UFA, Russia – Canada’s National Junior Team has finished in fourth place at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship after a 6-5 overtime loss to Russia in Saturday’s bronze medal game in Ufa.
Canadian captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Oklahoma City, AHL) capped off an impressive World Juniors with a goal and three assists to give him 15 points for the tournament, tied for the fourth best single-year performance in Team Canada history.
Ryan Murphy (Aurora, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) and Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) finished with a goal and a helper each for the Canadians, who outshot Russia 45-25 and did most of the damage on the power play, going four-for-five with the man advantage. Brett Ritchie (Orangeville, Ont./Niagara, OHL) scored the other goal for Canada.
Entering this year, Canada had medalled at a record 14 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 20, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 20 and bronze medals in 2000, 20.
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