Canada vs. Czechia final score, results: Mason McTavish's two goals propel Canada to third win at 2022 World Juniors – Sporting News

The team started out slow, but Canada eventually found its footing and put together another dominant performance at the 2022 World Juniors, defeating Czechia 5-1 on Saturday night. 
Czechia got on the scoresheet first, with Martin Rysavy potting a shorthanded goal to put Canada behind for the first time all tournament. However, the Canadians responded with five unanswered goals, securing their third win of the tournament to improve to 3-0-0-0. 
Mason McTavish scored two goals, Kent Johnson pulled off a successful Michigan goal and Ridly Greig and Tyson Foerster found the back of the net for Canada. Ronan Seeley and Jack Thompson each added two assists while Dylan Garand stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced. 
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While he allowed five goals by the end, Tomas Suchanek kept the game close in the first period, stopping over 20 shots and making a couple of sensational saves to keep the contest tight. While it was enough to win Player of the Game for Czechia, it was not enough to get the win as Czechia dropped their second game of the tournament. 
Canada has a day off on Sunday before they will regroup to face their toughest test yet, as they have a date with Finland on Monday. Czechia will play their final game of the preliminary round tomorrow against Latvia. 
The Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the Canada-Czechia matchup at the 2022 World Juniors.
Each game, TSN will highlight one player on Team Canada to follow along with during the matchup.
For the Czechia game, we will follow Kent Johnson. The Canada assistant captain has just one assist so far at the tournament, but we’ve seen him use his hands to create opportunities for himself and teammates multiple times during the World Juniors.
The No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 draft by the Blue Jackets, Johnson’s skill with the puck on the stick is what makes him so dangerous. The results haven’t been there yet at this tournament in terms of points, but Johnson is bound to find the back of the net.
A couple of forced plays by Johnson early, especially on the five-minute power play. He tried a couple of passes that were picked off as he showed pass for too long. 
Speaking of passes though, Johnson sent a really nice saucer pass to Tyson Foerster off the rush, who ripped a wrister on net but no dice. He follows that up by finding Foerster again through traffic in the slot, who slings it to Stankoven on the back door, but he’s robbed by Suchanek. 
Yeah so those hands of Johnson? On full display. He successful completes the Michigan goal, picking the puck up from behind the net and slinging it by Tomas Suchanek. Just a fantastic move by the Blue Jackets prospect. 
Kent Johnson puts Canada up late in the first with the Michigan! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/CaS79vMuc8
After a rocky start, Johnson’s passing has been superb today. He constantly has found Foerster, who has an incredibly hard shot and has not shied away from shooting. Johnson is finding him all over the offensive zone, in the slot, at the top of the circles, on the outside. They’ve been Canada’s best line today. 
Johnson’s feeling the confidence, as he tries to go in between the legs in front of the net. This has been far and beyond his best game at the tournament. He’s been all over the ice, creating multiple chances for Canada. 
Johnson has been feeding Foerster all day long and it finally results in a goal. Foerster unleashes a bomb in the slot off a pass from Johnson. We’ve been waiting for this line to produce and they finally seem to be clicking in this game. 
8:40 p.m. — Canada hangs on and defeats Czechia 5-1. It was a slow start, but Canada got their mojo at the back end of the first, thanks in part to Johnson’s spectacular goal. They put over 50 shots on Suchanek, who was Czechia’s best player. That second line of Stankoven-Foerster-Stankoven register two goals and looked the best out of any of Canada’s lines. 
8:23 p.m. — Czechia heads to another power play, as Ridly Greig is called for high-sticking. For as good as he’s been, that’s his fifth minor penalty of the tournament. 
8:14 p.m. — GOAL! Finally, Tyson Foerster finds twine. He’s been peppering the net all night. Johnson comes out from below the goal line and finds Foerster in the slot, who unleashes a bomb over the glove of Suchanek. 5-1 Canada with just over 12 minutes left. 
Tyson Foerster puts Canada up 5-1! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/D4RrPHXtCu
8:08 p.m. — Brennan Othmann just laid a huge hit on David Jiricek. The Czech defender is no easy player to knock over, Othmann appears toe be laboring as he heads to the bench. Things are starting to get a little chippy, Connor Bedard just took a cross check while he was changing. 
7:45 p.m. — After 40 minutes, Canada is in control. They carried the momentum from the first over into the second, maintaining the face if play and taking it to Czechia. It’s been a strong showing from the top-six forward group for Canada, as well as their defensive core. 
7:32 p.m. — Czechia just had their best goal scoring chance in a while. The puck gets to to the front of the net, goes off a couple of bodies and ends up in the crease. A scrum ensues in the crease with multiple Czechs jamming at the puck, but it stays out thanks to Garand. 
7:27 p.m. — GOAL! McTavish is back at it again. Some really crisp passing in the neutral zone leads to McTavish in all alone on Suchanek. He goes forehand, backhand and slides the puck in between the goalie’s legs. It’s his second of the night and sixth of the tournament. 
Mason McTavish finds the back for the net for the second time in the game! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/S3MZqIl6r7
7:24 p.m. — The line of Johnson-Foerster-Stankoven has been the best so far today. Foerster had two chances, one on a wrist shot from the outside and another on a rebound that he collected to the side of Czechia’s goal, but hit the side of the net. Johnson has been feeding Foerster all day long. 
7:15 p.m. — Now Czechia will go to the power play as Joshua Roy is called for interference. He hit Suchanek as he was skating towards the crease, clipping the goalie’s legs. 
7:14 p.m. — GOAL! This one goes in for Greig. Ronan Seeley gets the puck at the top of the circle, finds the stick of Greig and the Senators prospect tips it into the net. It came right off the opening faceoff for the power play, 3-1 Canada. 
Ridly Greig scores 5 seconds into the power play! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/h8shJ2Lzfc
7:13 p.m. — Breakaway chance for Ridley Greig, who cuts to the left and tried to elevate it up and over the glove, by Suchanek catches it. However Canada goes to the power play as Gabriel Sztruc is called for roughing. 
6:55 p.m. — After a slow start, Canada was able to ramp up the pressure on Czechia and momentum is fully on their side. Czechia was able to get ahead with the shorthanded goal, but Canada regroup and peppered Suchanek. If not for Suchanek, this easily could be 4-1, 5-1. 
6:47 p.m. — GOAL! Holy cow Kent Johnson. We have our first successful Michigan as Johnson collects the puck behind the net and wraps it around and into the net. He had time with the defenseman engaged with the fallen Stankoven and beats Suchanek over the shoulder. An absolutely sick goal by the Blue Jackets prospect. 
Kent Johnson puts Canada up late in the first with the Michigan! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/CaS79vMuc8
6:46 p.m. — This has been an incredible period by Suchanek. This time, he stuffs Stankoven’s backdoor attempt. Johnson had found Foerster in the slot, who found Stankoven backdoor for the chance. 
6:43 p.m. — GOAL! On their 20th shot of the period, Canada finally gets one by Suchanek. A shot from Jack Thompson at the point deflects of Mason McTavish’s leg in front and gets by Suchanek. That’s McTavish’s fifth goal of the tournament. Canada is able to tie the game with three minutes left in the first. 
Jack Thompson ties it up for Canada! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/ozEYrejIxz
6:42 p.m. — Oh my word, Tomas Suchanek. Kent Johnson was left all alone coming from behind the net. Tyson Foerster spins and sends a no-look backhand pass to Johnson at the backdoor, but Suchanek makes an incredible save. 
6:40 p.m. — Czechia’s physicality is what has been most effective so far. They’re not allowing Canada to chip the puck by them and go around in the offensive zone. They step up and take the body and they’ve been very successful with it. 
6:35 p.m. — What a shift by the first line for Canada. Multiple chances Connor Bedard, who gets a solid shot on net from the top of the circle before collecting a loose puck in front and sending it over the night. Nothing is getting past Suchanek, as he just made the best play of the game so far, when a whiffed one-timer came to Olen Zellweger all alone on the right side, but Suchanek made the glove save. 
6:31 p.m. — A huge kill by Czechia, who go ahead with the shorthanded goal. Six shots on goal by Canada, but could not get anything by Suchanek. A wasted opportunity for what was been a strong power play for Canada. 
6:30 p.m. — Some good chances for Canada so far on the power play but nothing doing. Logan Stankoven had a couple of one-time attempts, one he whiffed on and another was swallowed up by Tomas Suchanek. 
6:21 p.m. — GOAL! It’s Czechia who strikes first as Martin Rysavy hits the back bar. It wasn’t called on the ice, but the Czechia’s bench was confident it went in. Once played stopped, it went to review and it’s confirmed a goal. A shorthanded tally allowed by Canada, who got caught up ice and no one could get back to cover Rysavy coming in on the rush with Jakub Kos. 
Czechia with the opener and first shorthanded tally of the WJC.

Martin Rysavy finishes off the pretty play pic.twitter.com/CdkoEyPj5i
6:19 p.m. — Chmelar’s night is done. It’s confirmed it’s a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Not a good penalty to take and Canada goes to work on the power play early in the first. 
6:16 p.m. — Canada is going to go the power play. After a great shift in the Canada zone by Czechia, the puck gets out of the zone and Jaroslav Chmelar hits Brennan Othmann from behind. A dangerous hit that cuts Othmann in the nose. The call on the ice is a five-minute major for boarding, but they’re going to review the play. 
6:12 p.m. — Right off the bat, you can tell Czechia is a far better opponent than Canada has faced so far. They can play with speed, their quick with the puck and boy, do they love to play physically. 
5 p.m. — Here is how Canada lines up. No personnel changes from the game against Switzerland, however Brennan Othmann is up on the first line with Mason McTavish and Connor Bedard, replacing Joshua Roy. After he was scratched against Latvia, Othmann had a goal and two assists against Slovakia, and by the third, was playing alongside McTavish and Bedard. 
Line ‘em up. 🇨🇦 #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/Q6oDq11icN
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call live in Edmonton. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will provide analysis during intermissions.
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at TSN.ca or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
The puck drops at 6 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., home of the NHL’s Oilers and WHL’s Oil Kings.
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This is the third game for both clubs at the 2022 World Juniors.
Canada is a 3.5-goal favorite on the puck line for the contest against Czechia at the World Juniors, according to Sports Interaction.
(All times Eastern)

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