“It’s unbelievable. It was really great to lead this group all the way to the gold medal. I’m sure a lot of people have already written off us in the early stages of the championship. But we continued to trust each other. We continued to trust each other,” said Canadian captain Adam Henrique, who He scored an important goal to equalize for 2:2 in the final in the 53rd minute, because we got to the end of the trip, it was a good tournament.
For the first time the world champion is the team that has lost four times in the tournament. Canada has claimed its third gold in the last six tournaments it has played in, in which it has also won two silvers.
In the final, which was a replay of the last match of the 2019 World Championships in Bratislava, where the Finns celebrated with a score of 3:1, the Finns clearly showed their resilience. They succeeded, although they lost twice. “I am very proud of these boys,” said coach Gerard Gallant.
Added Galant, whose team eliminated Russia in the quarter-finals and USA in the semi-finals.
Maxime Comtois played a very important role in the final. He leveled on his own at 1:1, and assisted with the second shot.
“I will remember the misery and adversity we faced. When our roster was published, I remember those comments. People never gave us a chance. They were unhappy with the team that the Canadian Hockey Administration had sent to the tournament. But we showed how wrong they were,” said Comtois. Yes, we had some tough times, but when it came to something, we played hockey really well. Now we have the gold.”
“Even in extra time, we went with the only idea of what we were able to get out of throughout the tournament. Nothing was easy. Three defeats in the beginning, we lost to the Russian team…but we said we could do it again. And we went into overtime. Comfortably,” added Comtoa.
Even better was the final point for the players who suffered defeat last year in Bratislava, where the Canadians were in the final as favorites.
“We knew we had a tough fight in front of us because the Finns play hockey really well and are well organized and it was clear during the tournament that they never gave up. Plus, once they took the lead, it was really hard to catch them. But we did that too. And they overcame, so it was There’s almost a show, especially for me and “Stecha” (defender Troy Stecher),” Henrik praised.
Up to eight Finnish players could enjoy the defense, but they didn’t wait. “Then it was about one goal. There were a lot of matches like this in the tournament. Unfortunately we lost in the least convenient time. Of course it hurts a lot, but I am still very proud of this team. We played well and we are on the verge of winning,” said Captain Marco Antilla “Here Hockey game.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the performance our team gave here. We didn’t lose a single game in the tournament in the starting time and the players fought hard. I can’t do anything but praise them.” Coach Yuka Yalonin said.