Canada earned a 3-2 overtime win over the Czech Republic in a warm-up for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, an under-18 event the Canadians have won in each of the last two years.
Daniel Catenacci scored 26 seconds into extra time in Breclav to seal the win Saturday. It was Canada's only exhibition before the tournament opens Monday against Sweden.
"I like the final result," Canadian coach George Burnett said. "There was some sloppiness, but I think some of it was to be expected.
"The great thing about tonight is that we can learn a lot of valuable lessons and still come away with a win."
Canada, Russia and Sweden have held the podium — in that order — for two years in a row.
The Canadians opened their evaluation camp in Calgary on July 30, and flew to the Czech Republic five days later. They had time for two practices in Europe before Saturday's exhibition game.
"We've got a quality group of people here," Burnett said. "We don't have a lot of guys who play with each other, but there's some familiarity there with the under-17 teams that kids participated in at Christmastime last year."
Canada trailed 1-0 after the first period Saturday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins pulled the Canadians even in the second before Xavier Ouellet sent the game into overtime with a goal late in regulation.
The United States also won its warm-up, earning a 3-0 win over Slovakia.
Burnett said a lack of motivation will not be a factor in the summer event, but the ability for his players to jump to full speed from vacation mode could be a test.
"Getting the best out of them at this time of year is a challenge, and not necessarily for me, but just for them to find a way to be at their best," the coach said. "Generally, they're not playing at this kind of level for another six weeks.
"So it is different on the system, but it's the same for every team that participates in the tournament."