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Canadian men beat Czechs to claim ice hockey bronze

Canadian men beat Czechs to claim ice hockey bronze
By Reuters

25/02/2018 at 01:44Updated 25/02/2018 at 03:02

Andrew Ebbett and Chris Kelly both scored twice as Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-4 on Saturday to claim bronze in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Andrew Ebbett and Chris Kelly both scored twice as Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-4 on Saturday to claim bronze in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

With the win, the Canadians have now earned a hockey medal in three straight Winter Olympics, although Saturday's bronze will look dull in their eyes next to the golds they captured in Sochi and Vancouver.

"We didn't want to finish in that fourth-place position; get the third, get the bronze and it's something you'll cherish forever," Ebbett said.

Still, it left them wondering where that goal production had been in Friday's stunning 4-3 loss to Germany which eliminated them from a run at a third straight gold. The Germans face the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) in Sunday's gold-medal game, the final title being awarded in the Pyeongchang Games.

"Personally I think I'll probably be thinking about that game last night for a long, long time," Ebbett said.

"I still can't explain what happened. We just didn't have it in the first period. Germany played a full 60 minutes and we played 25-30. It wasn't enough and man, it would have been fun to play Russia for the gold medal -- what every Canadian dreams of."

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