2015 World Junior A Challenge

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2015 World Junior A Challenge
Game #6
Final
December 15, 2015 7:00 pm EST
Iroquois Park Sports Centre
Whitby, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
14
7
28
7
6
5
18

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
4
0 / 2
8

Game Story

RUSSIA FINISHES ATOP GROUP A WITH SHUTOUT WIN OVER SWISS

DAVID BRIEN

WHITBY, Ont. – Nikita Gromov and Mikhail Maltsev scored the goals, and Mikhail Berdin made 18 saves for the shutout as Russia blanked Switzerland 2-0 on Tuesday night to finish preliminary round play at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge.

The win leaves the Russians as Group A winners, and means they advance to Thursday’s semifinals (7 p.m. ET), where they’ll face the winner of the United States-Switzerland quarter-final.

It’s the first time Russia has topped its round-robin group since 2009, and the first time it’s done it with two regulation-time wins since 2007; the Russians also became just the second team to allow one goal or less in the preliminary round, joining Sweden (zero goals against in 2011).

It didn’t take long for the Russians to get on the board; Gromov capitalized on a power play with just 87 seconds off the clock, burying a cross-ice feed from Kirill Slepets.

Despite Russia holding a 21-13 advantage in shots on goal through two periods – including 14-6 in the second – Gromov’s goal would be the lone marker of the opening 40 minutes.

The Russians finally added to their lead just shy of the 12-minute mark of the third period.

After Switzerland failed to clear the defensive zone, Artur Kayumov picked up the puck along the boards and found Maltsev, who fired a shot through a screen and past Swiss goaltender Matteo Ritz for his third goal in two games.

Berdin recorded the second shutout in Russia’s last three games at the tournament; Washington Capitals first-rounder Ilya Samsonov made 46 saves to blank Canada East in last year’s bronze medal game.

The Swiss finished the preliminary round without a win, and will take on the United States in the quarter-finals Wednesday night in Cobourg (7 p.m. ET); the winner of that game takes on Russia in the semis.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cyril Oehen
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
00:35
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Nikita Gromov

Assists: Mikhail Meshcheryakov, Maxim Bain
01:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikolay Kovalenko
Tripping minor (2:00)
09:28
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Lee Roberts
Slashing minor (2:00)
02:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Dominik Egli
(auto) Elbowing minor (2:00)
04:56
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilia Karpukhin
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
07:30
GOAL
Goal: Mikhail Maltsev

Assists: Artur Kayumov
11:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Lee Roberts
Tripping minor (2:00)
18:12

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Mikhail Berdin RUS 60 18 18 0 1.000
Matteo Ritz SUI 60 28 26 2 0.929

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 18 - SV% - 1.000
GA 2 - SVS - 26 - SV% - 0.929
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

1 - 2 L vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 19, 2015
3 - 5 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 18, 2015
7 - 4 W vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 17, 2015
1 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2015
2 - 0 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 15, 2015
0 - 2 L vs. RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2015
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