Canada loses last round-robin game to Russia at Channel One Cup

Canada's Maxim Noreau, left, and Russia's Sergei Plotnikov challenge for a puck during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Russia and Canada in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

MOSCOW — Vasily Koshechkin made 15 saves and Nikita Nesterov scored on a power play early in the third period as Russia beat Canada 2-0 on Saturday in the Canadians’ final round-robin game at the Channel One Cup.

Sergey Plotnikov also scored for the Russians.

Ben Scrivens made 14 saves for Canada, which finished the tournament with a win and two losses.

The teams combined for just 31 shots on goal and Russia held a narrow 16-15 advantage. Canada outshot Russia 7-3 in the first period.

The game was scoreless until the third when Nikita Gusev set up Nesterov for the power-play goal and eventual winner 2:24 into the final frame.

Plotnikov made it 2-0 seven minutes later.

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