They battled through injuries.
They battled through penalties.
And Team Canada battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to beat Russia 4-3 to take the Gold Medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Akil Thomas scored the game-winning goal – his only tally of the tournament – in Canada’s three-goal third period.
AKIL THOMAS. GO-AHEAD GOAL. HOW??? 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/qT1eq2Oxw3— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2020
Canada lost just one game at the tournament – 6-0 to Russia – in the preliminary round. It was Canada’s worst defeat in world junior hockey history.
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