It is safe to say that neither team wanted to be in this position, yet Canada and Russia find themselves battling for the bronze medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship. The two teams met in the bronze medal game at last year's WJC in Ufa, Russia, a game won by the host Russians.
Russia ends up in this game as a result of a close 2-1 loss to host Sweden, while Canada dropped a 5-1 decision to Finland. For two hockey superpowers like Russia and Canada, competing for bronze is a difficult pill to swallow. Indeed, the team that can overcome the disappointment of not competing for gold is likely to take home the bronze.
Hockey's Future writers Chapin Landvogt and Derek O'Brien are in Malmo, Sweden for this tournament. In this HF podcast, they preview the bronze medal game of the 2014 WJC.
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