2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

United States 4 - Russia 7


WINDSOR, Ont. – Sergei Tolchinski scored a hat trick, including on a shorthanded penalty shot in the third period, as Russia claimed its first gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 2000 with a 7-4 win over the United States on Wednesday night.

The last time the Russians took home the top prize, Ilya Kovalchuk led them to a 2-0 win over Ontario in the gold medal game in Timmins, Ont. The Soviet Union also won one U17 title, winning in 1988 with a team led by future NHLers Pavel Bure and Slava Kozlov.

While Tolchinski was the offensive leader, goaltender Nikita Serebryakov turned in another stellar performance against the Americans, making 45 saves as the Russians were outshot 49-34. In his two wins against the U.S. in Windsor, including a 3-2 preliminary round victory on Friday, Serebryakov turned aside 96 of the 102 shots he faced.

It was the Americans who hit the scoreboard first, as Evan Allen was the beneficiary of hard work by Tyler Kelleher, who drove the net and centered to Allen for a tap-in and the game’s opening goal.

But Tolchinski pulled the Russians even just past the 12-minute mark of the second period, finishing off a shorthanded two-on-one with Ruzal Galeyev, and Valeri Nichushkin put the European side ahead for the first time just 3:03 later, his shot just sneaking past U.S. netminder Hunter Miska.

After Will Butcher tied the game on a U.S. power play, the Russians grabbed the lead for good less than two minutes later when Nikita Cherepanov’s shot from outside the blue line hit an American skate and skipped past Miska for a 3-2 Russian lead through 40 minutes.

Tolchinski made it a two-goal game just 3:20 into the third period on a penalty shot, waiting for Miska to attempt a poke check before snapping a shot over the U.S. netminder’s blocker.

It was a case of déjà vu for the Americans, who gave up a back-breaking penalty shot goal to Ontario’s Mathew Campagna in last year’s gold medal game.

After Russian captain Ivan Barbashev scored the 5-2 goal on a set-up from Nichushkin, J.T. Compher and Anthony Louis pulled the Americans to within one with two minutes remaining, setting up a wild finish.

But Nichushkin scored into an empty net for the final nail in the U.S. coffin, and Tolchinski wrapped up his hat trick with another empty-netter with nine seconds to go to round out the scoring.

Game Information
Game Number 27
Round Gold
Arena WFCU Centre
City, Country Windsor, Ont.
Month / Day / Year 01/04/2012
Time 07:00 PM ET
Attendance 4,192
Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
United States (USA)
1 2 4
Russia (RUS)
3 4 7

First Period
   08:38 USA 40 Evan Allen (63 Tyler Kelleher, 52 Steven Santini)


Second Period

   12:04 RUS 10 Sergei Tolchinski (21 Ruzal Galeyev) SH
   15:07 RUS 27 Valeri Nichushkin (22 Ivan Barbashev, 7 Grigori Dikushin)
   15:41 USA 74 Will Butcher (48 Keaton Thompson, 77 J.T. Compher) PP
   17:36 RUS 24 Nikita Cherepanov 

   03:23 USA 93 Michael McCarron (Slashing)
   10:09 RUS 23 Maxim Mamin (Hooking)
   15:32 RUS 18 Saveli Ilin (Tripping)

Third Period
   03:20 RUS 10 Sergei Tolchinski  SH PS
   08:26 RUS 22 Ivan Barbashev (27 Valeri Nichushkin)
   14:45 USA 77 J.T. Compher (74 Will Butcher, 41 Scott Savage) PP
   17:56 USA 95 Anthony Louis (63 Tyler Kelleher)
   19:43 RUS 27 Valeri Nichushkin  EN
   19:51 RUS 10 Sergei Tolchinski  EN

   01:25 RUS 2 Rushan Rafikov (Interference)
   03:56 RUS 16 Nikita Zadorov (Charging)
   06:08 RUS   (Too Many Men)
   12:51 RUS 16 Nikita Zadorov (Interference)
   18:38 USA 52 Steven Santini (Boarding)
   19:16 RUS 3 Ruslan Trubkin (Interference)

United States
35 Hunter Miska
On 1/00:00
Off 3/19:10
30 Nikita Serebryakov
On 1/00:00
 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
United States
13 20 49
10 13 11 34

Player of the Game
United States
10 Sergei Tolchinski
Russia 51 John Hayden

Seth Ferguson, Fraser Lawrence
Lines People
Dustin McCrank, Adam Harris
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