2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #18
Semifinal
Final
November 9, 2018 3:00 pm AST
Harbour Station
Saint John, N.B.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
2
4
1
4
1
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
11
12
31
9
13
8
30

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
12
1 / 5
6

Game Story

RUSSIANS USE BIG SECOND PERIOD TO ADVANCE TO U17 FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Vasili Ponomaryov had two goals and two assists, Daniil Gushchin added two goals and a helper and Russia moved into the gold medal game at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 6-4 win over Sweden on Friday afternoon.

The Russians, in search of their fourth U17 gold, will face either Canada Red or Finland in the final Saturday night (7:30 p.m. AT, TSN).

The game was a polar opposite of the teams’ preliminary-round meeting on Tuesday, a 3-0 win for Russia that was much more of a defensive struggle than the goal-fest at Harbour Station.

Russia opened the scoring just shy of the six-minute mark on a pinballing shot from the point that was first redirected by Marat Khusnutdinov before hitting a Swedish skate and eluding goaltender Jesper Wallstedt.

The Swedes got even in the dying seconds of the opening period thanks to Erik Hedlund, who took advantage of a fortuitous bounce and snuck a shot under the arm of Russian netminder Yaroslav Askarov from a sharp angle.

The goal ended Askarov’s shutout streak at 153 minutes and 32 seconds, a run that included blanking the Swedes in the prelims.

It was all Russia early in the second period, with three goals in less than four minutes putting it in control.

Alexandr Pashin restored the advantage with a power-play goal at the four-minute mark, tucking a wraparound past Walllstedt, Gushchin went bar-down off a juicy rebound into the slot at 5:48 and Ponomaryov got his first 56 seconds after that on another second chance.

Alexander Holtz quickly got one back for the Swedes, tapping in a loose puck after Lucas Raymond hit the post, but Gushchin danced around Wallstedt at 11:38 to send Russia to the intermission up 5-2.

The Swedes pushed in the third period, directing 12 shots at Askarov, but got no closer than two.

Anton Johannesson made it a 5-3 game with just under four minutes left, but Gushchin set up Ponomaryov for an empty-net goal with 1:04 to secure the win.

Axel Kumlin finished the scoring for the Swedes with 15 seconds left, snapping a quick shot past Askarov off the face-off.

The Swedes will play for bronze against the loser of the Red-Finland semifinal on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. AT, TSN).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Marat Khusnutdinov

Assists: Daniil Chayka, Daniil Gushchin
05:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Kirill Vashchilin
Tripping (2:00)
15:17
GOAL
Goal: Erik Hedlund

Assists: Anton Johannesson, Emil Andrae
19:48
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mateusz Szurowski
Hooking (2:00)
02:14
GOAL
Goal: Alexandr Pashin (power play)

Assists: Vasili Ponomaryov
04:00
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gushchin

Assists: Pavel Tyutnev, Ivan Didkovski
05:48
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Ponomaryov

Assists: Alexandr Pashin
06:44
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Holtz

Assists: Lucas Raymond, Hugo Styf
07:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Erik Hedlund
Holding (2:00)
09:31
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gushchin

Assists: Vasili Ponomaryov, Iliya Rychkov
11:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Emil Andrae
Interference (2:00)
16:23
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Axel Kumlin
Holding (2:00)
01:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Johannesson
Hooking (2:00)
10:51
GOAL
Goal: Anton Johannesson

Assists: Alexander Holtz
16:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniil Gushchin
Hooking (2:00)
16:33
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Vasili Ponomaryov

Assists: Alexandr Pashin
18:56
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jesper Wallstedt

18:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexander Holtz
Roughing (2:00)
19:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniil Khristanov
Roughing (2:00)
19:42
GOAL
Goal: Axel Kumlin

Assists: Daniel Ljungman
19:45

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Jesper Wallstedt SWE 57 29 24 5 0.828
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 31 27 4 0.871

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 2 - Points 4
G 2 - A 2 - P 4
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3

Previous Games

4 - 3 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 10, 2018
2 - 1 W vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 10, 2018
4 - 6 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 9, 2018
6 - 4 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 9, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 8, 2018
5 - 0 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Nov 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.