Updated: Wildcats players headed to consolation round with Team Atlantic

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Team Atlantic goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon, right, gets set for a shot while Brett McKenzie of Team Ontario moves into position during the second day of action at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Dec. 30 at Centre 200. Mann-Dixon is the Valley Wildcats top goalie.

Update 1 p.m.: 

Due to weather conditions, this evening’s seventh-place game between Team Atlantic and the Czech Republic scheduled to take place in Port Hawkesbury at 7 p.m. has been postponed.     The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Port Hawkesbury at the Civic Centre.

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Team Atlantic pushed hard but couldn't catch up to Russia, which defeated the unofficial host 5-3 at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Valley Wildcats’ Blade Mann-Dixon made 38 saves in the loss, which sends the Atlantic team to the seventh place game tonight.

William Bower put the Canadians on the board first with a goal two minutes and 10 seconds into Thursday's game in front of a few thousand hockey fans at Centre 200.

Artem Rozhkovskiy and Denis Gurianov responded with goals to give Russia a one-goal advantage at the end of the frame.

In the second, Artur Tyanulin and Aleksandr Zhebelev added single markers to extend Russia's lead to 4-1.

"I thought the guys left it out there and we're really proud of the group," said Team Atlantic head coach Doug Doull, a Glace Bay native and a former NHLer. "Russia (is) another skilled team, they have a lot of weapons, and we managed to have a real strong game and a strong performance."

Atlantic fought back in the third with a power-play goal by Cameron Lee with assists from Nathan Noel and Alexandre Jacob.

Jacob added the final Atlantic goal with less than five minutes left to play.

"We got behind a little bit there," said Doull. "These kids showed a lot of resolve and a lot of resilience and made it a game coming back.

"I thought we had a lot of pressure on them towards the end of the game. We had a little tough luck on calls, and around the net just couldn't seem to find a balance. It seemed like that for pretty much the entire tournament, but that's the way she goes."

Russia outshot Atlantic 43-30.

Nikita Kolesnikov made 27 saves for the win.

Mann-Dixon’s teammate Colby Tower also played for Team Atlantic.

With the loss, Atlantic finishes fourth in Group B and will play Czech Republic in a seventh-place game at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 7 p.m. today.

Full tournament information is available here.

For ongoing coverage of the tournament, check out the liveblog on the right-hand side of kingscountynews.ca or follow along on twitter using hashtag #WU172014 

Organizations: Centre 200

Geographic location: Russia, Glace Bay, Czech Republic Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

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