3 things you need to know from Russia's bronze medal victory

Jan 5, 11:43 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov scored first-period goals as Russia hung on to defeat Canada in the bronze medal game for the second straight year at the IIHF world junior hockey championship.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves for the victory to finish the tournament as one of the top goaltenders. Four of the nine goals allowed by Vasilevski over the course of the tournament were scored on the power play - the lowest total of any starter.
  • Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov assisted on Gimatov's goal after being one of the main participants in the team's semifinal melee with Sweden. Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson was suspended from the gold medal game for leaving the penalty box to come to the defense of Oskar Sundqvist, who was being attacked by Mironov. No Russian players faced discipline for the fracas.
  • Josh Morrissey scored 7:10 into the third period when a point shot deflected off his skate but Canada could not beat Vasilevski again for the equalizer in the frantic final minutes of the contest. This marks the first time in over 30 years Team Canada has gone without a medal in consecutive world junior tournaments.