2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #2
Final
November 1, 2015 4:30 pm MST
North Peace Arena
Fort St. John, B.C.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
11
9
28
9
14
12
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 5
24
1 / 7
20

Game Story

ZHUKOV SHUTS DOOR, RUSSIA BEATS SWEDEN IN U17 OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Maxim Zhukov was the difference, finishing with 33 saves as Russia opened the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-2 win over Sweden on Sunday afternoon.

The Russians earned the first three points despite being outshot in all three periods, and 35-28 overall.

Mark Rubinchik, Kirill Slepets and Ivan Chekhovich did the offensive damage for Russia, scoring once and adding an assist each. Igor Zenchikov and Aleksander Osin did the rest of the scoring.

Erik Brännström and Timothy Liljegren were the goal-scorers for Sweden.

It was the Swedes who jumped out to an early lead – Brännström’s point shot on the power play found its way through traffic and past Zhukov at 5:08 – but Zenchikov replied on a Russian man advantage just over two minutes later, knocking a rebound past Swedish netminder Olle Erikkson Ek.

Russia’s first lead came 10 minutes after Zenchikov’s goal; Slepets did the hard work, driving to the Swedish net, and Osin trailed behind to tap-in the go-ahead goal after an Eriksson Ek poke check.

The Swedes came out firing in the second period, leading to the tying goal at 4:02 when Liljegren took the puck end-to-end before snapping a shot to the far side past the blocker of Zhukov.

But that would be the last puck to beat the Russian goaltender.

Rubinchik gave Russia the lead for good on the power play at 12:19, picking the top corner over Eriksson Ek’s blocker, and Slepets parked himself at the top of the Swedish crease to bang in a rebound four minutes after that, giving the defending gold medallists some breathing room.

Despite holding a 12-9 advantage in shots in the third period, the Swedes could get no closer than two goals, and Chekhovich found the empty net with 57 seconds left to round out the scoring.

Both teams are back on the ice Monday at North Peace Arena; the Russians are up first, taking on Finland (2:30 p.m. MT), while the Swedes go up against Canada Red in the night-cap (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksander Alexeev
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
02:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Andrei Svechnikov
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
04:39
GOAL
Goal: Erik Brännström (power play)

Assists: Fabian Zetterlund
05:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Jesper Emanuelsson
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
06:45
GOAL
Goal: Igor Zenchikov (power play)

Assists: Aleksander Alexeev, Pavel Demin
07:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikolai Kovalenko
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
08:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Max Wennlund
(auto) Head Contact misconduct (10:00)
14:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Max Wennlund (Served by Erik Aterius)
(auto) Head Contact minor (2:00)
14:05
GOAL
Goal: Aleksander Osin

Assists: Kirill Slepets
17:44
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Timothy Liljegren

04:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Filip Sveningsson
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
06:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Karl Markström
Tripping minor (2:00)
11:59
GOAL
Goal: Mark Rubinchik (power play)

Assists: Mikhail Bitsadze, Klim Kostin
12:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Samorukov (Served by Alexey Statsenko)
(auto) Head Contact minor (2:00)
13:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Samorukov
(auto) Head Contact misconduct (10:00)
13:30
GOAL
Goal: Kirill Slepets

Assists: Ivan Chekhovich, Aleksander Alexeev
16:19
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikhail Bitsadze
Slashing minor (2:00)
02:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Erik Aterius
Roughing minor (2:00)
06:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Ivan Chekhovich
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
06:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Vladislav Kazamanov
Tripping minor (2:00)
16:55
GOAL
Goal: Ivan Chekhovich

Assists: Mark Rubinchik
19:03
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Olle Eriksson Ek

19:03

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Maxim Zhukov RUS 60 35 33 2 0.943
Olle Eriksson Ek SWE 58 27 23 4 0.852

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 6 L vs. Canada WhiteWHT
Nov 7, 2015
3 - 0 W @ Canada RedRED
Nov 7, 2015
3 - 2 W @ Canada RedRED
Nov 6, 2015
1 - 2 L @ Canada WhiteWHT
Nov 6, 2015
6 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 5, 2015
5 - 4 W @ United StatesUSA
Nov 5, 2015
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