2012 WJC Day Nine: Russia defeats Canada to advance to gold medal game

BUFFALO NY - JANUARY 05: Maxim Kitsyn #13 Yevgeni Kuznetsov #25 and Vladimir Tarasenko #10 of Russia celebrate Tarasenko's goal to tie the game at 3-3 with Canada during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Gold medal game between Canada and Russia on January 5 2011 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The United States will advance to the 2013 World Junior Championships, after their 12-2 rout over Latvia. Nick Bjugstad had a fantastic night, scoring five points (3G/2A) off sevenshots and had a plus-five. Kyle Rau helped the United States out with three points (1G/2A) on five shots and plus-one. Connor Brickley did not play. The Americans last game will be tomorrow against Switzerland at 5:00 pm EST. Both teams will be playing for pride as both will advance to the 2013 World Junior Championships next season.

In a dramatic game between two rivals, Finland lost 3-2 to Sweden in the shootout. Joonas Donskoi had zero points on four shots, and finished with a natural plus-minus. Ending the night was Russia's 6-5 defeat of Canada. Yaroslav Kosov and Quinton Howden were both scoreless, while Jonathan Huberdeau had an assist and 22 penalty minutes, missing most of the third period for a ten minute misconduct. The gold medal game between Sweden and Russia will be at 8:00 pm EST, with the bronze medal game being at 3:30 pm EST between Canada and Finland.

Click the jump for standings and stats for Florida's prospects in the tournament.

Player Nation GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Jonathan Huberdeau Canada 5 1 8 9 9 26
Nick Bjugstad United States 5 4 2 6 2 0
Kyle Rau United States 5 3 2 5 0 4
Joonas Donskoi Finland 6 2 3 5 1 0
Yaroslav Kosov Russia 6 2 2 4 4 0
Quinton Howden Canada 5 1 2 3 3 2
Connor Brickley United States 3 0 0 0 -3 0

Relegation round

United States 2 2 0 0 0 23 5 6
Switzerland 2 1 1 0 0 9 6 5
Denmark 2 0 0 1 1 6 15 1
Latvia 2 0 0 0 2 5 17 0

Note: Wins in regulation are worth three points, overtime wins are two points and over-time losses are worth one point.

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