Russia's Medvedev congratulates national ice hockey team

19:10, January 06, 2011      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday congratulated national ice hockey team in his Twitter, saying the team that had defeated Canadian rivals in annual International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World U20 Championship was "well done".

The president said in his tweet that "congratulations to our youth hockey team on winning the world championship." Since 2003, the Russian team has finally taking the crown for the first time in Buffalo, N.Y.

In the first and second period of the match, Russians initiated attack several times, but was trashed by three goals from the Canadians. In order to improve the situation, Russian coach Valeri Bragin switched tired Dmitri Shikin, who was noted as one of the best goaltenders at this tournament.

Later in third term, the Russians emerged fresh and angry and launched attacks to erase the 3-0 deficit. Artemy Panarin scored the first goal and in less than 15 seconds his teammate Maxim Kitsyn scored another.

With the two boosting morale goals, the Russian team presented a changeover by other three goals in their rivals' net and ultimately took gold medals off their necks.

The bronze medal of the 2011 World Junior Championships went to the United States after its victory over Sweden 4-2 earlier in the day.

Source: Xinhua
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