Saturday, January 5, 2013
MEDAL STREAK BROKEN
Canadian captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Oklahoma City, AHL) capped off an impressive World Juniors with a goal and three assists to give him 15 points for the tournament, tied for the fourth best single-year performance in Team Canada history.
Ryan Murphy (Aurora, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) and Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) finished with a goal and a helper each for the Canadians, who outshot Russia 45-25 and did most of the damage on the power play, going four-for-five with the man advantage. Brett Ritchie (Orangeville, Ont./Niagara, OHL) scored the other goal for Canada.
Entering this year, Canada had medalled at a record 14 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.
(Courtesy Hockey Canada)