Canada beats Germany 5-2 to win gold at men's world hockey championship
Canada's Scott Laughton celebrates with teammates after his empty net goal during the gold medal match against Germany at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Tampere, Finland, Sunday, May 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, May 28, 2023 3:48PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, May 28, 2023 4:03PM EDT
TAMPERE, Finland - Sammy Blais scored twice as Canada beat Germany 5-2 to capture gold at the men's world hockey championship today.
Lawson Crouse, captain Tyler Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored, and Peyton Krebs pitched in two assists for Canada.
JJ Peterka and Daniel Fischbuch had the goals for Germany, which was in the gold-medal game for the first time since 1992 when the playoff format was introduced at the world championship. Moritz Seider added two assists.
Goaltender Samuel Montembeault made 21 saves for Canada, while German netminder Mathias Niederberger turned away 23 shots.
Canada won gold for the second time in three years after losing to Finland in overtime in last year's world championship gold-medal game.
Latvia beat the United States 4-3 in overtime in the bronze-medal game earlier to earn its first-ever medal at the tournament.
Peterka opened the scoring for Germany at 7:44 of the first period with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle off a breakout that beat Montembeault.
Blais responded three minutes later, scoring in his third consecutive game after finishing off a pass from centre Peyton Krebs on a two-on-one to tie the game at 1-1.
Fischbuch gave Germany the lead again on a one-timer from the slot that trickled into the net 13:47 into the second period.
Canada replied with Crouse deflecting a pass from Krebs on the power play with 2:32 remaining in the second frame.
Blais then buried his second of the game 4:51 into the third period with a backhand off a rebound to put Canada ahead.
Toffoli added an insurance marker with eight minutes left, scoring with a wrist shot on a two-on-one to make it 4-2 in favour of Canada.
Laughton scored into an empty net with two minutes left to put the game out of reach.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published May 28, 2023.