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Day 9 of the WJHC: Romanov earns All-Star nod

Alexander Romanov didn't win a gold medal, but he was named a tournament All-Star for a second straight year

by François Lafleur. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski. @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship wrapped up on Sunday.

Canada 4 - Russia 3

Canada claimed the title for the first time since 2018.

Trailing by a pair of goals in the middle of the third period, the Canadians scored three straight times to come out on top.

Prior to that, Russian defenseman Alexander Romanov collected an assist on his squad's second goal.

That helper made him the leading point-getter among Russian blueliners in tournament history, surpassing Dmitry Orlov. 

Romanov now has 14 assists on his resume, while Orlov had 13.

As was the case since the start of the tournament, Romanov logged over 20 minutes of ice time (21:42) again and registered four shots on goal.

While he wasn't named the event's top defenseman for a second consecutive year, he was still named to the All-Star team.

Romanov finished the tournament with one goal and six points, along with a plus-6 differential. He averaged 20:48 of ice time per game.

Sweden 3 - Finland 2

A few hours earlier, Sweden and Finland battled for the bronze medal.

When the Swedes were down in the second period, Mattias Norlinder was on the ice for the equalizer.

The third-round selection of the Canadiens in 2019 didn't collect a point on the play, though.

Norlinder and his teammates ultimately found a way to take the lead for good and left the Czech Republic with bronze.

What's on tap for next year?

The 45th edition of the tournament will be played in Canada from December 26, 2020 to January 5, 2021. The games will be held in Edmtonon and Red Deer, AB.

Group A will be comprised of Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany, while Group B will feature Russia, Sweden, the United States, the Czech Republic and Austria.

Austria will be participating for the first time since 2010.

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