IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 6-0 Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ – 07 May 2018

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russiaย 6-0ย Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ

World Championship Preliminary Round
Royal Arena, Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Monday, 07 May 2018

Russia retained first place in Group A with its third consecutive shutout win on Monday, blanking Belarus 6-0. The Russians, who won Gold at the PyeongChang Olympics in February, have not conceded a goal so far at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Copenhagen.

It was a convincing win by the biggest former Soviet republic over its neighbouring cousin. This was the eighth all-time Russian victory over Belarus at the Worlds. The two countries tied 2-2 in the inaugural 1999 encounter in Norway, and Belarus shocked host Russia 1-0 at the 2000 Worlds in Saint Petersburg on Vladimir Tsyplakovโ€™s goal. Ever since, the Sbornaya have ruled.

Coach Ilya Vorobyov’s men won both their first two games 7-0, over France and Austria, and now own a 20-0 goal difference. Finland set the modern-day team shutout record with four straight at the 2015 Worlds in the Czech Republic.

“We’re not disappointed that we couldn’t get a seventh goal,” said Russia’s Maxim Shalunov. “We were up against a good team and 6-0 isn’t a bad result.”

In this battle of backup netminders, Igor Shestyorkin got the goose egg in his first World Championship start after playing the final 20 minutes in the 7-0 win over Austria. It was also the first Worlds game ever for Belarusโ€™ Vitali Trus, as Russia outshot Belarus 27-18.

Captain Pavel Datsyuk set the pace with two goals and an assist. Ilya Kablukov had a goal and an assist. Shalunov, Maxim Mamin, and Kirill Kaprizov also scored for Russia. Yevgeni Dadonov and Alexander Barabanov added a pair of assists apiece.

“Datsyuk is just a hockey phenomenon,” said Shalunov. “I think he’s still taking it easy here. He’s a great guy. It’s pretty special to be on a team with someone like that.”

Belarus, now winless through three games, stayed within a goal through 20 minutes, but the tidal wave of Russian offence was too strong to withstand indefinitely. The result was never truly in doubt.

“From game to game we’ve been trying to cut out the silly mistakes and we need to keep on with that,” said Datsyuk. “I thought we had fewer errors today but the main thing was getting the result.”

Datsyuk kicked off the onslaught with his first goal of these Worlds at 5:27, collecting Yevgeni Dadonovโ€™s feed by the Belarusian netminderโ€™s left post and then heading around the net to execute a backhanded wraparound at the other post.

The Russian captain nearly had his second goal when he rang one off the post during his teamโ€™s opening power play midway through the first period. With about three minutes left in the first, he set up Kaprizov, who put the puck off the cross bar. The play was video-reviewed, but the puck hadnโ€™t crossed the goal line.

Belarus came within a hairโ€™s-breadth of equalizing in the final minute of the first when Yegor Sharangovich hit the iron and Shestyorkin got across to stop Pavel Vorobeiโ€™s blast on the rebound. But thatโ€™s as good as it would get for coach Dave Lewis’ team.

Russia went up 2-0 at 5:55 of the second period. Barabanov grabbed the puck behind the Belarusian goal line and pivoted to find Shalunov right in front, and he made no mistake.

“Barabanov did everything for my goal,” said Shalunov. “He set me up with an empty net.”

At 9:25, it was 3-0 Russia. Barabanov controlled the puck behind the net and cut out front with a short pass to Kablukov, who backhanded the puck past Trusโ€™ glove.

With 34 seconds left in the middle frame, Datsyuk added his second goal on the power play. The Russians made the puck dance all over the offensive zone against a very passive Belarusian penalty kill before the newest IIHF Triple Gold Club member beat Trus high to the stick side.

“There were a few positives,” said Belarus coach Dave Lewis. “I liked that the guys kept working. They were down. The Russians spent a lot of time in our zone, but our players kept giving their all. Sometimes you just can’t ask for more than that. The Russians are incredibly skilled and quick. They know how to play with the puck. Every line can conjure a goal.”

In the third period, Mamin added the fifth Russian goal on a sweet tip from the high slot at 5:16, as he caught a piece of Nikita Zaitsev’s shot from the blue line. At 7:37, Kaprizov made it 6-0 on the rush with his team-leading fourth goal, coming down the left side and sniping home a high one.

“It’s good that we got another shut-out and kept scoring goals,” said Kaprizov.

Belarus got a chance to spoil Shestyorkin’s shutout with a late third-period power play, but had no luck. The Belarusians face Switzerland on Wednesday as their fight to avoid relegation continues.

The Russians get a couple of days off before facing what will likely be a stiffer test against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

“Now we have a couple of days off, I’d like to see a bit of the city,” said Datsyuk. “It’s more than 20 years since I was last here.”

1st Period
05:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Datsyuk (Dadonov)
10:49 – ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พย PEN – Falkovski, holding

2nd Period
25:55 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Shalunov (Barabanov, Kablukov)
29:25 –
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kablukov (Barabanov, Tryamkin)
38:30 – ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พย PEN – Denisov, tripping
39:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Datsyuk (Khafizullin, Shalunov)

3rd Period
45:16 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Mamin (Zaitsev)
47:37 –
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kaprizov (Datsyuk, Dadonov)
52:49 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Khafizullin, holding

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Shestyorkin (18-18)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Trus (21-27)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 12+10+5 = 27
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ 4+6+8 = 18

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Vasili Koshechkin, Igor Shestyorkin.ย Defence: Vladislav Gavrikov, Dinar Khafizullin, Bogdan Kiselevich, Nikita Nesterov, Niktia Tryamkin, Yegor Yakovlev, Nikita Zaitsev. Forwards: Sergei Andronov (A), Artyom Anisimov, Alexander Barabanov, Pavel Buchnevich, Yevgeni Dadonov (A), Pavel Datsyuk (C), Mikhail Grigorenko, Ilya Kablukov, Kirill Kaprizov, Maxim Mamin, Ilya Mikheyev, Maxim Shalunov.
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Goaltenders: Mikhail Karnuakhov, Vitali Trus.ย Defence: Vladimir Denisov, Roman Dyukov, Stepan Falkovski, Kristian Khenkel, Dmitri Korobov (A), Yevgeni Lisovets, Nikita Ustinenko, Pavel Vorobei.ย Forwards: Artyom Demkov, Sergei Drozd, Artur Gavrus, Alexander Kitarov (A), Yevgeni Kovyrshin, Charles Linglet, Alexander Materukhin, Alexander Pavlovich (C), Geoff Platt, Pavel Razvadovski, Yegor Sharangovich, Maxim Sushko.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C) vs. BELARUS ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
current champion
(since 04 May 2018)
Last Title 17 Dec 2016
446 All-Time Wins
5 wins Head-To-Head
1 win
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. BLR)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 4-1 BLRย ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ โ€“ 18 Feb 1998 โ€“ OG โ€“ Nagano ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. BLR)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พย BLR 6-4 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 02 Apr 2011 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Smolensk ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 7-0 AUT ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 06 May 2018 โ€“ WC โ€“ Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย CZE 4-3 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (OT) โ€“ 10 May 2018 โ€“ WC โ€“ Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Article Credit:ย IIHF Worlds 2018
Photo Credit: IIHF Worlds 2018ย 



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