2017 World Junior A Challenge

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2017 World Junior A Challenge
Game #5
Preliminary
Final
December 12, 2017 3:30 pm AST
Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Truro, N.S.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
7
8
7
22
5
4
16
25

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 7
6
1 / 3
14

Game Story

ROMANOV SCORES LATE, SENDING RUSSIA TO SEMIS AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Alexander Romanov scored the game-winning goal into an empty net with 1:51 to go, giving Russia a 3-2 win over Switzerland, first place in Group A and a bye to the semifinals at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge on Tuesday afternoon.

It is the third year in a row that Russians have won their group and advanced through to the final four; they will return to action Thursday, with the time and opponent yet to be determined.

With the Swiss needing the full three points to have a chance at first place, they pulled goaltender Luca Jan Hollenstein with just over two minutes left and the game tied 2-2.

Romanov gathered in a loose puck in his own zone and hit the empty net from 190 feet for the winner.

Offence was hard to come by early with both teams combining for a meager six shots on goal in the first 15 minutes, although Semyon Kizimov and Julian Mettler traded first-period posts.

Special teams got the Russians on the board before the end of the opening frame; Ivan Morozov went to the backhand to beat Hollenstein for a shorthanded goal at 16:49, and Nikita Okhotyuk hammered in a point shot on the power play at 19:00 to make it a 2-0 game after 20 minutes.

The Swiss got one back late in the second period when Kyen Sopa went low to the blocker side past Russian netminder Amir Miftakhof on the power play, and Andreas Dopfner toe-dragged around a defender and went five-hole on Miftakhof to tie the game at 7:58 of the third.

Russia, which managed just nine shots in the first two periods, finished with a 25-22 advantage.

The loss leaves the Swiss in third place in Group A and means they will take on the winner of the late game between Canada West and the United States in the quarter-finals on Wednesday (time to be confirmed).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Julian Mettler
Cross-Checking (2:00)
08:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Pavel Rotenberg
Boarding (2:00)
11:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniil Misyul
Interference (2:00)
15:13
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Ivan Morozov

Assists: Semyon Kizimov
16:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Matthew Verboon
Hooking (2:00)
17:50
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Nikita Okhotyuk

Assists: Danila Galeniuk
19:00
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexander Romanov
Interference (2:00)
01:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxim Sorkin
High-Sticking (2:00)
05:54
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Vladislav Mikhailov)
Too Many Players (2:00)
12:37
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kyen Sopa

Assists: Gian-Marco Wetter, Mika Henauer
14:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Rtishchev
Hooking (2:00)
14:42
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Matewa
Holding (2:00)
05:47
GOAL
Goal: Andreas Dopfner

Assists: Lucas Matewa
07:58
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Alexander Romanov

18:09
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Luca Jan Hollenstein

18:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Danila Galeniuk
Interference (2:00)
18:53

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Luca Jan Hollenstein SUI 58 24 22 2 0.917
Amir Miftakhof RUS 60 22 20 2 0.909

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 3 L @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 15, 2017
2 - 4 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2017
1 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 13, 2017
0 - 5 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 14, 2017
2 - 3 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 12, 2017
3 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 12, 2017
Videos
Photos
2016 WJAC: USA 4 – CAN-E 0 (Gold Medal)
Primeau made 14 saves, backstopping the Americans to a gold medal.
2016 WJAC - WJAC: CAN-W 5 – SUI 3 (5th Place)
Kawaguchi had a goal and three assists to help West to fifth place.
2016 WJAC - RUS 6 – CZE 3 (Bronze Medal)
Svechnikov scored a hat trick to lead Russia to its fourth bronze.
2016 WJAC: USA 4 – RUS 2 (Semifinal)
The U.S. scored three PP goals to advance to the gold medal game.
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