by PuckStopsHere on 01/06/12 at 03:00 PM ET
In the medal round, Russia and Sweden met in the gold/silver game. This was a rematch of a preliminary round game that Sweden won 4-3 in overtime. In the bronze/4th game Canada met Finland. This is a rematch of a much more lopsided preliminary game that Canada won 8-1.
Bronze/4th Canada 4 Finland 0 Canada was dominant in this game. Tanner Pearson (undrafted) scored in the first period and Canada never looked back. Quinton Howden (Florida prospect) scored twice. Mark Schiefele (Winnipeg prospect) added the other goal and an assist. Mark Visentin (Phoenix prospect) stopped 27 shots for the shutout. Sami Aittokallio (Colorado prospect) was the losing goalie for Finland. This gave Canada the bronze medal and marked the 14th straight year Canada wins a medal in this tournament.
Gold/Silver Sweden 1 Russia 0 (overtime) Sweden controlled the play for most of the game but were unable to score in regulation. In fact after two periods, Russia had only four shots on goal. Andrei Makarov (undrafted) was the Russian star goalie. He had been the backup through most of the tournament before coming into the Canada game in relief. He stopped 57 shots in the game. Mika Zibenajad (Ottawa prospect) beat him ten minutes into overtime for the Swedish win. Johan Gustafsson (Minnesota prospect) only faced 17 shots for the overtime shutout. This gives Sweden their first gold medal in the tournament since 1981. Russia wins the silver medal.
Yevgeni Kuznetzov (Washington prospect) of Russia was named the tournament MVP. He joins Sweden’s Max Friberg (Anaheim prospect) and Oscar Kelfburn (Edmonton prospect), Finland’s Mikael Granlund (Minnesota prospect), Canada’s Brandon Gormley (Phoenix prospect) and Petr Mrazek (Detroit prospect) of the Czech Republic.
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