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The World Junior Hockey Championship (IIHF World Under-20 Championships) finished Saturday with an unexpected result…Canada not winning a medal. In fact it was only the third time since 1990 and first time since 1998 that Canada has failed to win a medal. It has been coming though. After winning 5 gold medals in a row from 2005-2009, 2010 and 2011 saw silver medals and 2012 a bronze before missing this year.
Canada doesn’t dominate nor is assured of a medal any longer at this tournament. This year was supposed to be a sure win for Canada with the NHL being locked out and several team members who would be playing in the NHL being members of the team. 3 in particular, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mark Scheifele, didn’t disappoint. RNH in specifically was fantastic except in the semi-final game where the entire team took the game off. He lead the tournament in scoring and was a +6. In the round robin, team Canada scored more goals than any other team.
Their biggest issue was in goal. Malcolm Subban and Jordan Binnington were just not up to the task. Subban played the majority of the games for Canada and was not the big time goalie that Canada needed. He finished the tournament with the 6th best save percentage and the 5th best goals against average. That is not going to win tournaments. When Binnington did get a chance to play he was even worse. Part of that may have been sitting on the bench for so many games but you need to be ready when called upon. Subban let in 3 goals in the first 2 games of the tournament an the first game was against Germany. The issue with that is that Germany only scored 4 goals in the entire round robin and 3 of those were in the first game. Not championship calibre goaltending.
Yes there were other things that worked against team Canada. The IIHF seemed to have it in for the team, in particular the penalty that Anthony Camara received for a clean hit in the game against Slovakia. The physical style that Canada typically plays no longer goes over well or scares opponents at the WJHC. The coaches need to do a better job of picking a team who can play without the over aggressive play.
Is there any better way to end a year than watching Team Canada beat Team Russia at the World Junior Hockey Championships? I think not! Today was no different as the Canadians beat the Russians 4-1 and the Nuge (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) had 3 assists in what was a dominating game. Shots were 47-22. With the victory, Team Canada finishes top of their group at a perfect 4-0 and will await the quarter final game winner between the USA and the Czech Republic.
The Christmas holidays have been quiet around our place this year. It has been cold for most of the first week with temperatures hovering around the -30°C mark. I had wanted to spend some time outside taking pictures with my new camera but that just hasn’t happened. On the positive side, the temperatures are supposed to continue rising today to an almost balmy -18°C by the time the fireworks take place tonight. Maybe we can head out to take some pictures.
One thing we have done a lot of during the break is watch movies and shows through our XBox account and Netflix. We watched movies Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol for a second time and We Bought a Zoo, the documentaries Hunting the Lost Symbol, Vegucated and Hungry for Change and the TV show The 4400. They have all been good and I am not sure why we didn’t watch The 4400 when it was on TV back in 2004-2007 and it is a good show. 22 Episodes down and 23 more to go.
Last Monday (or “M” Day as we refer to it for Patti) of the year. It was a good year and I look for 2013 to be an even better one.