Team Canada's loss not all goaltenders' fault

Canada's Boone Jenner cries after Canada was defeated by Russia in the bronze medal game at the...

Canada's Boone Jenner cries after Canada was defeated by Russia in the bronze medal game at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Jan. 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

UFA, RUSSIA - The tears on Boone Jenner’s face said it all.

The Team Canada forward stood on the blue line at UFA Arena in the din of celebrating Russian fans as they cheered their team’s bronze medal at the world junior championship.

Jenner and his teammates left this tournament empty handed for the first time in 15 years.

Jenner’s tears showed the disappointment for this group, which, in its two biggest games of the tournament, fell behind early and spent the rest of the games trying to recover.

Team Canada almost pulled this one out before losing in what is apparently an obligatory 6-5 score when these countries meet with something significant on the line.

There will be a lot to pick through after this defeat: Canada’s inability, again, to keep pucks out of its net in significant games will be uppermost in a lot of people’s minds. For the second straight game, Canadian coach Steve Spott had to pull his starting goaltender with his team down after a slow start.


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