IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 05 Jan 2003

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Russia 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 05 January 2003

Two third-period goals by Russia took a 2-1 deficit to a 3-2 lead which the Russians held on to win the Gold medal over Canada.

It was the great Russian speed to the outside and their ability to neutralize Canadaโ€™s power play that fired the victory.

The line of Igor Grigorenko, Andrei Taratukhin and Alexander Perezhogin was dominant throughout. The goals in the third were scored by Grigorenko and Yuri Trubachyov. Taratukhin also scored, in the first. Scoring for Canada were Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Scottie Upshall.

Marc-Andrรฉ Fleury of Canada was named both best goalie by the IIHF Directorate and also tournament MVP as voted on by the media. Grigorenko was named best forward by the Directorate and Joni Pitkรคnen of Finland the best defenceman. The all-star team, as selected by the media, includes: Fleury (goal), Pitkรคnen and Carlo Colaiacovo (Canada, defence), and Grigorenko, Upshall (Canada), and Trubachyovย (forwards)

Halifax and Sydney attracted 242,173 fans to the 31 games, a new World Junior record.

The anticipated rematch of last yearโ€™s final has lived up to the hype. Both teams have been unrelenting in their attacks, and the referee has been very focused on letting them play their physical styles. Jordin Tootoo sent phenom Alexander Ovechkin reeling to the ice with a booming hit in the period, much to crowds the enjoyment.

Ovechkin broke up a Canadian three-on-one late in the period by lying on the ice motionless by the Canadian net. The referee, thinking Ovechkin might be seriously injured whistled down play, and Ovechkin promptly jumped to his feet and played the next shift.

Russia started the game very strong and controlled the action for the first quarter of the period, but Marc-Andrรฉ Fleury was at his most spectacular keeping the Russians at bay. Russia opened the scoring at 11:17 when Andrei Taratukhinย got his own rebound and put the puck through Fleuryโ€™s five-hole.

The goal appeared to wake up the Canadians who started the game flat. The team knotted the score at one under a minute later when a point shot by Ian White was redirected by Peirre-Alexandre Parenteau passed goaltender Andrei Medvedev.

The period featured two Canadian power-plays, but Russia handled Canadaโ€™s potent man-advantage commendably.

1st Period
02:31 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Artyukhin, high sticking
11:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Taratukhin (Grigorenko, Perezhogin)
12:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Parenteau (Bouchard, White)
12:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Tyutin, roughing
12:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Lupul, cross checking
17:05 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Trubachyov, hooking

2nd Period
32:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Roy, tripping
35:02 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Kaigorodov, cross checking
36:22 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Upshall (Laich, Parenteau)

3rd Period
44:22 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Grigorenko (Taratukhin, Perezhogin)
51:09 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Trubachyov (Polushin, Tyutin)
52:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Upshall, elbowing
56:58 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Tyutin, holding

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Medvedev (22-24)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Fleury (28-31)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 14+10+7 = 31
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 12+8+4 = 24

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Konstantin Barulin, Andrei Medvedev. Defence: Dimitri Fakhrutdinov, Denis Grebeshkov, Kirill Koltsov, Maxim Kondratiev, Konstantin Korneyev, Mikhail Lyubushin, Fedor Tyutin, Denis Yezhov. Forwards: Sergei Anchakov, Yevgeni Artyukhin, Igor Grigorenko, Alexei Kaigorodov, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Perezhogin, Dmitri Pestunov, Alexander Polushin, Timofey Shishkanov, Andrei Taratukhin, Yuri Trubachyov (C), Nikolai Zherdev.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Marc-Andrรฉ Fleury, David LeNeveu. Defence: Brendan Bell, Carlo Colaiacovo, Steve Eminger, Alexandre Rouleau, Nathan Paetsch, Ian White, Jeff Woywitka. Forwards: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Gregory Campbell, Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich, Joffrey Lupul, Jay McClement, Daniel Paillรฉ, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Derek Roy, Matt Stajan, Jordin Tootoo, Scottie Upshall (C), Kyle Wellwood.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C) vs. CANADA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
current champion
(since 28 Dec 2002)
Last Title 30 Dec 2001
96 All-Time Wins
10 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie, 1 void)
7 wins
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 4-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 05 Jan 1975 โ€“ WJT โ€“ Winnipeg ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 5-4 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 04 Jan 2002 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Pardubice ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย 
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 4-1 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 03 Jan 2003 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Halifax ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 7-3 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 03 Sep 2003 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Tyumen ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Doc Playerย – IIHFHHOFIOC



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