6. 7. 2023 - Štěpán Navrátil
Third gold for Czechia! U18 edged Slovakia
The scoring of the federal derby for gold was opened by Jakub Mikula, who was undefended in the slot and scored top-shelf. The tournament's star Marek Daníček took care of the second goal for the Czechs as he slipped between two defenders, making it 2-0. Shortly after, Ján Šatka got into a solo breakaway, which he finished to narrow the margin to one goal again. But Czechia doubled the lead once again as Štěpán Palán fired a long-ranger. The Slovaks answered almost immediately, it only took Mário Polák 69 seconds to tap in a rebound, making the end of the game very dramatic. However, that was all scoring-wise as brilliantly playing Koudela saved every Slovak shot, securing a 3-2 win and the third gold for Czechia at this year's World Juniors!