IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 5-0 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ – 16 Dec 2018

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russiaย 5-0ย Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Channel One Cup
Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Sunday, 16 December 2018

In Saint Petersburg, the senior Russian national team took on Finland in the concluding match of the 2018 Channel One Cup match, with the Hockey Classic game taking place at the large Gazprom Arena.

Head coach Ilya Vorobyov included Nikita Nesterov, Artyom Blazhievskiy, Mikhail Grigorenko, Andrei Loktionov and Kirill Kaprizov in the first line, while Igor Shestyorkin was given a start between the pipes, Joni Ortio was the goalkeeper for Finland.

There was a celebratory atmosphere inside the packed Gazprom Arena, but in the opening stages, it was Finland playing with the initiative. After an early power play, the visitors continued to press the Russians, creating plenty of promising opportunities. Igor Shestyorkin was much the busier goalkeeper, but with the frame entering its final minute, Russia opened the scoring with their first chance of note. Young forward Kirill Kaprizov was the hero, collecting the loose puck and whipping it beyond the stricken Joni Ortio.

Russia improved greatly in the second period. On the power play, SKA Saint Petersburg defenceman Vasily Tokranov struck gold with a superb slap shot, before Nikita Nesterov repeated the trick four minutes later with another Finnish player sitting in the penalty box. Completely in control of proceedings, our players registered 10 shots on goal in the frame compared to Finlandโ€™s three, and Vladislav Gavrikov increased the lead to four when connecting with Alexander Barabanovโ€™s intelligent pass on the left faceoff circle.

With the outcome of the game practically sealed, the tempo naturally dropped in final set of 20 minutes. The visiting Finns attempted to create intrigue, but every time when they were presented with an ideal opportunity in the Russian zone, Igor Shestyorkin refused to let them get on the board. Mikhail Grigorenko grabbed his goal from the slot in the closing stages, in turn completing a resounding 5-0 victory against Finland at the Gazprom Arena.

As a result of this 5-0 win, Russia have claimed the 2018 Channel One Cup with three victories in as many matches.

1st Period
00:31 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Tokranov, slashing
09:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Hakulinen, holding
19:02 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Yelesin)

2nd Period
25:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – team, too many players
25:28 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Tokranov (Gusev, Plotnikov)
28:43 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Ojamรคki, slashing
29:21 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Nesterov (Kuzmenko, Shalunov)
30:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Gavrikov (Barabanov, Tokranov)
30:20 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Pedan, tripping
37:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย PEN – Hakanpรครค, holding

3rd Period
50:12 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Plotnikov, hooking
54:39 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Grigorenko (Shalunov, Blazhiyevski)

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Shestyorkin (24-24)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Ortio (32-37)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 10+16+11 = 37
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 10+6+8 = 24

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Igor Bobkov, 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.
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Goaltenders: Joni Ortio, Rasmus Tirronen. Defence:ย Niklas Friman, Jani Hakanpรครค, Juuso Hietanen (C), Jyrki Jokipakka, Casimir Jรผrgens, Otto Leskinen, Petteri Lindbohm, Juuso Vainio, Jesse Virtanen.ย Forwards: Andrei Hakulinen, Julius Junttila, Antti Kalapudas, Jani Lajunen (A), Eetu Luostarinen, Niko Ojamรคki, Mika Partanen, Jukka Peltola (A), Juuso Puustinen, Toni Rajala, Jere Sallinen, Teemu Turunen.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C) vs. FINLAND ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
current champion
15 Dec 2018)
Last Title 18 Feb 2018
449 All-Time Wins
71 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 4 ties)
13 wins
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 8-3 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 08 Feb 1957 โ€“ EX โ€“ Tampere ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 3-1 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 21 May 2016 โ€“ WC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 7-2 CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 15 Dec 2018 โ€“ COC โ€“ Moscowย  ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 3-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย (SO) โ€“ 07 Feb 2019 โ€“ BHG โ€“ Yaroslavl ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

Article Credit: FHR



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