Team Canada squeezed by the Czech Republic 4-3 at the World Hockey Championships in Minsk, Belarus Monday.
The Czechs’ Roman Cervenka opened the scoring and the team heavily out-shot the canucks in the first period, but the Canadians followed up with four goals from Joel Ward, Kyle Turris, Nathan MacKinnon and Morgan Rielly. It appeared as though Canada was in control by the end of the second period, but third period goals from Jiri Novotny and Roman Polak cut the lead to one mid-way through the final frame. The Czechs were poised to tie the game before Jaromir Jagr took a high-sticking penalty with three minutes and six seconds remaining, halting the comeback.
Head coach Dave Tippet elected to go back to James Reimer, who made 15 saves for his first win of the tournament. The team improved to 2-0-1-0 with the victory and took sole possession of first place in group A.
They will now get two days off before going head-to-head Thursday with Denmark, who have lost both of their games played.