2013 WJC Review: Russia settles for bronze on home ice
Team Russia's bronze medal can be deemed as a good result on home soil, though not the result that was hoped for at the 2013 World Junior Championship. They surrendered to Sweden in the semifinals in the shoot-out, but the win over Canada in the bronze medal game surely cheered up the home crowd.
The win fulfilled the official expectation from the FHR, who set to head coach Mikhail Varnakov the task of getting a medal, but many accused Varnakov of playing too conservatively. This could actually have had some impact on Team Russia’s game, especially considering the very good offensive forwards the team featured in their lineup.… read more
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