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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canadian Juniors Top Russia in Finals for 3rd Straight Year

LEKSAND, Sweden -- Canada scored three goals in a three-minute span late in the first period and beat Russia 4-2 Friday to win its third consecutive World Junior Ice Hockey Championship title.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist for Canada, which took a 4-0 lead in the second period and then held off Russia behind several spectacular saves by goalie Carey Price. It was the third year in a row that Canada defeated Russia in the final.

Both teams started quickly, with the Russians bombarding Price with shots early. But Canada scored first when Marc Staal intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, then passed the puck to Ryan O'Marra, who cut in front of the net. With two defenders converging, O'Marra sent the puck to a wide-open Andrew Cogliano, who tallied into a largely empty net at 15:35.

Bryan Little added a power-play goal 1:54 later, backhanding a rebound past Russian goalie Semyon Varlamov. Toews scored his after another 33 seconds, rifling a shot from the right circle above Varlamov's shoulder.

Brad Marchand's increased Canada's lead to four six minutes into the second period, but Pavel Valentenko and Gennady Churilov scored before the second intermission to halve the North Americans' commanding lead.

Price preserved the victory by thwarting Andrei Kiryukhin twice on separate power plays and beating out a Russian breakaway midway through the third following a turnover while the Canadians were enjoying a two-man advantage.

Canada's southern neighbor took third place as the United States got a goal and an assist from Erik Johnson to beat Sweden 2-1.

Johnson beat goalie Joel Gistedt with a wrist shot along the ice 12:34 into the second period, his fourth goal of the tournament.