Canada’s Cody Glass (8) reaches for the puck while being checked by Russia’s Alexander Alexeyev during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action in Vancouver on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada falls 2-1 to Russia in New Year’s Eve world juniors clash

Win gives Russia top spot in Group A

VANCOUVER — Pavel Shen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period of a tightly fought game, and Russia held on to beat Canada 2-1 on Monday in the round-robin finale for both teams at the world junior hockey championship.

The win gave Russia top spot in Group A, while Canada finished in second place. Sweden finished the round-robin phase first in Group B.

Florida Panthers prospect Grigori Denisenko put up Russia’s first goal.

Cody Glass scored for Canada and Owen Tippett registered the assist.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro stopped 29-of-31 for the Canadians (3-1-0-0).

Russia (4-0-0-0) got 30 saves from Pyotr Kochetkov.

Shen put Russia up 11:00 into the third, skating around Canada’s Markus Phillips and tucking the puck in behind DiPietro. The goal gave Canada its first deficit of the tournament.

Shen, a Boston Bruins prospect, has three goals and an assist in the tournament.

Canada took home gold at the world juniors last year while the Russians finished fifth. It was the first time since 2010 that Russia went home without a medal.

Canada was first on the score board 2:20 into the game.

Glass poked the puck away from a Russian defenceman and got off a shot that went over Kochetkov’s pad.

The Vegas Golden Knights prospect has two goals and four assists in the tournament.

Russia responded with a power-play goal after Canada’s Morgan Frost was called for checking from behind.

Vitali Kravtsov sliced a cross-ice pass to Grigori Denisenko in the face-off circle and the left-winger fired through a sliver of space between DiPietro and his goal post.

Tying the game seemed to ignite the Russians, who put heavy pressure on the Canadians, keeping the puck in the attacking zone.

RELATED: Frost has 2 points, Canada thumps Czech Republic 5-1

The first period’s physical play resulted in a flurry of penalties, including some that the crowd of 17,556 took issue with.

Russian captain Klim Kostin was called for cross-checking Maxime Comtois 13:10 into the frame, but Comtois was also handed a penalty for embellishment after he fell to the ice.

Chants of “ref you suck” echoed through the crowd as Canada’s captain skated to the box holding his arm.

They vocalized their displeasure once again when Comtois was clocked for roughing with a minute-and-a-half to go in the first period.

Canada got its first man advantage midway through the second frame after Kravtsov was called for hooking.

Canada’s power play saw some early chances, including one where the puck squeaked in behind Kochetkov before a defender swatted it out of harm’s way.

But both netminders remained perfect throughout the second period.

DiPietro went into Monday’s game having allowed a single goal at the juniors and boasting a .974 save percentage.

All 10 teams in the tournament will have New Year’s Day off before games resume on Wednesday.

Russia will face Slovakia in the quarterfinals. Canada will play the winner of Monday’s late game between Finland and the U.S.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Russia’s Pavel Shen, left, checks Canada’s Barrett Hayton during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action in Vancouver on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Just Posted

Quebec City beats Victoria for lowest unemployment rate in Canada

Victoria’s unemployment rate was 3.2 per cent in October

SD63 strike officially ends with union’s vote to accept agreement

More than 7,000 Saanich and Peninsula students back to school Monday

Outrigger canoe teams race over two days to raise money for men’s health initiatives

WetDashe for men’s health highlights benefits of year-round sport on the West Coast

Heritage Haunted House rakes in more than $10,000 to help fill children’s dreams

Spooky fundrasier has been scaring community for 13 years

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Most Read