The head coach of the Canadian hockey team says his team had no "driver's mentality" when they started a battle with the Russians on Monday night.
"The foot of the gas, looking through the windshield and going after them, you go for victory. We did not play that way and it's like the winners," Tim Hunter said after Canada dropped with a 2-1 decision on Russia.
The coach said he knew that Russia would be a challenging opponent and his team did not play fast enough to scratch the victory in a difficult fight.
"They are a good team, they are competing," he said. "We somehow gave them some free time, because we did not play as well as we are capable of."
Look at the highlights of Canada's heavy loss in Russia:
The loss was Canada's first in the world championship in junior hockey and marked the end of his round game.
Russia (4-0-0-0) finished first in Group A, while Canada (3-1-0-0) was second. Sweden was at the top of Group B.
I learned a lesson
Losing the game on Monday was a lesson, said Hunter.
"Tonight is the last rehearsal," he said. "Because the next game, you do not have a gimme where you can lose the game and still move."
Florida Panthers prospect Grigory Denisenko set the first goal in Russia and Pavel Shen won the winner in the game.
"It was a good win and a tough game, but it's only preliminary, so we should forget about this game and think about future games," Shen said after an interpreter after the victory.
Playing before the mayor's crowd in Vancouver added an additional challenge, Denisenko said.
"When all fans are against you, they will oppose you, you will hear it all, making our team closer and becoming a family and helping us to produce the best," he said through an interpreter.
Cody Glass achieved Canada's only goal.
"I think we just sat down and watched too much from the beginning," said Owen Tippet, who applied for help in the play. "I think that once we challenged the performance more in the second period, it was a different game."
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPitro stopped 29 out of 31 shots for Canadians, and Russia received 30 savings from unattended Petro Kochetkov.
"There were two good goalkeepers in the ice, it's part of the game, we have to find a way to take the packs in the net," said Canada captain Maxim Kotois.
DiPietro went into play on Monday after allowing one goal in juniors and boasting 0.974 percent of the savings.
As opposed to the Russians, the Ottawa 67 goalie was forced to make them emphasize stop-post entries, including back-to-back strikes in the third period.
Hunter praised the work of the 19-year-old.
"He played superbly," said the coach. "Several interruptions in the late games, and then some other savings they were supposed to make. Thirty one shots. We do not want to give up many hits, but we did." I thought he was remarkable. "
Striving for perfection
But the goalkeeper said that he and his teammates should be better.
"We are keeping ourselves on a higher level and everyday we strive for perfection," said DiPitro.
Hunter's message after the match was motivated, added DiPitro.
"[This game is] something we can build and trouble is good for our group, especially in the games that really count, "he said." Sometimes a little trouble will do a lot and will really bring out what we do. "
All 10 teams in the tournament will have a New Year's Eve before the games continue on Wednesday.
Russia will face Slovakia in the quarterfinals. Canada will play Finland, which lost late match on Monday 4-1 to the UC by the end of third place in Group B.