RUSSIANS SCORE FOUR IN THIRD TO BEAT U.S., RETURN TO U17 GOLD MEDAL GAME
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Yevgeni Svechnikov scored twice, including the clincher into an empty net, as Russia booked a return trip to the gold medal game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 6-4 win over the United States on Thursday night.
The Russians will face Sweden in Friday night’s gold medal game at the Colisée (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN2), one win away from becoming the first team since Ontario in 2008 and 2009 to win back-to-back U17 gold medals.
Radel Fazleyev added two goals of his own, both coming in the decisive third period when the Russians turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead with three goals in the first 5:17 of the final frame.
Ivan Nikolishin and Maxim Lazarev also scored, while Lazarev and Eduard Nasybullin added two assists each for Russia, which beat a group winner in the semifinals for the second year in a row.
Chris Wilkie scored the first two goals of the game for the U.S., which missed out on the gold medal game for the first time since 2009 – it had won a gold (2010) and two silver (2011, 2012) in the last three tournaments.
Austin Poganski and Jack Glover has the other American goals.
It is the second year in a row the Russians have beaten the U.S. in the medal round; last year in Windsor, Ont., Russia knocked off the Americans 7-4 to win its first gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 2000.
The U.S. will face Quebec in the bronze medal game on Friday afternoon in Drummondville (3 p.m. ET).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||25
|Date||Thurs. Jan. 3, 2013
||Time/Heure||07:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
02:14 USA 51 Chris Wilkie (56 Dominic Turgeon, 45 Louis Belpedio) PP
16:22 USA 51 Chris Wilkie (48 Sonny Milano, 37 Alex Tuch)
16:35 RUS 7 Yevgeni Svechnikov (18 Eduard Nasybullin)
01:18 RUS 17 Nikita Yazkov (Inter. on Goaltender)
04:14 RUS 5 Yegor Orlov (Holding)
07:12 USA 53 Joshua Wesley (Hooking)
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
15:27 RUS 11 Ivan Nikolishin (10 Ilya Zinoviev)
18:56 USA 57 Austin Poganski (44 Ryan Bliss, 47 Ryan Hitchcock) PP
17:59 RUS 23 Maxim Lazarev (Slashing)
19:33 USA 38 Anders Bjork (Hooking)
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
00:45 RUS 19 Radel Fazleyev (5 Yegor Orlov, 23 Maxim Lazarev) PP
04:42 RUS 23 Maxim Lazarev (18 Eduard Nasybullin, 11 Ivan Nikolishin) PP
05:17 RUS 19 Radel Fazleyev (23 Maxim Lazarev, 17 Nikita Yazkov)
07:51 USA 49 Jack Glover (41 Nathan Billitier, 48 Sonny Milano) PP
19:34 RUS 7 Yevgeni Svechnikov EN
03:17 USA 49 Jack Glover (Interference)
04:21 USA 53 Joshua Wesley (Closing Hand on Puck)
06:08 RUS 28 Alexander Mikulovich (Hooking)
13:40 RUS 5 Yegor Orlov (Holding)
15:35 RUS 18 Eduard Nasybullin (Boarding)
20:00 USA 51 Chris Wilkie (Slashing)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
||1 Maxim Sidorov||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|USA||34 Chris Birdsall||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
||19 Radel Fazleyev|
|USA||57 Austin Poganski