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World Junior Hockey Championships: Medal Round

The World Junior Hockey Championships were finished today in Ufa, Russia.  Look back at the preliminary round here and the playoff round here

The medal round games had Canada and Russia meeting in the bronze/fourth place game.  These teams met in the preliminary round and Canada won 4-1.  The gold/silver game pitted defending champions Sweden against USA.

Bronze/4th Game - Russia 6 Canada 5 (overtime) - Russia took an early 2-0 lead in this game.  Canada played hard trying to catch up but never took the lead at any point in the game.  The game was tied up at three and four goals apiece in the second period and at five all at the end of regulation.  After 1:35 of overtime Valeri Nichushkin (2013 draft eligible) scored the game winning goal giving Russia the bronze medal.  Nail Yakupov (Edmonton prospect) scored twice for Russia; with Kirill Dyakov (undrafted) adding a goal and an assist and Albert Yarullin (undrafted) and Vladimir Tkachyov (undrafted) each added two assists.  Canada's offensive leaders were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton prospect) who scored four points, Ryan Murphy (Carolina prospect) who scored three points and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida prospect) and Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg prospect) each scoring two points.  Andrei Makarov (undrafted) faced 45 shots for Russia in the victory.  Canada started Jordan Binnington (St Louis prospect) in goal but he was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots.  Malcolm Subban (Boston prospect) finished the game.

Gold/Silver Game- USA 3 Sweden 1 - Sweden took the first lead in the second period on a Filip Sandberg (undrafted) goal.  USA took the lead with a pair of Rocco Grimaldi (Florida prospect) goals.  They added an empty net goal by Vince Trocheck (Florida prospect) - he had an assist earlier.  John Gibson (Anaheim prospect) stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.  Niklas Lundstrom (St Louis prospect) was the losing Swedish goalie.  USA takes the gold medal and Sweden takes silver.  It is a reasonable question to ask if the result might have been different if Mike Zibanejad had been there for Sweden.

John Gibson, the American goalie, was named MVP of the tournament.  The tournament all star team consisted of Gibson, Jakub Trouba (Winnipeg prospect), Jake McCabe (Buffalo prospect) and John Gaudreau (Calgary prospect) all of USA, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Canada and Filip Forsberg (Washington prospect) of Sweden.

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