Team Canada will open the 2015 IIHF world junior hockey championship on Dec. 26 against Slovakia in Montreal, according to the schedule released Tuesday by Hockey Canada, the IIHF and the tournament host committee.
Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov scored in the first period as Russia sent Canada home without a medal at the world junior championship for a second year in a row with a 2-1 victory in the bronze-medal game on Sunday.
Brent Sutter seemed to be in a nasty mood at practice the morning after Canada's biggest win so far at the world junior hockey championship. The veteran coach was barking orders and slamming his stick at missed plays on Wednesday; but the shouting had a tactical side.
Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored in the third period and Canada hung on for a 3-2 victory over the United States to claim first place in their preliminary round group on Tuesday at the world junior championship.