The United States fell to Russia 5-3 in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament. It wasn’t without a bit of drama though.
Trying to comeback late in the third period, the U.S. team pulled its goalie. Boston University’s Matt Grzelcyk muffed a puck on their own blue line with led to an easy, open-net goal by Russia’s Pavel Buchnevich.
Buchnevich then skated pass the United States bench and did a little taunting. He is only 18-years old, and isn’t necessarily an NHL veteran. The United States wasn’t exactly without a lack of immature displays on their side as well. Chicago Blackhawks 2013 draftee, Ryan Hartman who is 19-years-old, stuck his stick out at Buchnevich. It is subtle and hard to tell if he actually caught him or not.
It wasn’t over there. Later a member of the Russian staff was seen jawing and doing something towards the bench. He should have been better behaved and more mature than those involved. Guessing his age by his hair color, he has to be at least as twice as old as the players.
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