BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Team Canada collapsed in the gold medal game of the World Juniors.
Team Canada came on strong but a Russian rally in the third period cost our neighbors to the north golden glory.
Canadian fans at HSBC Arena got very quiet as the Russians managed to put the puck in the net five times in the final period, resulting in a five to three finish.
This was certainly not the way Canadian fans expected this world class tournament to end.
The only fans left cheering after Wednesday night's game were the small pack of Russia faithful.
They had plenty to cheer about after their five to three gold medal win, and one of the most unlikely comebacks in World Juniors history.
Team Russia fan Liza Labut said, "We had fun and we won. I'm originally from Russia, so it's my home."
But for the red-and-white clad fans from across the border, the night was filled with disappointment and frustration.
Team Canada fan Curtis Zezella said, "Heartbreaking, really. It's tough, you know, we after going on for five years, losing last year, losing this year."
Organizers say those Canadian fans bought two thirds of the 330,000 tickets sold for the tournament, making it the second best attended in history.
Earlier in the day team USA nabbed the bronze medal in their four to two victory against Sweden.
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