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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.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Five 12-30-12

Finland 5 vs. Switzerland 4 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM

Switzerland blew a two goal third period lead to the Finns to fall 5-4 in the shootout, dropping the Swiss to 4th on the Group A table. Tanner Richard assisted on a goal in the match and was 75% on his draws, but he was stopped by Joonas Korpisalo in his attempt in the shootout session. Switzerland faces a critical match against the Czech Republic tomorrow with a top three spot in their group on the line.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Four 12-29-29

Germany 0 vs. Russia 7
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM, +2, 0 PIM

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

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

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy turned away 41 shots in a 7-0 blanking of Germany. Forward Nikita Kucherov chipped in the game opening goal and a power play helper in the winning effort. Russia will finish up their Round Robin on Monday against Canada in a game that will determine the winner of Pool B.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Three 12-28-12

Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM

Victor Rask's shootout tally lifted Sweden to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Switzerland took Sweden to the brink, and held a lead into the Third Period on Mike Kunzle's third goal of the tournament, but they could not hold off the defending Gold Medalists. Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match and took a minor for high sticking that turned into Sweden's opening goal of the game. He was also 50% on draws. The Swiss now sit in 2nd place on the Group A table with games against Finland and Czech Republic yet to go. They face the Finns next on Sunday.

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

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

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

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Artem Sergeev (pictured) assisted on Viktor Tkachyov's goal early in the Third Period that gave Russia a critical 2-1 win over Team USA. Sergeev's helper means that all Lightning prospects have now found the scoresheet in Ufa, through the first two games of the Round Robin. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also had a helper in the match, assisting an Albert Yarullin goal on the power play. Forward Nikita Kucherov took a holding minor in the match, and was in the box for Jacob Trouba's lone goal for the Americans. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to undrafted Saskatoon netminder Andrei Makarov who turned away 41 shots for the win. Russia faces Germany next on Saturday and sits 2nd behind Canada on the Group B table.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Two 12-27-12

Switzerland 7 vs. Latvia 2
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM

In what should come as no surprise to OHL fans, Lightning prospect Tanner Richard started his tournament with assists in triplicate in Switzerland's 7-2 thumping of Team Latvia. Perhaps more impressively though, Richard's assists came at even strength, shorthanded, and on the power play, respectively, missing the empty netter for a "Lemieux cycle" of assists (no assists can be awarded on a penalty shot, of course). He was also 75% on his draws in the game, as Switzerland dominated the faceoff circles overall. Switzerland faces Sweden next on Friday.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day One 12-26-12

Slovakia 2 vs. Russia 3 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

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

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

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 32/34, 1.85 GAA, .941 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Nikita Nesterov assisted on Albert Yarullin's game winning goal 4:50 into overtime as Russia snuck past Slovakia 3-2. Nesterov has been named an assistant captain for Russia in the tournament. Slovakia forced overtime with a dramatic power play goal with 36 seconds left in regulation by Richard Mraz, but could not finish the comeback in the overtime session. Nikita Kucherov scored the game opening goal for Russia and was second on Team Russia in shots on goal with 4. Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy (pictured) was named Russia's player of the game after the match. Russia plays Team USA next on Friday.

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