Canada brought a very strong roster to the second ever Youth Olympics in Norway, but Russia’s effort saw Canada’s hated rivals escape with the 4-3 victory.
The first five minutes didn’t look good for the Canadians. While on the power play two minutes in, Yegor Sokolov’s shot went off the boards and off of goaltender Olivier Rodrigue’s back and over the goal line, handing the Russians the 1-0 lead.
Then, three minutes after that, Andrei Svechnikov beat Rodrigue with a quick shot to the left of Rodrigue, earning the 2-0 lead after some tremendous pressure by the European squad.
Canada was the much better team in the second period, but it would take them a while to finally beat Russian netminder Amir Miftakhov. After getting robbed a few minutes earlier, Canadian captain Ty Smith took a pass from Aidan Dudas on the power play and made no mistake, cutting Russia’s lead by one heading into the final 15 minutes.
Canada was never able to take the lead in the contest, and at one point in the third, they actually found themselves trailing by two goals. First, Vladislav Kotkov scored just 23 seconds into the third period after Svechnikov found the Russian forward in front of the net all alone.
Then, a goal with just over ten minutes to go gave Russia the win. Alexander Khovanov would hand Russia the 4-1 lead after a quick little move in front of Rodrique faked out the Quebec native before finding the back of the net, giving Russia the victory. Canada would get goals later in the contest from Allan McShane and Luka Burzan in the final minute, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the Russians in the end.
Canada will get the day off before meeting up with Finland on Monday at 11:00 am EST, the same team that defeated Norway 11-0 to start the event. Russia will play later that same day, hoping to easily defeat Norway to stay undefeated before meeting up with Finland on Tuesday.
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