2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
December 9, 2018 2:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
3
1
5
0
1
2
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
21
4
35
7
9
13
29

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 5
18
0 / 9
10

Game Story

RUSSIA HOLDS OFF LATE PUSH, BEATS EAST FOR FIRST WJAC WIN

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Vasily Podkolzin scored twice in the second period to give Russia a little breathing room, and it held off a third-period push to earn a 5-3 win over Canada East in the opening game Sunday at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

It’s the seventh time in the last eight meetings that the Russians have topped the easterners, and the fourth year in a row it has started its schedule with a victory.

Semion Chistiakov and Ilya Nikolaev chipped in with two assists apiece for Russia, which took control with a three-goal second period, during which it outshot the Canadians 18-7.

Jamie Engelbert (Whitby, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL) had a pair of goals for East, which could never get closer than two in the final 20 minutes despite controlling the play for much of the period.

Maksim Groshev was first onto the scoreboard for Russia, letting go a wrist shot from just inside the blue-line that got up and over the blocker of Canadian goaltender Liam Soulière (Amos, Que./Brockville, CCHL) at the 11:27 mark of the first period.

Rodion Amirov doubled the advantage early in the second, taking advantage of a misplay behind the East net and tucking in a wraparound, but Ryland Mosley (Arnprior, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) and Spencer Kersten (Waterloo, Ont./Oakville, OJHL) combined on a shorthanded goal just two minutes later to get East on the board.

Podkolzin, widely expected to be a top-10 pick in next summer’s NHL draft, went to work after that, scoring twice in less than three minutes to extend the Russian lead to three.

He showed off his hands on the first goal, dangling in the slot before snapping a backhand past Soulière at 13:36, and was Johnny-on-the-spot at the side of the net to knock in a loose puck for the 4-1 goal at 16:28.

Engelbert got his first just 57 seconds into the third period when he chipped a rebound past Russian netminder Yaroslav Askarov, but Dmitrii Shishin answered only 50 seconds after that to restore the three-goal advantage.

Engelbert added a consolation marker with less than nine minutes to go, but the Canadians would get no closer.

East had a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, although the Russians held a 35-29 edge overall.

Both teams are back in action Monday; Russia is up first, taking on the Czech Republic in a rematch of the 2017 bronze medal game (2 p.m. MT), before East meets West in the first-ever all-Canadian preliminary-round match-up (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Matvei Guskov
Slashing (2:00)
04:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasily Podkolzin
Roughing (2:00)
10:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamie Engelbert
Cross-Checking (2:00)
10:53
GOAL
Goal: Maksim Groshev

Assists: Dmitrii Tiuvilin, Semion Chistiakov
11:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Cade Townend
Slashing (2:00)
16:10
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Dmitrii Tiuvilin

03:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Dustyn McFaul
Delay of Game (2:00)
04:36
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Ryland Mosley

Assists: Spencer Kersten
05:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasily Podkolzin
Roughing (2:00)
09:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryland Mosley
Roughing (2:00)
09:59
GOAL
Goal: Vasily Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Nikolaev, Daniil Gutik
11:28
GOAL
Goal: Vasily Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Nikolaev
13:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Nikolaev
High-Sticking (2:00)
18:56
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jamie Engelbert

Assists: Spencer Kersten, Riley McCutcheon
00:57
GOAL
Goal: Dmitrii Sheshin

Assists: Semion Chistiakov
01:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksandr Gordin
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
01:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryland Mosley
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
01:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Semion Chistiakov
Slashing (2:00)
01:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Takhir Mingachev
Too Many Players (2:00)
04:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Egor Serdyuk
Slashing (2:00)
09:12
GOAL
Goal: Jamie Engelbert

Assists: John Beaton, Spencer Kersten
11:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniil Gutik
Hooking (2:00)
15:17

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 29 26 3 0.897
Liam Soulière CAN-E 59 35 30 5 0.857

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 4 L vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 14, 2018
4 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 7 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 12, 2018
4 - 3 W vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 14, 2018
1 - 6 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 10, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 WJAC: CAN-W 3 – CZE 1 (Bronze)
Holloway scored twice to lead the Canadians to the bronze medal.
2018 WJAC: USA 2 – RUS 0 (Gold)
Saville made 25 saves to backstop the U.S. to its eighth WJAC gold.
2018 WJAC: RUS 4 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Nikolaev and Gutik scored PPGs in the third to help Russia advance.
2018 WJAC: USA 3 – CAN-W 2 OT (Semifinal)
Ness ended it in overtime to send the Americans to play for gold.