The Russian youth team have lost their final round robin game to Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in the central Russian city of Ufa. The result leaves them second in their group thinking of the quarter final against Switzerland.
The game was decided late in the first period, when Canada got the most out of a 5 minute power-play, as the Russians conceded twice following Valery Nichushkin’s rough foul.
Mikhail Varnakov’s charges responded with a goal of their own soon after, but two goals in each of the remaining periods put the result beyond doubt – 4-1.
Russia will face Switzerland next in the quarter-finals on January 2, while Canada will play either Team USA or the Czech Republic.
Reigning champions Sweden have won the other round robin group to guarantee their place in the semi-final.