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05/01/2011 Team Russia U18 World Championship review

After the WJC triumph, Team Russia hoped for a repeat in Germany for the U18s. They fell short though. After a good round robin, the team led by Yuri Rumyantsev lost the semifinals to team Sweden with a 1-3 score - exactly like the 2010 edition - but then managed to surprisingly defeat team Canada to grab a bronze medal. However, the Russians weren't satisfied by the output of the game, as some pointed out that the goal scored by Gustav Bjorklund was not good and the coach and some players weren't scared to tell it to the media: "The referees made this game for our opponents", said goalkeeper Vasilevski after the game. But even if Bjorklund's goal had a certain degree of controversy, the victory was well deserved for the Tre Kronor, who managed to shut down the Russian top line and played an overall very good game, with Russia being able to be a treat mostly thanks to Vasilevski's superb play. (Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
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