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Day 8 of the WJHC: Romanov's going for gold

Meanwhile, Mattias Norlinder will vie for a bronze medal

by François Lafleur, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Prospect Alexander Romanov will get the chance to compete for a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Sweden 4 - Russia 5

Russia defeated Sweden 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.

The game was chock-full of comebacks from both sides. In fact, Sweden was trailing 3-1 at one point in the first period, while Russia was down by a goal with around 10 minutes to go in regulation.

"It was a tough game. It was a semifinal. We all want to be in the final, but not everyone can be," Romanov said following the game. "We weren't scared and we weren't afraid. The thought of losing didn't even cross our minds."

Russia's alternate captain registered four shots on goal. He was heavily used once again, logging 20:16 of ice time, including just shy of half of the overtime.

"We supported each other. We played like a family and we made it," concluded Romanov.

For his part, Mattias Norlinder was held off the scoresheet in 11:25 of action.

What's on tap for Sunday?

In the morning, the bronze medal game will feature Norlinder and Sweden against Finland.

That game will be followed by the gold-medal showdown between Russia and Canada. Romanov will try to follow in fellow Habs prospect Jesse Ylonen's footsteps after the latter won gold last year.

Game schedule

Sweden - Finland - 9:00 a.m. ET (TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS 2)
Russia - Canada - 1:00 p.m. ET (TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS)

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