CBJ Prospect Russell, Team Canada Strike Gold At WJC
Canada 5, Russia 0; Finland 4, USA 2
Vancouver, BC - Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kris Russell had an assist to help Team Canada to a 5-0 victory over Russia to win the Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Ohio natives Tom Fritsche and Nathan Davis were held scoreless in Team USA's 4-2 loss to Finland in the Bronze Medal game.
Steve Downie scored the game winning goal for Canada, while Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist, Michael Blunden scored twice and Kyle Chipchura also had a goal to account for the scoring.
It was Canada's second consecutive Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships.
Goalie Justin Pogge's 35 saves for his third shutout of the tournament and Cameron Parker and Andrew CoglianoÂ eachÂ had two assists. Russell, a defenseman selected with Columbus' third pick, 67th overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft, also had an assist.
It was Russell's third helper of the tournament as the Caroline, Alberta native finished the WJCsÂ scoring 1-3-4, and a +6 plus/minus rating, which was second on the team. His four pointsÂ ranked eighth amongst defenesmen, while his +6 was also tied for eighth in the tournament.
In the Bronze Medal game, Finland rallied for a 4-2 win over Team USA, coming back from a 1-0 deficit and breaking a 2-2 tie with just nine minutes remaining to win the bronze. Bobby Ryan and Jack Johnson scored for the Americans, while Jari Sailio, Lauri Tukonen (GWG) each scored a goal and Jesse JoensuuÂ lit the lampÂ twice for Finland.
Fritsche, younger brother of the Blue Jackets' Dan Fritsche and a sophomore at Ohio State, was scoreless on Thursday, but finished the tournament scoring 1-4-5 with an even rating in seven games for Team USA. His four assists ranked third on the team.
Davis, a sophomore at Miami University, finished the tournament scoring 0-1-1 with a -1 rating in seven games.