Canada wins ice hockey bronze against Czech Republic

Canada's Wojciech Wolski  (second right) celebrates scoring in the men's bronze medal ice hockey match between the Czech Republic and Canada at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Pyeongchang.

Story highlights

  • 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

(CNN)They were expected to win the gold, but Canada's men's hockey team will leave the Winter Games with a bronze medal.

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."