Russia 3 - Canada 6
CANADA WINS WORLD JUNIOR OPENER
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn scored power play goals early in the third period asCanada opened the world junior hockey championship with a scrambly 6-3 victory over Russia on Sunday.
Canada went 3-for-5 with the man advantage, with Marcus Foligno getting one in the first period. CurtisHamilton got a goal with 27 seconds left to play and defencemen Ryan Ellis and Erik Gudbranson also scoredfor Canada.
Maxim Kitsyn, Nikita Dvurechenski and Danil Sobchenko scored for Russia. Russian star Vladimir Tarasenkomade some dazzling plays, but the St. Louis Blues prospect was held to one assist.
"We're getting better each game," said Ellis. "When we need it most, guys step up."
Johansen was at the net to bang in a rebound 3:36 into the final period to break a 3-3 tie and Schennscored on a feed from Zack Kassian at 6:16.
The packed HSBC Arena was a blanket of red of white as Canadian fans flocked across the border fromsouthern Ontario to give their team a home rink atmosphere. They even took a cue from Montreal fans bysinging "Ole, Ole" as the game wound down.
"The tournament is huge back home and being in a border city a lot of our fans can come," said Canadianhead coach Dave Cameron. "A big part of coaching is generating emotion and it certainly helps when you havethat in the building and they're all on your side."
Drawn in a tough group, their opener was a far cry from a year ago in Saskatoon, when they blitzedLatvia16-0 en route to a 4-0 preliminary-round record in which they outscored their opponents 32-6.
Canada plays the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Norway on Wednesday and ends the preliminary round Fridayagainst Sweden.
Neither team looked polished in a game in which players struggled to control a bouncing puck, leading toerrant passes and icings.
Canada laid on the body early and it cost them. Two players went for the same Russian and left space openfor Yuri Urychev to move in from the left point and see his shot deflected by Kitsyn past Olivier Roy3:57into the game.
A big penalty kill led by Casey Cizikas midway through the period looked to wake Canada up and, at 17:55,Foligno was at the side of the net to lift Louis Leblanc's rebound in on a power play to tie it.
Ellis scored when his point shot went just wide, came off the end boards, bounced off goalie IgorBobkov'sskate and in 10:35 into the second, but Dvurechenski got it back at 11:51 when his shot on a rushslippedbetween Roy's pads.
"The boards are hard," said Ellis, "I was hoping to bank it so it would go to one of our guys, but I gotalucky bounce and it went in."
Gudbranson scored on a point blast at 15:15, but with Kassian off for slashing, Russia tied it again onapower play at 16:52 when Sobchenko was in front to bang in Urychev's point shot.
In the 10-team tournament's opening game, Switzerland took the early lead and held on for a 4-3 victoryover Germany.
The last time Canada failed to win its opening game of the world junior was a 0-0 tie with Slovakia in1999in Brandon, Man., and the last time they lost was a 3-2 decision to Finland in Helsinki in 1998.
Reports say Canadians purchased 63 per cent of the 310,000 tickets sold so far for the tournament.
|Arena||HSBC Arena||City, Country||Buffalo, NY|
|Month / Day / Year||12/26/2010||Time||04:00 PM ET|
03:57 RUS 13 Maxim Kitsyn (12 Yuri Urychev, 9 Dmitri Orlov)
17:55 CAN 17 Marcus Foligno (20 Louis Leblanc, 24 Calvin de Haan) PP
10:35 CAN 6 Ryan Ellis
11:51 RUS 17 Nikita Dvurechensky (15 Artyom Voronin, 9 Dmitri Orlov)
15:15 CAN 5 Erik Gudbranson (12 Quinton Howden, 7 Sean Couturier)
16:52 RUS 14 Daniil Sobchenko (10 Vladimir Tarasenko, 12 Yuri Urychev) PP
03:46 CAN 19 Ryan Johansen (8 Jaden Schwartz) PP
06:14 CAN 10 Brayden Schenn PP
19:34 CAN 16 Curtis Hamilton (10 Brayden Schenn)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Canada||6 Ryan Ellis|
|Russia||10 Vladimir Tarasenko|
|Referee||Jari Levonen, Patrik Sjoberg|
|Lines People||Andrii Kicha, Felix Winnekens|
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