Team Canada closed out Group A of the 2024 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden with a 6-3 win over Germany on New Year’s Eve. With the win, Canada improved to a record of three wins and one loss and will play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Canada beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the final of the 2023 World Juniors, and the Czechs were the only team to beat Canada in the tournament as they won 5-2 on Boxing Day, 2022.
In Canada’s win over Germany on Sunday, four Canadians had multi-point games. Boston University forward Macklin Celebrini of North Vancouver, British Columbia had two goals, Pittsburgh Penguins first round pick and Moose Jaw Warriors centre Brayden Yager of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan had one goal and one assist for two points, Philadelphia Flyers first round pick and London Knights defenseman Oliver Bonk of Ottawa, Ontario had two assists, and Seattle Kraken second round pick and Kitchener Rangers centre Carson Rehkopf of Vaughan, Ontario had two assists. The other three Canadian goal scorers were Montreal Canadiens second round pick and Peterborough Petes centre Owen Beck of Peterborough, Ontario, Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick and Knights right winger Easton Cowan of Mount Brydges, Ontario, and Columbus Blue Jackets first round pick and Halifax Mooseheads right winger Jordan Dumais of Montreal, Quebec.
The other three quarterfinal matchups have Finland versus Slovakia, the United States versus Latvia and Switzerland versus Sweden. The semifinals will be on Thursday and the final will be on Friday.