LANGLEY, B.C. - Arseni Khatsei scored the tying goal midway through the second period and recorded the lone shootout goal as Russia closed Group B preliminary play at the World Junior A Challenge with a 3-2 win over Canada East on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the loss, Canada East claimed first place in the group and with it a bye directly into Friday?s semifinals.
The Russians finished third in Group B and will take part in a Thursday quarter-final against a to-be-determined opponent.
Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski was impressive with a 47-save performance through regulation and overtime.
Vyacheslav Osnovin scored the other goal for the Russians.
The Canadians held a 49-30 advantage in shots on goal through 65 minutes of hockey ? including 18-3 in the third period.
Ben Hutton and Daniel Leavens scored power-play goals for Canada East, which will meet the winner of the Thursday quarter-final between the Russians and defending champions the United States.
The Americans defeated Canada West 6-1 in the late game Wednesday on the stregth of two goals and an assist by Mario Lucia.
Sean Kuraly opened the scoring for the U.S. with a power-play goal at 16:28 and two minutes later Lucia scored his first with another man advantage goal.
The U.S. scored two short-handed goals in the second period, as Vince Hinostroza connected a minute into the period and Alex Broadhurst made it 4-0 with Brett Patterson off for roughing.
Canada West's Aaron Hadley pulled one back with a short-handed goal of his own at 8:20 of the third.
Sam Herr and Lucio competed the rout with goals in the third period and Ryan McKay finished with 29 saves for the U.S.
Tyler Briggs stopped 28 of 34 shots for Canada West, which will play the Czech Republic in Thursday's other quarter-final.