Canada Capture Bronze at World Juniors
Posted on 11:54am Saturday 7th Jan 2012
The Canadian World Junior Ice Hockey team were able to win the bronze medal as a consolation prize in the world junior championships.
They were defeated by Russia 6-5 on Tuesday the 3rd January in the Semi Final, meaning they were not going to be in the gold medal game, despite Team Canada participating in every one for the past 10 years, winning 5 gold medals in that span. Canada were favourites entering the game, although they were down 6-1 going into the third period, with 2 of the goals going of Canadian defenceman Ryan Murray.
Canada were able to hold their heads high after the bronze medal game, as they defeated Finland 4-0, with Mark Visentin recording the shutout with 27 saves including a second period penalty shot.
Prince Edward Island native Brandon Gormley was named to the tournament all-star team at defence as well as being chosen top defenceman by the IIHF directorate. Having seen this young man play live when he was a junior, I can say he’s an amazing player who is consistent and is going to have a long NHL career ahead.
Sweden beat Russia 1-0 in overtime to win the gold medal, which is only their second ever, and their first since 1981. Ottawa Senators prospect Mika Zinbanejad scored the overtime winner.