Andrey Makarov made 44 saves Monday as Russia closed the Group B round robin with a 4-1 loss to Canada. The Saskatoon Blades netminder was forced to battle Canadian shooters on a five-minute power play in the first period, surrendering two goals during the span while hanging tough to prevent additional strikes with second and sometimes third saves. Through two tourney starts, the athletic backstop has been very good in amassing a 1-1 record with a 2.02 GAA and .955 save%.
Russian centerman Mikhail Grigorenko was held off the scoresheet, winning just five of 15 draws in defeat. The 18-year old finishes pool play with three assists, 18 shots on goal, and a 53 percent success rate at the faceoff circle (34/64).
Russia will square off with Switzerland on Wednesday in a quarterfinal matchup.