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World Junior Championships Medals

The medal games in the World Junior Hockey Championships went today.  The results of the semi-finals are here, quarterfinals are here and the preliminary round is here.

The bronze/4th game pitted Russia against Slovakia and the gold/silver game pitted Sweden against Canada.

Bronze/4th - Russia 5 Slovakia 2

The Russians took a lead early in the first period on a goal by Pavel Chernov (undrafted - one of his two points) and never looked back.  Nikita Filatov (Columbus prospect) scored two goals for the Russians.  Vadim Zhelobnyuk (undrafted) provided the goaltending stopping 20 of the 22 Slovak shots.  The Slovak offence was provided by Tomas Tatar (2009 draft eligible) and defenceman Martin Stajnoch (undrafted) who each had a goal and an assist.  Jaroslav Janus (undrafted) was the losing goalie stopping 21 of 25 Russian shots, with the final goal scored on an empty net.  Russia wins the bronze medal.

Gold/Silver - Canada 5 Sweden 1

Canada took the lead less than a minute in when PK Subban (Montreal prospect) scored a power play goal and they never looked back.  Cody Hodgson (Vancouver prospect) and Jordan Eberle (Edmonton prospect) were the offensive stars for Canada with three points each.  Dustin Tokarski (Tampa Bay prospect) had a very good game stopping 39 of the 40 Swedish shots.  The lone Swedish goal was scored by Joakim Andersson (Detroit prospect).  Jacob Markstrom (Florida prospect) was the losing goalie stopping 28 of Canada’s 31 shots.  The final two goals came on an empty net.  Canada wins the gold medal and Sweden the silver.

When the tournament was over, Jacob Markstrom of Sweden was selected the top goalie, Erik Karlsson (Ottawa prospect) of Sweden was selected the top defender, John Tavares (2009 draft eligible) of Canada the top forward and the tournament MVP.  Canada won their fifth tournament in a row

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