Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/04/12 at 04:02 AM ET
Canada will not play for gold at the world junior hockey championship for the first time in over a decade.
The host country lost 6-5 to Russia in Tuesday’s semifinal, despite a four-goal burst in the third period.
Russia will meet Sweden for gold, while Canada faces Finland for bronze Thursday.
“They scored early. We didn’t react as well as we should have,” Canadian forward Brett Connolly said. “We’ve got to be better.”...
Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov, the lone returning player from last year’s squad, was a one-man wrecking crew with three goals and an assist.
Defencemen Nikita Nesterov and Alexander Khokhlachev and forward Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Russians. Nail Yakupov, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, had three assists.
“We win. We’re pretty excited,” Yakupov said. “We beat Canada. Russia’s better than Canada.”
added 1:43am, Video highlights of the game can be watched below…
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