RIGA, Latvia — Tyler Myers scored the game-winning goal just over four minutes into the third period as Canada ended the men’s hockey world championship preliminary round on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Czechia.
Peyton Krebs and Lawson Crouse, in an empty net, also scored for Canada. Scott Laughton had two assists, while Samuel Montembeault only faced 17 shots.
Martin Kaut answered for Czechia, who got 41 saves from Karel Vejmelka.
Canada finished second in Group B with 15 points (four wins in regulation, one win in overtime, one loss in overtime, one loss in regulation), two ahead of the third-placed Czechs.
Switzerland, who later played their last game of the preliminary round against co-hosts Latvia, had already clinched top spot in the group with 18 points from six regulation wins.
Canada will face defending champion and co-host Finland, who were tied for third in Group A heading into Tuesday’s games, in the quarterfinals.