Soviet Union 4, Canada 1
HAMILTON, Ont. (AP) _ Sergei Ospinov scored early in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and Ravil Khaidarov and Igor Viazmykin added third-period goals to lead the Soviet Union to a 4-1 victory over Canada to clinch the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships Thursday night.
The loss gives Canada the silver medal regardless of the outcome of the final games on Saturday.
The hard-fought victory over the defending champions in the rugged, heavy- hitting game, gave the Soviets the junior crown for the seventh time in the 10-year-history of the tournament. The only years the Soviets have failed to capture the gold occurred last year and in 1982 when Canada won and 1981 when Sweden took the crown.
Shayne Corson was the lone Canadian to beat goaltender Evgeny Belosheikin, giving his team a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
But the Soviets countered with Alexander Semak tying the game late in the first period on a power-play goal before Ospinov beat goaltender Craig Billington for the winner 2:05 into the second period.
With Canada pressing for the tying goal in the third period, Khaidarov and Viazmykin both broke in behind the defense to add insurance goals at 6:20 and 8:16, respectively.
The loss was the first against five wins for Canada while the Soviets remain unbeaten at 6-0.
Canada plays Czechoslovakia in the finale on Saturday with the Soviets meeting Finland. The combination of a Soviet loss and Canadian victory, while tying the records, wouldn’t give Canada the win. The first tiebreaker is based on head-to-head competition.
The loss also was the first for Canadian Coach Terry Simpson in this tournament. Last year he guided the team to the gold with a 5-0-2 record.