Canada won the gold medal at the World Junior Championship, defeating Russia, 5-4, in a thrilling game in Toronto Monday night. And Stars prospect Matej Paulovic and Slovakia took home the bronze medal, upsetting Sweden, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre earlier in the day.
Canada built a 5-1 lead in the second period only to have the Russians score three quick goals to cut the lead to 5-4 before the second intermission. The two teams then played a fast-paced third period in which Canada was able to maintain its one-goal lead and win gold at the tournament for the first time since 2009.
Max Domi, who was named the best forward at the tournament, had one goal and two assists for Canada.
Slovakia won its second medal at the tournament and its first since 1999, when it won bronze in Winnipeg.
Pavol Skalicky scored on a five-minute power play early in the third period to give Slovakia a 3-2 lead over Sweden. The Slovaks clinched the win and the medal with a late empty-net goal. Goaltender Denis Godla stopped 26 of 28 shots for Slovakia and was named the tournament’s MVP and best goaltender.
Paulovic played on Slovakia’s second line in Monday’s game. He had no points and three shots on goal. Paulovic, a fifth-round pick in 2013, had one assist in seven games at the tournament.
Individual Awards (selected by the Directorate)
Best Goalkeeper: Denis Godla, Slovakia
Best Defenseman: Vladislav Gavrikov, Russia
Best Forward: Max Domi, Canada
Most Valuable Player (selected by the media)
Denis Godla, Slovakia
All-Star Team (selected by the media)
G: Denis Godla, Slovakia
D: Gustav Forsling, Sweden
D: Josh Morrissey, Canada
F: Sam Reinhart, Canada
F: Max Domi, Canada
F: Connor McDavid, Canada
Gold medal game: Canada 5, Russia 4
Bronze medal game: Slovakia 4, Sweden 2