Canada already had clinched first place in Group B at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but wanted to end preliminary-round play Wednesday on a positive note. It took until the final 3:45 of the game, but the Canadians left the ice at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia with smiles on their faces following a dramatic 3-2, come-from-behind win against Slovakia.
Center Sam Reinhart, a top candidate for the 2014 NHL Draft who currently plays for the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League, capped Canada's comeback by scoring the winning goal with 53 seconds left in regulation.
Defenseman Joshua Morrissey, who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL and is a candidate to be a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, had a hand in all three Canada goals, scoring once and assisting on the others.
Slovakia led 2-0 heading into the final minutes of regulation on goals by Kristian Horvat and Martin Ambroz and shutout goaltending by Maros Mikolas. But Ryan Kujawinski, a center with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League, got Canada on the board when he scored off a Morrissey setup with 3:45 left.