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WJC REPORT: Russia tops Canada 6-5 for Bronze

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
Five Oilers prospects are taking part in the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia. We are providing daily reports and links to interviews and highlights through to the end of the tournament.


Valeri Nichuskin scored 1:35 into overtime to give Russia the Bronze Medal in a 6-5 win over Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

The two players of the game were both Oilers prospects. Nail Yakupov, who had two goals for Russia, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who had a goal and three assists for Canada.

Starting goaltenders were Andrei Makarov for Russia and Jordan Binnington for Canada.

Just over three minutes into the game, Russia struck for the game's first goal. Alexander Khokhlachyov's shot from the left circle was stopped by Binnington but it had enough momentum that it still managed to find its way into the back of the net, under the Canadian netminder's right pad.

Boone Jenner took a penalty for roughing, putting the Russians on their first power play of the day.

Moments into the man advantage, Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov struck to score and make it a 2-0 game. Yakupov snuck in backdoor and took a pass from Albert Yarullin before putting the puck into the open cage and giving the Russians a two-goal lead.

Russia's Yevgeni Mozer took the first penalty of the game for the host squad and it didn't take long for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to make them pay. Nugent-Hopkins corralled the puck in the slot before wristing it past Makarov to cut the Russian lead in half.

But the Russians kept coming. Off the face-off, Kirill Dyakov took the puck in the high slot and fired it behind Binnington to increase their lead to 3-1.

That goal marked the end of Binnington as he was replaced by Subban after allowing three goals on five shots.

Khoklhachyov took a penalty with less than nine minutes to play to give Canada another chance to score on the power play and draw within one.

Canada couldn't score on that one, but several minutes later Daniil Zharkov was sent off to give the Canadians their third man advantage of the period.

This time, Canada connected. Ryan Murphy's blast from the point went off the post and the puck went straight to Jonathan Huberdeau at the right side of the net. He made no mistake, putting it into the open cage and drawing Canada back within a goal.

Shot count after one was 10 to 9 in favour of Canada.

The goal parade continued in the second period. First, Canada went on the power play again and once again capitalized. Nugent-Hopkins made a great pass from near the right point straight onto the stick of Scheifele who directed it in to tie the game at 3-3.

Just over a minute later, Shalunov took a shot that was blocked partially by Tyler Wotherspoon but the puck squirted to Mozer and he made no mistake, firing it glove side past Subban to put the Russians back in front.

Canada's power play continued to dominate. Nugent-Hopkins spotted Ryan Murphy at the point and his blast found its way to the net and by Makarov to tie the game once again, this time at 4-4.

Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists for four points through two periods as Canada was outshooting Russia 29 to 18.

Russia had a power play early in the third period and made sure it counted. Kapustin found Yakupov perched to the left side of the net and he made no mistake, upon receiving the pass as he put the puck high past Subban to make it 5-4 Russia.

Just past the midway point of the third, Canada tied the game at 5-5. Defenceman Scott Harrington pinched in and attacked the net. Brett Ritchie then picked up the puck during a wild goalmouth scramble and put it into the net. 

Highlights: Canada vs. Russia 

-- Marc Ciampa,

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