VIDEO: Czech Republic upsets Canada on great shootout goal
Dominik Simon scored a fantastic game-winner in the shootout to give the Czech Republic their first win over Canada at the World Junior Championship since 1993.
The Czech Republic hadn’t beaten Canada at the World Junior Championship since 1993 and hadn’t done better than a 1-1 tie since 2000. In the last eight meetings between the two teams, Canada had won each game and outscored the Czechs 42-7 over that span.
Well all that was erased Saturday as the Czech Republic upset Canada in a thrilling 5-4 shootout win in Malmo, Sweden.
Dominik Simon scored the shootout winner using the same move that landed Swedish legend Peter Forsberg, who was in Malmo Saturday, on a stamp in his native land.
The game was a wild one, with the Czechs never trailing Canada, but unable to hold onto any of their four leads in the game.
The shootout started with a fantastic goal by Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, who roofed one past Czech goalie Marke Langhammer on the backhand. After the Czechs got one back with their second shot, 16-year-old phenom Connor McDavid shot for Canada, but mishandled the puck. That opened the door for Simon.
The Czech forward skated in on Jake Paterson, faked to his forehand, then with one hand on his stick got it back to his backhand and slid it past Paterson who couldn’t recover in time.
It’s a monumental win for the Czech Republic and it puts Team USA in the driver's seat in first place in Group A. The U.S. meets Canada on Dec. 31 at 11:30 a.m. ET in the tournament's final preliminary-round game.
(h/t CJ Fogler for the video)
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