January 3, 1995 in Sports

Canada Clinches Title

Compiled From Wire Services

Canada won its third consecutive World Junior Hockey Championship.

The unbeaten Canadians defeated Russia 8-5, then clinched the title when Finland rallied to tie Sweden 3-3 in Calgary.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Jamie Storr, Canada’s No. 1 goaltender. “I’m just lucky to be on a great team.”

Sweden (4-1-1) had to beat Finland to keep its hopes for a gold medal alive after Canada’s victory over Russia. Finland scored two late third-period goals to salvage its tie.

In Calgary, an Olympic Saddledome crowd of 3,846 began cheering wildly in the final seconds, knowing Canada would win the gold.

Canada has won five of the last six world junior championships. Sweden, whose only world junior gold medal came in 1981, has won the silver medal the last three years.

Canada (6-0) has to play Sweden on Wednesday, but with a three-point cushion in the round-robin standings nobody can catch the host country.

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