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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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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