Canada Red was unable to hold on to their early first period lead, allowing Russia to advance to the semi-finals following a 4-1 victory for the visitors.

Canada would get the first goal of the game from Mr. Exceptional, Sean Day. The defenseman, who is having a stellar start to the Ontario Hockey League season with the Mississauga Steelheads,  The 16-year-old would score the only goal of the first, a power-play marker seven minutes into the period.

Canada didn’t know it yet, but it was the beginning of the end for the hometown team. Halfway through the second, German Rubtsov started the Russian scoring brigade with an even strength goal to tie the game. Canada tried to battle back, peppering Maxim Kalyayev from every angle in an attempt to take back their lead, but the Irbis Kazan goaltender stood tall with a sharp performance.

The Canadians occurred a brutal collapse in the third. First, Dmitri Sokolov gave Russia the game winning goal just three minutes into the second. Two minutes after, Sokolov was lucky again, beating Dylan Wells with a great fake deke in front to make it 3-1. Two minutes after that, Kalyayev’s teammate from Kazan, Maxim Bain, capped off the 4-1 victory with a nice little play of his own.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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