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Canada's Under-18 team finishes first in group after win over Czech Republic at Worlds

The team includes Prince George's Taylor Gauthier and Kamloops' Connor Zary
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Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars) talks with Nolan Maier (Saskatoon Blades) during a timeout in a Worlds game against the Czech Republic (via Chris Tanouye/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Canada clinched top spot in Group A with a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday at the world under-18 hockey championship.

The Canadians (4-0) will face Latvia (1-3) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Canada scored six unanswered goals against the Czechs after falling behind 2-0.

Alex Newhook, Dylan Holloway, Philip Tomasino, Nathan Legare, Jamieson Rees and Peyton Krebs scored for Canada.

Nolan Maier made 23 saves between the pipes for Canada.

Radek Muzik and Marcel Barinka scored for the Czech Republic, while goaltender Lukas Parik stopped 52 shots.

The United States won Group 'B' and will face Finland in the quarterfinals.

Belarus will meet Russia and Sweden will face the Czech Republic in the other quarterfinals.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday with the medal games to follow on Sunday.