Thursday, 6 January 2011

Schenn Has to Settle for Silver, Again

Russia took advantage of a devastating Canadian collapse to win the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo.

Russia scored five unanswered goals in the third period to skate away with a 5-3 victory and leave Canada with a silver medal for the second year in a row.

"Pretty tough to take right now, hard to believe," said Wheat Kings' centre Brayden Schenn after the game, "If you go back in time and do it all over again, I'm sure it would be a different result for our team but it is what it is. It was obviously not meant to be for our team and it was a tough third period there."

Schenn had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's gold medal game, finishing the tournament with eight goals and 18 points.

That ties him with Dale McCourt (1977) for most points in a single tournament by a Canadian player.

He was also named the tournament MVP, the Top Forward and to the All-Star team.

Schenn also revealed after the game that he suffered a shoulder injury in the quarter-final game versus Switzerland that isn't believed to be serious, but could delay his return to the Wheat Kings' lineup.

"It's not that bad but it's a first degree AC joint," said Schenn, "We'll take care of that after the tournament now and we'll see what happens."

According to a Los Angeles Kings official, the ailment will keep Schenn out of action for the next 10-14 days.

It's uncertain at this point when Schenn will return to the Wheat Kings, though it's expected most of the Canadian players would return to their club teams today.

Brandon has been pumping the 'welcome back Brayden Schenn' angle for Friday's home game against Calgary but with the news of his injury, it's unlikely he'll be in the Wheat Kings' lineup.

Whether he's honoured at the game in a different way has yet to be announced.

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