- Canada wins bronze with 6-4 win over Czech Republic
- Canada loses semifinal by outsider Germany
- Nine-time Olympic champion had won three of last four gold medals
A day after losing to 60-1 outsider Germany in the semifinal, the nine-time Olympic champion defeated the Czech Republic 6-4 to salvage some plaudits from Pyeongchang.
Canada is the winner of three of the past four Olympic titles, and the semifinal capitulation was a severe shock to this hockey-mad nation.
But this was a team lacking any of its National Hockey League stars
, because of a scheduling dispute with franchise owners, and its redemption came in bronze to add to recent golds from 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," Andrew Ebbett , who scored twice for Canada, told the Reuters news agency.
Referring to the defeat by Germany, he added: "Personally I think I'll probably be thinking about that game last night for a long, long time.
"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."