In Moscow, the senior Russian national team took on the Czech Republic in the second match of the 2018 Channel One Cup.
Head coach Ilya Vorobyov made a handful of changes, notably giving HC Ak Bars Kazan defenceman Andrei Pedan a chance in the fourth line. Ilya Sorokin kept his place in net while Dominik Furch started between the pipes for the Czech Republic.
Both teams came flying out of the blocks inside a sold-out Legends Park. On the power play, defenceman Vasily Tokranov blasted a heavy one timer beyond Dominik Furch, but moments later, Dominik Kubalik tipped Ondrej Nemec’s slap shot into the net. Nevertheless, with yet another man’s advantage, Nikolai Prokhorkin thumped a strong effort in from the right faceoff circle to promptly hand Russia a second lead. Losing their discipline, the Czechs contrived to gift our team a 5 on 3 power play late in the frame, however excellent goalkeeping kept the difference at one.
Russia pulled away in the second period with a wonderful display of attacking strength. Three minutes into the frame, Andrei Loktionov caught Dominik Furch cold with a sharp attempt directly off a faceoff draw, before Kirill Kaprizov jammed the puck over the line at point blank range. The referees reviewed Kirill’s goal for 10 minutes on video, but after studying the evidence, they eventually ruled it a good goal. Tricky, talented forward Andrei Kuzmenko then registered a superb fifth with a flashy individual effort.
Andrei Kuzmenko wasn’t finished there either. Early in the third, the SKA Saint Petersburg representative took aim from the doorstep, wristing over the shoulder of Simon Hrubec who had replaced Dominik Furch in the break. Shorthanded, Dominik Kubalik got one back for the Czechs, but Andrei Loktionov rounded things off on the powerplay with his second and Russia’s seventh! Russia defeat the Czech Republic 7-2 and will now travel to Saint Petersburg to play Finland on Sunday.
02:18 – PEN – team, too many players
04:16 – PP GOAL – Tokranov (Plotnikov, Gusev)
05:08 – GOAL – Kubalík (Němec)
07:11 – PEN – Roman, tripping
07:48 – PP GOAL – Prokhorkin (Plotnikov, Gusev)
08:38 – PEN – Kindl, checking to the head minor + 10 min. misconduct
12:41 – PEN – Pedan, slashing
17:27 – PEN – Zámorský, tripping
18:36 – PEN – Kundrátek, delay of game
23:40 – GOAL – Loktionov (Grigorenko)
25:04 – PEN – Nesterov, delay of game
26:17 – PEN – team, too many players
28:59 – PEN – Pavlík, slashing
32:09 – GOAL – Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Nesterov)
37:07 – GOAL – Kuzmenko (Kablukov)
42:27 – GOAL – Kuzmenko
45:23 – PEN – Prokhorkin, boarding minor + 10 min. misconduct
52:16 – PEN – Musil, checking to the head minor + 10 min. misconduct
53:02 – SH GOAL – Kubalík
55:14 – PEN – Nesterov, high sticking
56:00 – PEN – Bulíř, hooking
56:06 – PP GOAL – Loktionov (Tokranov, Gusev)
W: Sorokin (16-18)
L: Furch (17-22), Hrubec (10-12)
SHOTS ON GOAL
11+11+12 = 34
6+1+11 = 18
Goaltenders: Igor Shestyorkin, Ilya Sorokin. Defence: Viktor Antipin, Artyom Blazhiyevski, Vladislav Gavrikov, Nikita Nesterov, Andrei Pedan, Vasili Tokranov, Alexei Vasilevski, Alexander Yelesin. Forwards: Sergei Andronov (A), Alexander Barabanov, Nikita Gusev, Mikhail Grigorenko, Ilya Kablukov, Alexander Kadeykin, Kirill Kaprizov, Yevgeni Ketov (C), Andrei Kuzmenko, Andrei Loktionov, Sergei Plotnikov (A), Nikolai Prokhorkin, Maxim Shalunov.
Goaltenders: Dominik Furch, Šimon Hrubec. Defence, Michal Jordán (A), Jakub Kindl, Tomáš Kundrátek, David Musil, Ondřej Němec (A), Filip Pavlík, Adam Polášek, Petr Zámorský. Forwards: Ondřej Beránek, Michal Bulíř, Robin Hanzl, Dominik Kubalík, Radan Lenc, Andrej Nestrašil, Jiří Novotný (C), Ondřej Roman, Jiří Sekáč, David Tomášek, Patrik Zdráhal, Hynek Zohorna, Radim Zohorna.
|Last Title||reign ends
(+ 20 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (CZE vs. RUS)
URS 4-0 TCH – 02/27/1955 – WC – Krefeld
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CZE vs. RUS)
CZE 5-2 RUS – 11/11/2018 – KT – Helsinki
|Last IHLC Game
CZE 4-3 FIN (SO) – 12/13/2018 – COC – Moscow
|Next IHLC Game
RUS 5-0 FIN – 12/16/2018 – COC – Saint Petersburg