Canada suffered an epic third period collapse in the gold medal game of the World Junior Hockey Championship on Wednesday, allowing the Russians to storm back into a game that as all but over before the start of the final frame. Down 3-0 going into the third, Russia scored five unanswered goals to send the Canadians home with a silver medal for the second year in a row. “They just turned it on and I just think we weren’t ready for what they had to throw at us,” Team Canada captain Ryan Ellis said after the game. The Canadian squad was apparently so confident of the outcome, the players were discussing to whom they would dedicate their victory in the dressing room between periods. “It’s probably 10 times worse,” Ellis answered when asked about how the result compares to last year’s overtime loss to the U.S. “[The gold medal] was right there. We had it and now it’s gone.”
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