Canada Misses Malmo Podium

PHOTO COURTESY: hockeycanada.ca

For the first time since the Program of Excellence was introduced by Hockey Canada in 1982, Canada will not win a medal in consecutive years at World Junior Hockey Championship.

The Canadians dropped a 2-1 decision to Russia in this morning’s bronze medal game in Malmo, Sweden.

The Russians scored a power-play goal in the opening period to take a lead that they would never relinquish.

They would add to that lead with four minutes left in the opening frame on a soft goal shot from the top of the face-off circle.

Canada did have their chances however, when the moment of opportunity was upon the Canadians invariably a shot would go wide or ricochet off of a determined Russian defender.

Canada’s lone goal in the game came in the third period when Prince Albert Raider defender Josh Morrissey would tally on a lovely feed from Bo Horvat.

That was as close as Canada would get unable to break through the Russian defence.

The 2015 tournament will be held jointly between Toronto and Montreal.

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