2010 U18 WJC: Team Russia finishes without medals (Photo © fhr.ru)
After the defeat against Team Sweden in the 2010 U18 WJC semifinals, Team Russia lost the third place to Finland losing the bronze medal game 5-1.
Team Finland got the lead only during the second period with a goal by Teemu Pulkkinen, then in the third period they scored four unanswered goals (with Pulkkinen getting the hat trick) to get a five goals lead.
Team Russia lost the nerves and at the 57th minute a fight broke out and six players were sent off, three for Finland, Hovinen, Partanen and Moisio, while for Russia Nikita Nesterov, Zakhar Arzamastsev and Maxim Shalunov.
On the 58th minute team Russia scored the consolation goal with Emil Galimov.
“I have no claims toward players”, declared team Russia’s head coach Mikhail Vasiliev, who once again iced 15-years old Andrei Vasilevski between the pipes.
Team USA won their second straight Gold Medal after defeating Team Sweden 3-1 in the April 23rd final. Team Russia captain Evgeny Kuznetsov has been included into the tournament’s All-Star team.