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Russia still rules world roost
06.01.2003. Wharnsby, Tim. The Globe and Mail

 Canadian juniors let gold medal out of their grasp with poor play in third period

When the Russians decided to turn on their talent tap in the gold-medal final, not even the most skilled plumbers nor the world's top teenage goaltender could shut it off.

The Canadian juniors put forth a strong effort last night, but their less than perfect performance was one goal short against the powerful Russian squad, which won the world junior hockey championship 3-2.

Up by a goal with the third period to play, the Canadians found themselves back on their heels in their own zone early and often because of some poor clearing attempts. The Russians made their opponents pay with the two goals they needed to claim their second consecutive world championship.

"It was there for us," said Canadian forward Joffrey Lupul, whose team mustered only four shots on goal in the third period. "But they caught us. We made a couple of turnovers and they capitalized.

"They have so much talent. You have to give them credit."

Canadian defenceman Steve Eminger, who has played this season with the Washington Capitals, said it best in the build-up to the Canada-Russia meeting. He recalled that two years ago when he was playing for Canada at the world under-17 tournament in Sudbury, the Russians were so dominant on certain shifts that "it appeared they had an extra guy on the ice."

Well, this was basically the same Russian team two years later. With Halifax and the rest of Canada ready to celebrate Canada's first world junior championship since 1997, the Russians spoiled the party.

TSN was expecting record television ratings last night with the dream prime-time match-up, and the two teams put on a good show.

But despite the one-goal difference and the 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, the match was not as close as the score indicated as Russia defeated Canada in the final for the second consecutive year and third in five. Each game was decided by a goal.

Only some outstanding goaltending from young hot shot Marc-André Fleury and some Russian misfirings from in close kept the game close. The Russians, who found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament when Canadian captain Scottie Upshall scored a power-play goal on a rebound late in the second period, outshot Canada 31-24.

Fleury, the top-rated goaltender for the 2003 National Hockey League draft, was named the tournament's most valuable player and top goaltender.

"I came here to win the gold," he said.

"I would trade [the awards] in for a gold.

"They were all skilled players and it was pretty tough. It was a pretty tough test for us."

Russia tested Fleury early and was finally able to put one by him midway through the first period when Andrei Taratukhin scored on his own rebound.

But that lead lasted only 44 seconds, as Canadian forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau deflected Ian White's blast past Russia's roly-poly 230-pound goaltender, Andrei Medvedev, a Calgary Flames draft pick.

The second period was even until Upshall's go-ahead goal. But in the final 20 minutes, Russia decided to turn it on. Igor Grigorenko tied the score at 4:22 of the third period on a bang-bang play. Then Yuri Trubachev pounced on a loose puck in the slot and whipped a shot past Fleury for the game-winning goal with 8 minutes 51 seconds remaining.

"We wanted to continue to play our same game," Lupul said. "Against a team like Russia, you can't lay back and hope you get lucky."

Fleury said he and his teammates were excited entering the third period, but knew the task would be difficult.

"We wanted to come out and finish strong," he said. "You never know what's going to happen until the final buzzer goes."

This was Russia's record 12th world gold medal, two more than Canada has.

"Russia deserved to win with the way they played," Parenteau said. "We played pretty good, too, but they were the better club."

Grigorenko was selected as the tournament's top forward and Joni Pitkanen as the best defenceman. Those two and Fleury were joined on the tournament all-star team by Canadian defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo, Trubachev and Upshall.

Canadian hockey had been on quite a roll in the past 10 months, beginning with the double gold win by the men's and women's teams at the Salt Lake Olympics.

Those victories were followed by the under-18 team winning the Eight Nations Cup last summer, the women's team capturing the Four Nations in Kitchener, Ont., and the rag-tag national team winning the Deutschland Cup and Spengler Cup.

The only hiccup was the fifth-place finish by the senior men's team at the world championship last May.

Первая страничка молодежных чемпионатов мира 2003 года
Подгруппа А - подробнее
Россия, Швейцари, США, Словакия, Белоруссия
Подгруппа В - подробнее
Канада, Финляндия, Чехия, Швеция, Германия
За 7-10 места - подробнее
Швейцария, Швеция, Германия, Белоруссия
1/4 финала - подробнее
США - Чехия
Финляндия - Словакия
1/2 финала - подробнее
Россия - Финляндия
Канада - США
Финал - подробнее
За 5 место. Словакия - Чехия
За 3 место. США - Финляндия
За 1 место. Канада - Россия
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