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08-20-2011, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
Another thing to realize is that Junior hockey in general is EXTREMELY unpredictable, even at U-20 level. A team that can dominate a game 9-1 can go on to loose another game 3-2 to the same team. You see it a lot if you follow any junior league.

So when a bunch of 17 year olds loose 5-0, in adult hockey that would look more like 3-0. What's more important is the type of game they displayed throughout the tournament, which wasn't bad.

Anyway, nothing new- Russian hockey is never as bad as they say it is, and it's not as amazing as some think. Just overreactions.
Of course you and CSKA78 are correct, the overall tournament result was satisfactory. I was a little bit disappointed that in the pressure game against Canada that could have taken them to the Gold Medal game, the team fell apart and were trounced. But the first Finland game was also a "must win" game, and the team played very well. So this group could be better in a couple of years.

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