One Russian Prevails

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Earlier this year, Stanislav Galiev and Maxim Kitsyn both went to the Russian World Junior Championship camp to hopefully get a spot on the national team.  Galiev was snubbed while Kitsyn would go on to make the team that would win gold at the tournament in Buffalo.  Then halfway through the OHL season, Kitsyn hopped on a plane and took his game to the CHL with Mississauga.

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Don’t Call it a Comeback They’ve Been Here for Years, Russia Defeats Canada 5-3

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They say good things come in threes and if you happened to play on this year’s Russian Junior National Team well tonight’s 5-3 win over Canada to win gold was the perfect end to what has been a monumental tournament. Coming back against Finland to reach the semi-finals, then coming back again to beat Sweden to reach the finals showed the character and spunk these new hero’s had.

Finding themselves down 3-0 entering the third period against the home crowd favorite Canada would leave little room for hope in many, this year’s group? Not even close. Led by Artemi Panarin, Russia scored five unanswered goals to not only complete a modern day “Miracle on Ice” but also retain gold for the junior squad for the first time since 2003.
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