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U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Eleven 1-5-13

Bronze Medal Match
Canada 5 vs. Russia 6 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 7GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, DNP
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-0-1, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .950 sv%

Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev had a secondary assist on Valeri Nichuskin's overtime game winning goal to lift Russia to a 6-5 win the Bronze Medal Match of the U20 World Junior Championships in front of the home crowd in Ufa. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also chipped in a power play helper in the winning effort. Nikita Kucherov, who is among the tournament leaders in scoring, failed to find the scoresheet against the Canadians. Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, who had both of Russia's previous starts, did not dress for the game. For the Russians, although failing to win Gold on home ice is disappointing, having only lost to the Swedes in a shootout in the Semifinals and then to defeat the Canadians in the Bronze Medal Match is certainly reason to hold their heads high. Sergeev and Kucherov will return to their respective clubs in the QMJHL while Nesterov will likely return to Chelyabinsk of the KHL and Ufa of the KHL will make a determination now on where to assign Vasilevskiy.

Update:
Team USA defeated Sweden in the Gold Medal Match of the U20 WJC's 3-1.

At the conclusion of the game, the tournament released its awards. By vote of the coaches, Vasilevskiy and Nesterov were named two of Russia's top three players in the tournament.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Ten 1-4-13

Czech Republic 4 vs. Switzerland 3
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 8 PIM

Tomas Hertl's power play goal early in the Third Period stood up as the game winning goal in Czech Republic's 4-3 victory over Switzerland in the tournamen't 5th Place Game. The loss was Switzerland's first and only regulation loss of the U20's. Tanner Richard took two minors for roughing and a minor for tripping in the game. It was also the first contest of the tournament when he was sub-.500 on draws (31.3%). Richard will return to the OHL now to continue his North American Junior season.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Nine 1-3-13

Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 5-3-8, +5, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Shootout Loss, 38/41, 2.77 GAA, .927 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-0-1, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .950 sv%

Sweden's Sebastien Collberg scored the only goal of the penalty shot session to stamp his team's ticket to the Gold Medal Match in a 3-2 win over Russia. Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout for the shootout loss. Forward Nikita Kucherov assisted on Mikhail Grigorenko's goal in the Third Period to help force Overtime, but was stopped on Russia's last shootout attempt. Russia plays Canada on Saturday in the Bronze Medal Match after Team USA upended the Canadians 5-1 in the day's other Semifinal.

Kucherov currently sits tied for 4th in the tournament in scoring.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Eight 1-2-13

To the brink...

Russia 4 vs. Switzerland 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 2-1-3, +1. 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Shootout Win, 41/44, 2.77 GAA, .932 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1 SO, 1.54 GAA, .958 sv%

Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov scored a power play goal with 1:39 left in regulation to force overtime and then scored the shootout winner for Russia in their 4-3 win over Switzerland. Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped 4 of 5 in the shootout to seal the win. Nikita Kucherov gets credit for 2 goals, statistically, because shootout winners are counted in Europe. Nikita Nesterov also had a power play helper in the match. Russia moves on to the Semifinal Match against Sweden on Thursday. Switzerland will play Czech Republic in the 5th Place Match on Friday. Switzerland has still not lost in regulation in the tournament, despite only winning once in the Round Robin against Latvia.

Update: Nikita Kucherov (pictured) was named Yahoo Sports' Buzzing the Crease's first star of the day for his effort against the Swiss. Andrey Vasilveskiy earned honorable mention.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Six 12-31-12

Switzerland 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (OT)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Tomas Hertl's overtime goal lifted Czech Republic to a 4-3 win over Switzerland in their final game of the Round Robin. Switzerland overcame a 2 goal Third Period deficit to force extra time, but took their third after-regulation loss of the tournament. The Swiss finished in third place in Pool A after the Finns lost to Sweden today. They draw Russia on Wednesday in the opener of the Playoff Round.

Russia 1 vs. Canada 4
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Nikita Kucherov scored Russia's only goal in their 4-1 loss to Canada. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov was named Russia's best player in the defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Andrei Makarov, who made 44 saved for the Russians. Russia finished in second in Pool B. They face the Swiss Wednesday in the Playoff Round.

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