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The Russian select lost to Canada during the final match of the world youth-league hockey championship
The Russian select lost to Canada (1:6, 1:2, 0:4 and 0:0) during the final match of the world youth-league hockey championship. Defender Alexei Yemelyanov scored the only goal when the Russian team outnumbered their Canadian rivals. The Canadians, who had not won gold during youth-league championships since 1997, lost thrice to Russia in 1999, 2002 and 2003, respectively. However, the Canadians managed to outplay their rivals this time, displaying a well-balanced and professional style. The Russians tried to fight the visiting team in real earnest only during the first period; the Canadians often resorted to foul play, leaving the field time and again. Russian hockey players failed to withstand the powerful Canadian onslaught during the second 20-minute period, with their rivals scoring four goals. Alas, the Russians did not score even once. Andrei Kuznetsov replaced main goalie Anton Khudobin, who was not up to the mark; however, even this did not help. In addition, captain Alexander Ovechkin of the Russian team hurt his knee in the second period, failing to complete the match. Moreover, defender Dmitry Vorobiev was told to leave the field for injuring a Canadian with his raised hockey stick. The well-disciplined Canadians did their best to hold the score in the third period, successfully accomplishing their objective. Goalkeeper Marek Schwartz (Czech Republic), defender Dion Faneuf of Canada and Russia's forward Alexander Ovechkin were named the best players of this championship. The championship's directorate also named Patrice Bergeron of Canada as the most valuable hockey player, who scored 13 points (five plus eight) in six games. Journalists named the five best players, i.e. Schwartz, Canadian defender Faneuf and his US counterpart Ryan Sooter, as well as forwards Ovechkin, Bergeron and Jeff Carter (Canada). The Czech team defeated the US team 3:2, thereby placing third on the eve of the final game. The Czechs scored their third, and last goal, on the third minute overtime. Canada is to host the next junior-league world championship next year
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