2018 World Junior A Challenge

Presented By newlogo
2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #11
Semifinal
Final
December 15, 2018 2:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
0
1
1
0
3
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
7
10
29
14
13
11
38

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
8
2 / 4
8

Game Story

RUSSIA PULLS AWAY IN THIRD, WILL PLAY FOR WJAC GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Ilya Nikolaev and Daniil Gutik scored power-play goals two minutes apart in the third period, breaking open a tie game and sending Russia to the gold medal game at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a 4-1 semifinal win over the Czech Republic on Saturday afternoon.

The Russians, in search of their first-ever gold medal, will face the winner of the Canada West-United States semifinal on Sunday (4 p.m. MT, TSN) in their third all-time appearance in the final.

Rodion Amirov scored the other two goals for Russia, while Nikolaev finished with a goal and two assists.

Russian goaltender Yaroslav Askarov and Czech counterpart Daniel Dvorak kept the game scoreless for much of the first period, combining for 24 saves in the opening 20 minutes.

Amirov was first onto the scoresheet, banging in a Nikolaev rebound from a sharp angle at 17:25, but Jan Stibingr hammered a point shot through traffic and past Askarov with 47 seconds left in the frame to get the game to the intermission even.

Dvorak kept it that way through 40 minutes, making 13 of his 34 stops in the second period.

But penalty trouble doomed the Czechs in the third; Nikolaev restored the Russian lead for good at 3:51, deftly redirecting a shot from Nikolai Burenov, and Gutik got his wrist shot through a maze of bodies to make it a two-goal game at 5:59.

Askarov did the rest, shutting down the Czechs and improving his tournament-leading numbers to a 1.80 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in three starts.

Amirov found the empty net with 33 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

The Czechs, who beat the Russians for bronze a year ago, will go for back-to-back third-place finishes against the loser of the West-U.S. semifinal on Sunday afternoon (12 p.m. MT, TSN).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Sir
Cross-Checking (2:00)
01:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasily Podkolzin
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
01:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Artemii Kniazev
Hooking (2:00)
08:39
GOAL
Goal: Rodion Amirov

Assists: Ilya Nikolaev, Dmitrii Sheshin
17:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitrii Tiuvilin
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:06
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Jan Stibingr

Assists: Matej Blumel
19:13
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Artemii Kniazev
Holding (2:00)
09:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Vojtech Strondala
Kneeing (2:00)
15:01
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Vojtech Strondala
Tripping (2:00)
03:45
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ilya Nikolaev

Assists: Nikolai Burenov, Vasily Podkolzin
03:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Pucek
Cross-Checking (2:00)
04:50
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Daniil Gutik

Assists: Ilya Nikolaev
05:59
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Daniel Dvorak

17:43
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Rodion Amirov

Assists: Dmitrii Sheshin
19:26
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Daniel Dvorak

19:27

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Daniel Dvorak CZE 57 37 34 3 0.919
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 29 28 1 0.966

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 3 L @ Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 16, 2018
0 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2018
1 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada EastCAN-E
Dec 14, 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.