And the referee gets the assist — his first of the tournament.
Kase scores after a nice assist by the referee. 1-0 Czech Republic. pic.twitter.com/10jFXrQG68— @MarcPDumont
Kubus Jozef was questionably in the wrong place at the wrong time...depending on whether you're asking team Canada or the Czech Republic.
Nonetheless, the man in stripes was the most talked-about individual on the ice.
Damn refs. Why are they on the ice? #CANvsCZE— @paddy_scott
The Slovakian referee's unintentional assist put the Czech Republic on the board leaving the Canadians trailing early at the 2016 world junior hockey championships.
Just when you didn't think it could get worse for Team Canada, fans began booing the team after the first period of play...
...in what seems to be an empty arena.
Look at all those empty seats pic.twitter.com/ak2B8BmyX2— @JoeHunk
Biggest surprise at the World Juniors is the empty seats. This is 6 minutes into Canada vs Czech. pic.twitter.com/o8QqQVZouh— @snseanreynolds
Ayoye. A very poor crowd here tonight. Like really bad. Should they win would hope it is much much better vs Sweden. pic.twitter.com/orfPIjD6cA— @BWildeCTV
Despite a tough break at the beginning of the game and a disappointing home crowd, team Canada was able to come back and defeat the Czech Republic 5-3.