FINAL: CAN 5 RUS 3
It was expected to be Canada’s toughest test and it was. Jesse Craige’s second goal of the game, 33 seconds into the third period, put Canada ahead and they hung on for a 5-3 win on Saturday to finish the round robin 3-0.
Both Canada and Russia had breezed through the their first two games of the competition setting up Saturday’s match-up that was sure to be a dandy, and it was.
Things didn’t look good for the Canadians early as Ivan Petrakov (Alex Lebedev, Rushan Ravikov) and Rushan Ravikov, (Artem Fedorov) both put pucks past Canadian netminder Kris Lazaruk and Russia led 2-0 after 20 minutes. The Russians also outshot Canada 12-8 in the opening frame.
Dave Adolph must have said something good in the break as Canada came out on fire in the second.
Just 27-seconds into the second, Kruise Reddick (Levko Koper, Jordan Rowley) put the red and white on the board and 1:09 after that Tyler Fiddler (Jordan Rowley, Cody Cartier) beat Russian netminder Gleb Evdokimov and the game was tied.
Midway through the period Russia would get one back. With Tyler Fiddler in the box for roughing, Egor Krivchenko (Artem Fedorov) would connect on a power play goal putting Russia back on top 3-2.
That lead would last for nearly six minutes. Jesse Craige (Jordan Rowley, Mitch Maxwell) would net his first of the game with just over three minutes left in the period as Canada and Russia head to the break tied 3-3. Canada outshot Russia 12-8 in the period.
The Russians took a pair of late period penalties and Canada had some time up two skaters to start the third. Only 33 seconds into the third, just as the first Russian penalty had expired, Craige (unassisted) put Canada up with a power play marker. Five minutes later Tyler Fiddler (Rowley, Craige) would add the insurance marker with his second of the game and Canada would hang on for a 5-3 win.
Russia (1-2) outshot Canada (3-0) 13-5 in the third period and 33-25 overall. Jesse Craige and Tyler Fiddler led the way, each with a pair of goals, Craige also adding an assist. Jordan Rowley led all players with four assists.
Kris Lazaruk stopped 30/33 shots in goal for Canada.