It was a hockey game fans across Canada won’t soon forget — if ever.
The Canadians captured their first world junior title since 2009 with a heart-pounding 5-4 victory over Russia on Monday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The second period accounted for six goals.
Canada scored its three in more than seven minutes to build a 5-1 lead. Russia stormed back with three goals in a 3:16 span as the teams headed into the third period with Canada clinging to a 5-4 advantage.
Somehow, Canada held on in a frantic finish to preserve the golden victory.
It didn’t take long for the Twitter reaction, beginning with a message from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who attended Monday night’s classic game.
During the celebration Canadian captain Curtis Lazar had time to chime in.
Years later, this little guy would go on to light up the world junior tournament.
Max Domi, in a photo with hockey dad and former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi, finished the tournament with five goals and 10 points in seven games.
He was named the top forward of the tournament.
So happy to have stayed up in Europe to watch the Canadians win! Hockey is Canada's Game! pic.twitter.com/8nJuUyONTr— @BobsledKaillie
Top goalie: Dennis Golda (SLO) Top D: Vladislav Gavrikov (RUS) Top F3: Max Domi (CAN)— @CanadaWorldJ