Czechs shock Canada White to win bronze in Dawson Creek
It wasn't the outcome Canada White wanted against the Czech Republic Saturday afternoon in the bronze medal game of the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Czechs came out flying scoring an early goal from Matej Toman.
Michal Teplay added another goal to extend the Czech lead.
It was a nerve-wracking 3rd frame, with Canada coming to life after a late goal and they even came close to tying it up in the end. The Czechs would hold on with the 2-1 win claiming their first u17 medal in 11-years when they won bronze in 2006 in Regina.
After the game, Czech players were thrilled with the victory. Through a translator they were able to say it was the best moment of their hockey careers so far.
"It’s the best feeling in my life. Our team had hard work," said an excited Czech Republic forward Martin Lang.
Meanwhile, Canada White players were shattered after the final whistle.
"We had a lot of pressure there at the end. We just got off to a bad start I guess it was too late,” says Canada White defenceman Nathan Staios. “We battled back hard though. The guys really battled hard at the end. It's too bad we couldn't come out with a medal."
The Czechs completed a remarkable tournament turnaround. They lost all three of their preliminary games but shocked the Russians en-route to the bronze medal.