Dylan Guenther’s golden goal in overtime lifted Canada to a 3-2 win over Czechia in the final of the World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax on Thursday night.
Guenther, who won a WHL championship with the Edmonton Oil Kings last season, opened the scoring in regulation and captain Shane Wright, celebrating his 19th birthday, scored to make it 2-0 Canada in the second period. The Czechs responded with two goals in the third period to force overtime, where Guenther scored the winner on a 2-on-1 rush with Joshua Roy 6:22 into the extra frame.
Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard, widely expected to go first overall in this summer's NHL Draft, was named the tournament's MVP after finishing with 23 points, the most for a Canadian at a single World Juniors. He also owns the records for most all-time goals (17) and points (36) scored by a Canadian at the event.
Canada wins its 20th World Junior title overall and becomes the first team to win back to back gold medals since Canada's run of five-straight championships from 2005 to 2009.
The USA captured bronze after beating Sweden 8-7 in OT earlier in the day.