result with the calendar flipping to 2024.

The 17-year-old scored twice and drew a vital penalty that led to the game-winning purpose from Jordan Dumais within the third interval as Canada beat Germany 6-3 to wrap up the preliminary spherical on the world junior hockey championship in unimpressive trend Sunday in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“A kind of video games the place you simply obtained to maintain going,” mentioned Celebrini, who is predicted to be the highest decide at June’s NHL draft. “We simply needed to push by means of … it is by no means going to be excellent.”

Brayden Yager, with a purpose and an help, Owen Beck and Easton Cowan, into an empty web, supplied the remainder of the offence for Canada, which misplaced 2-0 to Sweden on Friday and completed second in Group A.

“It is when all of it counts, it is when all of it matter,” Celebrini mentioned of stepping up. “This one mattered.”

Mathis Rousseau made 17 saves in his fourth consecutive begin. Carson Rehkopf and Oliver Bonk had two assists every in a recreation that was tied 3-3 with below 12 minutes to go in regulation.

The Canadians, who noticed ahead Conor Geekie kicked out after simply 11 seconds, will meet the Czech Republic in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Julian Lutz, Roman Kechter and Julius Sumpf replied for the Germans, who completed final within the pool and now face Norway in Thursday’s relegation recreation. Matthias Bittner stopped 29 photographs.

Canada entered 16-0-0 all-time in opposition to Germany with a mixed 101-23 rating, together with final yr’s 11-2 victory in Halifax.

It wasn’t practically as simple this time.

Tied 2-2 by means of 40 minutes, a nervous Canada took the lead 1:40 into the third when Rehkopf moved in on Bittner, who overplayed shot, and fed Beck in entrance for his first of the under-20 occasion.

Dumais was assessed that double minor to provide Germany — which had been 0-for-10 on the ability play earlier than Sunday, however had already scored two on the person benefit — a golden alternative to equalize, which Sumpf did at 7:32.

Dumais, nevertheless, snapped the tie a minute later together with his first at 8:32 of the third on an influence play off a feed from Rehkopf after Celebrini drew a penalty.

Canada’s Jordan Dumais scores the decisive purpose on Sunday in Gothenburg. (Adam Ihse/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP through Getty Photos)

The Boston College centre put issues to mattress with 3:58 remaining together with his fourth from a good angle after beating Bittner in a race for the puck. Cowan added an empty netter, his first, with 2:44 left.

“Actually good gamers do this,” Canada head coach Alan Letang mentioned of Celebrini rising to the event. “We wanted somebody to step up in that second.

“He is been that man.”

Canada’s dwindling ahead group

Canadian ahead Matthew Savoie (lower-body damage) did not gown after having an MRI. The nationwide group has summoned winger Jagger Firkus of the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors as a possible substitute.

The opposite quarterfinal matchups will see Sweden, which topped Group A, in opposition to Switzerland, Group B winners United States tackle Latvia, and Finland versus Slovakia.

In search of a 3rd straight gold medal — and its first three-peat since successful 5 straight from 2005 to 2009 — Canada fell to the hosts 48 hours earlier after selecting up a 5-2 victory over Finland earlier than dismantling Latvia 10-0.

Canada, which beat the Czech Republic in final yr’s remaining, was right down to 11 forwards with Savoie already out moments into Sunday when Geekie was assessed a significant for an unlawful verify to the top when he demolished a German defender on successful that is clear in North America — however not in worldwide hockey.

“It is actually irrelevant,” head coach Alan Letang mentioned of his view. “Their two views are the views that mattered.”

Lutz put Germany, which upset Finland 4-3 earlier than shedding to Sweden 5-0 and getting crushed 6-2 by Latvia, forward at 2:57 on the following energy play together with his first earlier than Rousseau made an enormous cease on Vadim Schreiner.

Celebrini responded together with his third at 6:20 off the push to tie it. Canada took the lead at 14:37 when Yager buried his second on a person benefit after Fraser Minten’s potential high-sticking infraction went uncalled on the different finish, leaving Luca Hauf writhing in ache and the Germans with simply three skaters on its penalty kill.

Germany obtained again even 1:49 into the second when Kechter scored on an influence play.

Canada had loads of probabilities because the interval wore on. A pissed off group, nevertheless, noticed pucks bounce off sticks and photographs sail large from prime scoring positions because the groups headed to the locker rooms tied 2-2 by means of 40 minutes.

The Canadians are minus vital eligible NHL expertise, together with the record-breaking Connor Bedard, however nonetheless have a roster of fast, expert gamers — led by Celebrini.

“Gave us a ton of momentum,” Yager mentioned of the Vancouver native. “Particular participant. We have despatched it each recreation so yeah, he scored two huge objectives and attracts a fairly large penalty.

“It began with him. Nice job by Mack.”

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