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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Russians Rally To Win Gold

Buffalo, NY | by Jon Meyer  

Canada's Juniors fall apart late to Team Russia and lose 5-3 in Gold Medal game.

Canada’s National Junior Team has earned the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship after losing 5-3 to Russia in Wednesday night’s gold medal game at HSBC Arena.

Canada took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission on goals by Ryan Ellis, Carter Ashton and Brayden Schenn, only to see the Russians score five unanswered goals in the third period, leaving the Canadians with silver for the second year in a row.

Schenn’s goal and assist in the game gave him 18 points in the tournament, tying him with Dale McCourt (1977) for the most by a Canadian in a single IIHF World Junior Championship.

Ellis finished his three-year National Junior Team career as the highest-scoring defenceman in tournament history (25 points), and holds the all-time record for most assists by a Canadian (20).

For Canada, it is the eighth time it has won the silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, to go along with runner-up finishes in 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010.

The Most Valuable Player of the tournament and the Top Forward awards were given to Team Canada's Brayden Schenn.

Canada's Ryan Ellis is the Top Defenceman, while Amercian Jack Campbell is the top Goalie

The media all-star team was also announced

It has American goaltender Jack Campbell, Canadian Ryan Ellis and Russian Dmitri on the blueline.

Canadian Forwards Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn centered by Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov.

In the bronze medal game earlier Wednesday, the United States beat Sweden by a score of 4-2.



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