Russia went undefeated against Canadian junior teams on Friday night, and when it mattered most, they were able to grab a bronze medal thanks to a 2-0 victory over Canada East.
Just an hour after the Canada vs Russia World Junior pre-tournament round game went underway (which Russia ended up winning 2-1), Russia outplayed their Junior A rivals to finish off the WJAC on a high note. Just three minutes into the contest, Kirill Kaprizov toe-dragged the puck into the slot and snapped a shot past Blade Mann-Dixon for the first and only goal of the first 40 minutes of play.
Canada out-shot Russia in all three periods, eventually finishing with the 46-29 victory in that category. However, just like in the World Junior game earlier, the shot totals had very little to do with the final score. Denis Guryanov gave Russia the 2-0 victory after his hard wrist-shot went off the inside of the post and past the line, ending any chance of a Canadian comeback.
The tournament proved to be the first time a Canadian team has not received a medal at the WJAC. Earlier in the day, Canada West finished dead last after a 3-2 loss to Switzerland.
Denmark and USA will battle in the gold medal game on Saturday afternoon, with the puck drop set for 4:30 pm EST.
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