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Akil Thomas Scores Golden Goal at 2020 World Juniors

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With 3:58 seconds remaining in the third period, Niagara IceDogs Captain Akil Thomas scored the golden game winning goal for Canada over the Russians in Sunday’s final.

After setting up Canada’s first goal of the tournament and¬†scoring it’s last,¬† Akil returns to Niagara a 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medallist.

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 5: Canada's Akil Thomas #16 falls as he breaks in on Russia's Amir Miftahkov #1 during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – JANUARY 5: Canada’s Akil Thomas #16 falls as he breaks in on Russia’s Amir Miftahkov #1 during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 5: Canada's Akil Thomas #16 shoots on Russia's Amir Miftahkov #1 as he falling down during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – JANUARY 5: Canada’s Akil Thomas #16 shoots on Russia’s Amir Miftahkov #1 as he falling down during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 5: Canada's Akil Thomas #16 score the game winner on Russia's Amir Miftahkov #1 as he falling down during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – JANUARY 5: Canada’s Akil Thomas #16 score the game winner on Russia’s Amir Miftahkov #1 as he falling down during gold medal game action at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship at Ostravar Arena on January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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