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Canada Wins Gold

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

MEDAL GAMES

CANADA (2) VS. FINLAND (0)

The mighty Finns finally fell at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, though they won't be going home empty handed.

Finland will take a silver medal away from the tournament after going undefeated right up until the final game at the Ice Palace in Moscow.

In a rematch of Tuesday's preliminary-round contest that saw Finland top Canada 4-0, it was the Canadians who came out the victors on Sunday, beating the Finns 2-0 for the gold medal.

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene played a huge role for his country in its second consecutive World Championship win. He assisted on Connor McDavid's tally 11:24 into the opening frame, helping out on what would stand as the eventual game-winner.

Duchene also put a bow on the triumph with an empty-net marker with merely one second remaining on the game clock. Canada's assistant captain finished the match with both points, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating through 16:09 of ice time. He also ended the tournament ranked eighth in scoring with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 10 games.

Netminder Calvin Pickard again served as the backup to Cam Talbot. Pickard finished the competition with a 2-0 record through two starts, a .971 save percentage and a 0.50 goals-against average. He allowed just one goal during his 120 minutes between the pipes and recorded one shutout.

Finnish forward and Avs prospect Mikko Rantanen ended the game with one shot and 6:03 of playing time. His tournament closes with one assist, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating through five games played.

Finland was one win away from becoming the first nation to win the IIHF's Under-18, World Junior Under-20 and World Championship in the same calendar year.

The win brought Canada its 26th World Championship gold medal. The nation is just one championship title away from tying the Russians (27) for the most in the tournament's history.


RUSSIA (7) VS. UNITED STATES (2)

After falling in a close 4-3 game to Canada in the semifinal round of the World Championship, the Americans were looking to earn a bronze medal against host-nation Russia on Sunday at the Ice Palace in Moscow.

That wasn't in the cards for the underdog, which suffered a 7-2 defeat to the Russians to close out the competition.

An evened Russian attack and a slow start for the U.S. proved the difference in the contest, as Russia tallied twice in the first period, thrice in the middle stanza and twice again in the final frame to take the win and the national team's eighth bronze medal.

Frank Vatrano recorded a power-play marker for the Americans in the second period, and he found the back of the net again in the third to keep up the good fight, but that wasn't enough to mount a comeback.

Avalanche prospect and American center JT Compher finished the game 6-for-9 in the faceoff circle and with a minus-1 rating after 9:51 of ice time. Compher registered three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 games at the tournament.

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