Resilient Canadians capture 3rd world junior gold medal in 6 years

Akil Thomas capped a three-goal, third-period comeback with his first of this year's world junior hockey championship, beating Russian goalie Amir Miftakhov with less than four minutes left in regulation to lift Canada to a 4-3 win on Sunday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

With Canada trailing 3-1 near the midway mark of the third, Connor McMichael and captain Barrett Hayton scored 2:01 apart.

It wasn't known until minutes before the opening faceoff that Hayton would suit up after leaving Saturday's semifinal win over Finland early in the third period, clutching his left arm.

The Arizona Coyotes rookie forward finished the tourney as Canada's leading scorer with 12 points on six goals and six assists.

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