Russian shocker; Canadian silver bittersweet as team's 3-0 lead slips away.
06.01.2011. Ottawa Cititzen

For the second straight year, Canada can only lay claim to being the second-best junior hockey team in the world.

Artemi Panarin capped a remarkable comeback when he scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 left to play as Russia rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat Canada 5-3 on Wednesday in the 2011 IIHF world junior hockey championship's gold-medal game.

It was an epic collapse for Canada, which looked to be in control of the game until it allowed five unanswered goals in the third period, disappointing the throngs of Canadian fans at HSBCArena.

Parar in started the Russian rally when he beat Canadian goalie Mark Visentin 2:33 into the third period and Maxim Kitsyn made it a one-goal game 13 seconds later. Vladimir Tarasenko knotted the score a 3-3 five minutes later.

Nikita Dvurechenski added an insurance goal with 1:16 left to play.

Ryan Ellis, Carter Asgton and Brayden Schenn scored for Canada, which lost the gold-medal game for the second straight year. Last year, the United States beat Canada 6-5 in overtime in Saskatoon, ending a string of five straight championships for the Canadians.

A silver medal, though, is somewhat bittersweet, given the goal in Buffalo was certainly gold.

"We've obviously had some great success at the world juniors, success with our women's program and success at the recent Olympics. Canadians demand gold from us," said Brad Pascall, the vice-president of hockey operations for Canada's national teams.

"For us, we base all our success on gold and that's how we operate our program and that's how we go about our day-to-day business."

Pascall said, "Hey, a silver is a silver medal, we realize that. But to accomplish the ultimate goal is the gold medal for our team."

The victory is Russia's 13th at the tournament -- including its time as the Soviet Union -- and first since knocking off Canada in the 2003 championship.

Since the tournament's inception in 1977, Canada has won 15 titles.

"Our success is not only based on a gold medal, but it's based on, hopefully, some more young boys

Vice-president of hockey operations for Canada's national teams

and girls will register to play the game, whether that's in the next week or next year and continue to be involved in the game," said Pascall.

Canada finished the preliminary round with three wins and a shoot-out loss, with its only blemish a 6-5 setback to Sweden on New Year's Eve. However, the Canadians rolled through the playoff rounds with a 4-1 win over Switzerland and 4-1 victory of the United States, exacting some revenge from last year's final.

They couldn't, however, find a way to beat the Russians.

"There are four or five teams that challenged for a gold medal for sure of the 10. Like anything, any team could knock anybody off at any given time," said Pascall.

The 2012 world junior championship will be held in Edmonton and Calgary, beginning on Dec. 26.

Credit: Ottawa Citizen

Финал. Канада - Россия.
За 3 место. Швеция - США.
Подгруппа А
США, Финляндия, Словакия, Швейцария, Германия
Подгруппа В
Канада, Россия, Швеция, Чехия, Норвегия
За 7-10 места
Чехия, Словакия, Норвегия, Германия.
1/4 финала
Канада - Швейцария
Финляндия - Россия

1/2 финала
Швеция - Россия
США - Канада
За 5-6 места. Финляндия - Швейцария
За 3-4 места. Швеция - США.
За 1-2 места. Канада - Россия

Первая страничка турнира
Молодежные чемпионаты мира (до 20 лет) 2011 года.
Первая страничка
Дивизион I. Группа А
Дивизион I. Группа B
Дивизион II. Группа А
Дивизион II. Группа B
Дивизион III