IHLC Results – Canada 4-2 Russia – 05 Jan 2007

🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 Russia 🇷🇺
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Ejendals Arena, Leksand 🇸🇪
Friday, 05 January 2007

Twenty-two Canadian junior hockey players will return from Sweden with a gold medal after capturing a third world title in as many years on Friday.

Making its sixth consecutive appearance in the championship game, Canada rode three first-period goals to a 4-2 win over Russia in Leksand.

It’s Canada’s first world junior gold on the Olympic-size ice in Europe since it defeated the United States in 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jonathan Toews registered the winning goal, his second in two days after he broke the hearts of the Americans with three shootout markers in a 2-1 semifinal triumph on Wednesday.

“Tonight was a battle from start to finish,” Toews told Canadian cable sports network TSN. “The Russians are a great team but we came out hard and finished hard, too.”

Goaltender Carey Price, who played every minute of Canada’s games, finished with 25 saves and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“I can’t believe it yet. It’s surreal right now,” he told TSN.

“I actually didn’t feel (as nervous) as I did during the shootout. When you play behind a (defence) like we have, it’s pretty easy to play. They just let me play my game.”

Bryan Little and Andrew Cogliano also found the net in the opening 20 minutes as Canada scored three times in a span of two minutes, 27 seconds, before a crowd of 5,223 at Ejendals Arena.

Boston Bruins prospect Brad Marchand rounded out the scoring for the Canadians, who finished the 10-day tournament with a 6-0-0 record for the third consecutive year.

“It’s hard to describe. It’s unbelievable,” Canadian coach Craig Hartsburg said. “I’m so proud of these kids. It’s tough to come over here and win this thing.

“And they were a team right from the time we named the team, they were unbelievable and I’m so proud of every one of them.”

Canadian defenceman Marc Staal also won gold in Vancouver last year but said this year’s victory is a “totally different feeling.”

“Winning in Europe is unbelievable,” he said. “From the start (of the tournament) we just kept it simple. We clogged up the middle, teams got frustrated and turned it over.”

Russia (5-1-0) lost in the final for the third straight year. They have earned five silver medals in the past 10 years.

Both sides had power-play opportunities that they couldn’t convert in the third period. Russia pressed for a goal, but couldn’t solve Price, while Canada withstood being two men down late in the period.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. edged Sweden 2-1 in the bronze-medal game.

Russia’s Gennady Churilov scored with 36 seconds left in the second period to cut Canada’s lead to 4-2.

It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Russians, who entered the final with the best efficiency rating with the man advantage in the tournament.

Pavel Valentenko made it 4-1 midway through the frame.

Marchand put Canada ahead 4-0 when he redirected a Toews pass past Russian goaltender Semen Varlamov.

Little and Toews recorded power-play goals 33 seconds apart late in the first period after Cogliano notched his first goal of the tournament at 15:35.

Varlamov and Price came up big early on.

A Washington Capitals draft pick, Varlamov was the busier of the two. He made four saves during a Canadian 5-on-4 advantage and later denied Steve Downie.

Russia, which doubled the Swedes 4-2 in the semifinals, began Friday’s contest having allowed just one even-strength goal in five games.

The 2008 World Juniors will be held in Liberec and Pardubice, Czech Republic.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
07:00 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Churilov, slashing
15:35 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Cogliano (O’Marra, Pyatt)
16:47 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Anisimov, holding
17:29 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Little (Letang)
17:47 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Valentenko, high sticking
18:02 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Toews (Downie, Franson)
19:02 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Helm, boarding

2nd Period
22:42 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Anikeyenko, charging
22:42 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Downie, roughing
23:43 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Staal, high sticking
26:00 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Marchand (Toews)
31:21 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Alzner, holding
31:27 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Valentenko
32:11 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Toews, hooking
32:11 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kucheryavenko, diving
35:09 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Toews, hooking
35:09 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Glovatsky, roughing
35:09 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Letang, roughing
39:03 – 🇨🇦 PEN – O’Marra, high sticking
39:24 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Churilov (Loginov)

3rd Period
42:33 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Ryasensky, interference
42:50 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Bumagin, hooking
47:34 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Helm, holding
51:23 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Little, checking to the head minor + 10 min. misconduct
58:12 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Staal, tripping

GOALTENDERS
W: 🇨🇦 Price (25-27)
L: 🇷🇺 Varlamov (25-29)

SHOTS ON GOAL
🇨🇦 15+11+3 = 29
🇷🇺 7+10+10 = 27

ROSTERS
🇨🇦 Goaltenders: Leland Irving, Carey Price. Defence: Karl Alzner, Luc Bourdon, Cody Franson, Kris Letang, Ryan Parent, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Daniel Bertram, Marc-André Cliche, Andrew Cogliano, Steve Downie, Sam Gagner, Darren Helm, Bryan Little, Brad Marchand, Kenndal McArdle, James Neal, Ryan O’Marra, Tom Pyatt, Jonathan Toews.
🇷🇺 Goaltenders: Nikita Bespalov, Semyon Varlamov. Defence: Yuri Alexandrov, Vitali Anikeyenko, Vyacheslav Buravchikov, Alexander Loginov, Yevgeni Ryasenski, Pavel Valentenko, Vyacheslav Voinov, Andrei Zubarev. Forwards: Artyom Anisimov, Alexander Bumagin, Alexei Cherepanov, Gennadi Churilov, Anton Glovatsky, Andrei Kiryukhin, Anton Krysanov, Alexander Kucheryavenko, Igor Makarov, Igor Musatov, Alexander Vasyunov, Ilya Zubov.

🇨🇦 CANADA (C) vs. RUSSIA 🇷🇺
current champion
(since
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title 22 Dec 2005
59 All-Time Wins
103
10 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie, 1 void)
10 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 URS 4-3 CAN 🇨🇦 – 05 Jan 1975 – WJT – Winnipeg 🇨🇦
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇨🇦 CAN 5-0 RUS 🇷🇺 – 05 Jan 2006 – WJC – Vancouver 🇨🇦 🏅
Last IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 2-1 USA 🇺🇸 (SO) – 03 Jan 2007 – WJC – Leksand 🇸🇪
Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 4-2 RUS 🇷🇺 – 27 Aug 2007 – SS – Ufa 🇷🇺

Article Credit: CBC

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