2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #7
Preliminary
Final
December 12, 2018 7:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
9
16
6
31
9
9
10
28

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 8
16
1 / 6
22

Game Story

GOALTENDING LEADS RUSSIA PAST WEST AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Yaroslav Askarov was perfect in a 31-save performance, backstopping Russia to a 3-0 win over Canada West in a battle of unbeaten teams Wednesday night at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.

Askarov became just the second goaltender to post a WJAC shutout against Canada West, joining Swedish puck-stopper Mathias Israelsson, who stopped all 37 shots he faced in a preliminary-round game in 2011.

The Russians, who handed West its first loss and solidified their hold on first place, did all their offensive damage in the first 25 minutes, chasing Canadian starter Matthew Davis (Calgary, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) in the process.

Nikolai Burenov started the scoring on a first-period power play, swatting in the rebound of a Vasily Podkolzin shot to put Russia up by a goal after an evenly-matched opening 20 minutes.

Aleksandr Gordin jumped on another rebound to make it 2-0 just 83 seconds into the second period, and Maksim Groshev took advantage of miscommunication to score shorthanded at 5:01, ending the night for Davis after three goals on 12 shots.

Matthew Radomsky (Winnipeg, Man./Steinbach, MJHL) was lights out in relief, turning aside 16 shots.

The Canadians carried the play in the middle frame, outshooting Russia 16-9 on the back of three power plays, but Askarov was up to the task.

A four-minute man advantage with less than seven minutes to go gave West one final chance to find a way past the netminder, but the Russian penalty kill kept the shutout intact.

Already assured of a semifinal spot, the Canadians close out their preliminary-round schedule Thursday night against the Czech Republic (7 p.m. MT), while Russia will try and finish off a perfect prelims Friday against the United States (2 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mathieu Gosselin
Slashing (2:00)
10:44
GOAL
Goal: Nikolai Burenov (power play)

Assists: Vasily Podkolzin, Daniil Gutik
12:24
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Aleksandr Gordin

Assists: Mikhail Abramov
01:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Artemii Kniazev
Tripping (2:00)
03:37
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Maksim Groshev

05:01
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Matthew Radomsky

05:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Holloway
Roughing (2:00)
09:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Austin Wong
Roughing (2:00)
09:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Bychkov
Roughing (2:00)
09:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksandr Gordin
Roughing (2:00)
09:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitrii Sheshin
Delay of Game (2:00)
10:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilia Mironov
Roughing (2:00)
19:27
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Bast
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Bast
Roughing (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Holloway
Roughing (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Holloway
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Bychkov
Roughing (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Bychkov
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Ivan Rogov
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Ivan Rogov
Roughing (2:00)
11:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Nikolaev
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
13:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Bast
Cross-Checking (2:00)
19:24

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Matthew Davis CAN-W 25 12 9 3 0.750
Matthew Radomsky CAN-W 34 16 16 0 1.000
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 31 31 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 3 - SVS - 9 - SV% - 0.750
GA 0 - SVS - 31 - SV% - 1.000
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

3 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 16, 2018
0 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2018
2 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 5 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 13, 2018
4 - 3 W vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 14, 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.