Brennan Othmann broke a tie with a sharp-angle shot early in the second period and Canada won the world under-18 hockey championship Thursday night, beating Russia 5-3 for its fourth title and first since 2013. Captain Shane Wright scored twice, 15-year-old Connor Bedard — the youngest champion in tournament history — and Logan Stankoven also scored and Benjamin Gaudreau made 31 saves for Canada. Matvei Michkov, Dmitri Buchelnikov and Vladimir Grudinin scored for Russia.
That year, they sent the then-14-year-old Chikunova to the European Junior and World Junior Championships instead, freeing up a spot for Efimova to race alongside Temnikova at Worlds. Without the same obvious path to a vacant spot, it appears as though Efimova is content to focus her efforts on the 100 breaststroke instead. But Chepik says that Efimova indicated that she considered pulling out of the 200 breaststroke even at the Olympic Trials meet.