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So, last night I once again returned to the Rose Centre for a night of action packed international shinny. A game that would determine the World Junior Champions … a game between the hockey powerhouses … a game of red vs red … it was time for Russia and Canada to take the ice.
In a typical move of the media down here … since the US were not playing in the gold metal game … there would be no game – heck … they did not even show the bronze metal game (which the US lost to the Czechs). So instead we loaded The Fan 960 … a sports radio station I ran across in Calgary … and put the game on the speakers.
A goal within the first minute followed by killing a 2-man penalty set the pace early for Canada. Jumping out to a 3-1 lead at 3:33 of the second prompted Russia to switch their goalie … best intentions of sparking a comeback it instead seemed to kill the Russian intensity. By the third it was 6-1 Canada who just killed the remaining 20 minutes with limited odd-man rushes and pressure. Concerned more of protecting the lead than building on the lead. And that was how it ended … Gold for Canada … and continued domination of the hockey scene out scoring the opposition 41 – 7.