Thomas Hamara scored his second goal in overtime to complete a four-point night when the Czechs returned from a 6-5 victory over Canada in the Men’s Under-18 World Hockey Championship.
Hamara also scored the equalizer and added two assists with 2:34 regulation remaining, while the Czechs finished second in Group A with five points (one win in extra time, one win in extra time and one loss of organization) after beating Canada in the preliminary round.
Canada are third in the group with four points (one win, one extra rate and one control rate) and will face the second-placed team in Group B in the quarter-finals.
The Canadians went on to win the game 52-24, but Canada’s Kucha Delic scored in less than 11 minutes to give them a 5-4 lead. But the Czechs kept up the pressure on the Canadians, and it was reflected in Hamara scoring a late goal to send him to overtime.
The winning team in the overtime match scores in the strongest match.
For the Czechs, Jerry Kulik scored two goals and an assist, while Adam Barrage and Jan Gaspar scored two. John Spooner allowed five goals from 24 shots.
For Canada, Adam Fantelli and Lucas Drazisevic each scored and assisted one goal each. Nicholas Moldenhauer, who started the match scoring 1:55, and Graden Sibman also scored a goal, with the Red Dyke saving 46 off 52 shots.
The quarter-final matches will be held on Thursday.
Canada, the defending champions, opened the 2022 tournament with an 8-3 loss to the United States before rebounding with an 8-3 win over host Germany.
The 2022 edition of the event was reduced from 10 to eight teams after Russia and Belarus were banned from participating due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.