MALMO, SWEDEN - Mathew Dumba might have put it best.
“We’ll get through this,” Dumba said after Canada lost 2-1 in the world junior championship bronze-medal game against Russia on Sunday.
“It’s not life or death. You are not losing a family member, you are not going through any hardships like that. It is a game. We can’t be too hard on ourselves. We played a good game. I think we deserved better. It’s just how the cards folded.”
The defenceman, on loan from the Minnesota Wild, had played with a heavy heart after the death of his grandmother Rose Dumba on Dec. 1.
Of course, the pain of losing a hockey game with the country watching and expecting more was felt by the Canadian players.
Forward Jonathan Drouin, defenceman Griffin Reinhart and goalie Jake Paterson all were part of the team that lost in the bronze-medal game in Ufa, Russia, last winter. Of the three, only Drouin is eligible for the 2015 world junior in Toronto and Montreal, but he could be with the NHL team that drafted him, Tampa Bay Lightning, next winter.