|Canada – 3||FINAL||Russia – 5|
|WJHC 2011 Gold Medal Final|
|Canada were silver medal winners in 2010|
|Russia finished 6th in 2010|
|Date: Jan 05 @ 5:30 PM MST|
Here we go, the gold medal game between Canada and Russia… two huge rivals. These are the teams that have been the best for decades. The Russians have stumbled as of late, but they look to be back. They had a tough win over Sweden in a shootout to get here, highlighted by some great goaltending by Dmitri Shikin. The Canadians dominated the Americans in their semi-final, and won 4-1 to get here today.
The Canadians have already beaten the Russians in this year’s tournament. In the opening game for Canada, the Canadians won by a score of 6-3. I am hoping for a similar result, or a result at least in Canada’s favor.
The USA also will play Sweden, earlier this afternoon (1:30PM MST). Gotta root for the Swedes, as hard as it is to do after they chirped at Canada (calling the USA a harder team to play against than us, and saying that the refs call in our favor often).
LIVE GAME CHAT
Monumental collapse. Absolutely incredible 3rd period for the Russians . Out-hustled, outworked, out-everythinged by the Russians in the 3rd period. I have a tough time saying that Canada played poorly, but they did at times. Pretty sloppy. Pretty lazy start to the period, which allowed the Russians back into it, and from there, the Russians just stomped on the gas and took over the game. Bobkov shut the door down after Shikin was pulled at 3-0. Credit to him as well, and he earned the player of the game for Russia. Great tournament, too bad it ended this way, but you gotta play 3 full periods, folks.
Five straight goals. In one single period, after it appeared the Canadians had this one wrapped up. Unbelievable.
That all said, I love what these kids did.. or tried to do. I think they just ran into a very hungry Russian team that must of had some sort of epic Lombardian-intermission speech to get them going like that in the 3rd.
Russia wins gold.