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Monday, December 31, 2012

CANADA 4 RUSSIA 1

UFA, Russia - Canada defeated host Russia 4-1 today to lock up a semifinal berth at the world junior hockey championship.

Canada won all four of its preliminary-round games to finish first in Pool B.

Dougie Hamilton, Mark Scheifele and Jonathan Drouin scored for Canada with captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisting on all three goals.

Jonathan Huberdeau added an empty-net goal.

Canadian goalie Malcolm Subban made 21 saves for his fourth win of the tournament.

Nikita Kucherov scored for Russia and goaltender Andrei Makarov of the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades made 44 saves.

Canada will meet the winner of Wednesday's quarter-final between the United States and the Czech Republic.

Defending champion Sweden finished first in Pool A and awaits the winner of the quarter-final between Russia and Switzerland.

© 2012 The Canadian Press

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Guess I was wrong about the Canadians losing in the quarters mr morin.

Subban has played well but he needs to be stellar for the next 2 games.

Anonymous said...

Best game Canada played all tournament from start to finish. Just pure dominance from them.

The more I watch Jonathan Drouin in the tournament the more I like him.
He is a very smart and skilled player. Maybe he should also be in the discussion for the #1 pick in the upcoming draft.

Nail Yakupov looked like a ghost out there again. He might be the biggest bust in the whole tournament with how he has played.

IMO I wouldn't be shocked if we see a massive upset in the QF, Switzerland is a feisty team who took every one of their round robin games to OT, and almost beat the Russians in an exhibition game a few weeks back. I believe the final score was something like 7-5. Again the Russians IMO have not looked that good at all either, some very selfish play from some of the Russians too.





Anonymous said...

Go Canada Go!

Anonymous said...

The Russians were upset by the Swiss at the 2010 WJC in S'toon in OT. Then Canada made easy work of the Swiss, of coarse, in the semis. Though all of CUC was cheering for Nino and Switzerland. Probably the loudest most of the players will ever get cheered for in their careers. Won't have "home ice advantage" this time around though.

FG

Anonymous said...

Go Canada! Anyone else think it's odd that Switzerland advances and Finland doesn't even though the Fins won 2 games (one in OT) and Switzerland only won one game?