Although Russia suffered just one overtime loss in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, their eight points only tied them for second with Sweden in Group A, two points behind Canada.
Russia opened the playoff round against the Czech Republic, who also finished the preliminary round with eight points. The Russians weren't sporting the high-powered offense that they sometimes bring to this tournament, while the Czechs have iced a lineup that has been stronger overall than other, recent rosters. In what was a closely battled affair, the Czechs took a 3-2 overtime win that moves them on to the semi-finals and sends the Russians home without a medal.
The Russian defense surrendered 13 goals at this tournament. One of those defenders, Damir Sharpizyanov, provided a more stay-at-home presence for the Russians and did not produce any points while posting an even rating for the tournament.
Sharpizyanov played for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2013-14, posting five goals and 11 assists in 67 games.
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