Hockey Canada Network |
News
Extra Time, Extra Pressure
Greg Alexis
|
WJC.069.06
|
January 5, 2006
|
|

Both Russia and Canada have won five straight games at this year’s World Juniors so far and there’s a good chance that the gold medal game could go right down to the wire. With Russia’s high-powered offense and Canada’s stingy defense and solid goaltending, it could even spill over into overtime or a shootout.

In the gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championship, a 20-minute, 5-on-5 overtime period is played if the score is tied at the end of regulation time. Teams select five shooters for the shootout if overtime settles nothing. If the score is still tied after the teams have had five attempts each, the teams continue to shoot in pairings until the shooter of one team misses and the shooter of the other team scores.

Let’s take a quick look back at the three previous World Junior gold medal games decided in extra time.

1998 IIHF World Junior Championship

Helsinki, Finland

Finland 2 - Russia 1 (OT)

A sell-out crowd of 13,655 filled the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki to watch the host Finns triumph over Russia. Forward Niklas Hagman had the winner and Mika Noronen provided the goaltending to give the Finns their first title since 1987. Overall, Finland finished the tournament with six wins and one tie, starting with a 3-2 victory over Canada on opening day.

1999 IIHF World Junior Championship

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Russia 3 - Canada 2 (OT)

Artem Chubarov’s goal at 5:13 of overtime gave the Russians a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of a disappointed, sold-out crowd at the Winnipeg Arena. Chubarov’s shot beat the nearly unbeatable all-star goalie Roberto Luongo. It was the first title for Russia since competing as the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1992. Vitali Vishnevski was named the top defenceman while Maxim Afinogenov was selected as the tournament's top forward.

2000 IIHF World Junior Championship

Skelleftea, Sweden

Czech Republic 1 – Russia 0 (OT + shootout)

Russia hoped to defend its gold medal from the previous year, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, the Czech Republic claimed its first gold medal in tournament history, defeating the Russians 1-0 in a shootout. Although the shootout was exciting for the fans, the game itself turned out to be a bore with both teams trying not to lose rather than to win. In the shootout, Milan Kraft and Libor Pivko scored for the Czechs, and goalie Zdenek Smid was the hero, stopping four of five shots. After he stymied the final Russian shooter, the Czech goalie threw his gloves and helmet into the air as his team mobbed him.

Getting back to this year’s game, if things aren’t decided in regulation or overtime, who might Canadian Head Coach Brent Sutter and Russian Head Coach Sergey Mikhalev choose for their five shootout shooters?

Here are the predictions of the HockeyCanada.ca writing team:

Russia

Sergei Shirokov

Alexander Radulov

Evgeni Malkin

Nikolai Kulemin

Nikolai Lemtyugov

Dark Horse: Roman Voloshenko

Canada

Dustin Boyd

Andrew Cogliano

Benoit Pouliot

Steve Downie

David Bolland

Dark Horse: Jonathan Toews


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

facebook.com/hockeycanada

twitter.com/hockeycanada

youtube.com/hockeycanadavideos

Videos
Photos
2014 Esso Cup: MON 5 - EDM 4
Apr 22, 2014
Faith Steeves netteda hat trip to leadthe Rockets to itsfirst win.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 1 - CHA 1
Apr 22, 2014
Goaltending stole the show as the Mintos and Grenadiers tied.
2014 WU18C: CAN 2 - RUS 3 (SO)
Apr 22, 2014
A shootout loss was still enough for Canada to clinch first in Group A.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - FRA 2
Apr 22, 2014
Caitlin Dempsey’st wo goals paced Weyburn past Fraser Valley.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 TELUS Cup: MJ 3 - OKA 3
Apr 22, 2014
Another tie for both the Generals and Rockets, this time a 3-3 game.
2014 ESSO CUP STC 2 – SUD 1
Apr 22, 2014
A shorthanded goal from Alexa Vasko late in the second was the difference.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 – FRA 0
Apr 21, 2014
Sabres score twice on the power play to defeat Phantom Monday night.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 5 - MON 1
Apr 21, 2014
Karli Shell scored twice and added an assist in Sudbury’s 5-1 win.
2014 TELUS Cup: CHA 3 - OKA 4
Apr 21, 2014
Special teams was key as the Rockets and Grenadiers skated to a tie.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 4 - TOR 1
Apr 21, 2014
Four different players scored to give the Mintos the first win.
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 2 - MJ 2
Apr 21, 2014
The Generals scored twice in the third period to earn the draw.
Schedule
Close
Credit  
Close
Photo Credit: