Team Canada finished off Group A of the 2024 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden with a 6-3 win over Germany on New Year's Eve. With the win, Canada improved to its record of three wins and one loss, and will play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Canada beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 2023 World Junior Championship final, and the Czechs were the only team to beat Canada in the tournament as they won 5-2 on Boxing Day 2022.
In Canada's win over Germany on Sunday, four Canadians had multi-point games. Boston University forward MacLean Celebrini of North Vancouver, BC scored twice. Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick and Moose Jaw Warriors center Brayden Yager of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan had one goal and one assist for two points. Philadelphia Flyers first-round pick and London Knights defenseman Oliver Bonk of Ottawa, Ontario had two assists, and Seattle Kraken second-round pick and Kitchener Rangers center Carson Rykopf of Vaughan, Ontario had two assists. The other three Canadian scorers are Montreal Canadiens second-round pick and Peterborough Petes center Owen Beck from Peterborough, Ontario, Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick and Knights right winger Easton Cowan from Mount Bridges, Ontario, and Columbus Blue Jackets first-round pick and Halifax Mooseheads right wing Jordan Dumais from Montreal, Quebec.
The other three confrontations in the quarter-finals are Finland versus Slovakia, the United States versus Latvia, and Switzerland versus Sweden. The semi-finals will be on Thursday and the final on Friday.