It was one of those nights when everything went well for one team – Russia – and nothing went well for the other – Canada. The result was a well-earned 6-0 pasting by the former over the latter.
Amir Miftakhov stopped 28 mostly routine stops for the win, while Canada’s result was its worst ever in World Junior Championship history. The score also creates a unique situation in the Group B standings with all five teams having 1-1 records and three points right now.
“We played unbelievably well,” said winning defenceman Yegor Zamula. “Everyone played hard, and Canada didn’t play very well. We dominated, scored some nice goals, and played well defensively.”
“After losing to the Czechs, we knew it was only one game,” said Alexander Khovanov, who had a goal and an assist. “It was only the first game, so we just got ready for today. We played great tonight.”
“They played a great game,” acknowledged Canadian captain Barrett Hayton. “Obviously we’re disappointed in our performance, but we have to give them kudos. We weren’t good enough. We got behind early again tonight, and it’s tough to come back. We have to be better, and we will be.”
The Russians started with pressure and were rewarded almost immediately. Khovanov scored just 1:44 into the game thanks to a bad gaffe from Daws. He blocked Khovanov’s long shot awkwardly, and the puck bounced over his head and into the goal.
That was the kind of night it was going to be. The Russians went ahead 2-0 at 10:14 when Pavel Dorofeyev got the puck alone in front of Daws, deked the goalie with a quick move, and lifted the puck in.
Three and a half minutes later, they struck for a third time. Again Daws failed to control a high shot, and Nikita Rtishev got to the rebound first.
The second period was more of the same, starting with an early shift by Alexis Lafrenière. He had a great scoring chance, but in the process twisted his left knee and lay in pain on the ice for several minutes. He left under help and did not return.
A minute later, the Russians made it 4-0 thanks to another close-in deke, this by Nikita Alexandrov. That spelled the end for Daws, but his replacement, Joel Hofer, didn’t fare much better. He allowed his first goal at 13:09 thanks to a fortuitous tip in front by Yegor Sokolov, and three minutes later Grigori Denisenko wired a shot from the slot that beat Hofer cleanly.
Canada fought gamely to break Miftakhov’s shutout, but the bounces just weren’t there tonight. For Russia, it was a game to build on; for Canada, a game to forget.
01:44 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Khovanov
10:14 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Dorofeyev (Alexandrov, Zhuravlyov)
11:21 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Veleno, interference
13:43 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Rtishev (Pylenkov, Kruglov)
14:28 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Daws, tripping
15:39 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Bernard-Docker, holding
19:50 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Voronkov, roughing
22:18 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Alexandrov (Voronkov)
29:35 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Podkolzin, tripping
33:09 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Sokolov (Zamula, Denisenko)
36:24 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Denisenko (Khovanov)
39:55 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Veleno, tripping
59:43 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Sokolov, checking to the head minor + 10 min. misconduct
W: 🇷🇺 Miftakhov (28-28)
L: 🇨🇦 Daws (14-18), Hofer (20-22)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇷🇺 17+9+14 = 40
🇨🇦 9+14+5 = 28
🇷🇺 Goaltenders: Yaroslav Askarov, Amir Miftakhov. Defence: Danila Galenyuk, Anton Malyshev, Danil Misyul, Danil Pylenkov, Alexander Romanov (A), Yegor Zamula, Danil Zhuravlyov. Forwards: Nikita Alexandrov, Grigori Denisenko (C), Pavel Dorofeyev, Maxim Groshev, Alexander Khovanov, Ilya Kruglov, Kirill Marchenko, Ivan Morozov, Vasili Podkolzin (A), Nikita Rtishev, Yegor Sokolov, Maxim Sorkin, Dmitri Voronkov.
🇨🇦 Goaltenders: Nico Daws, Joel Hofer. Defence: Calen Addison, Kevin Bahl, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Bowen Byram, Jamie Drysdale, Jared McIsaac, Ty Smith. Forwards: Quinton Byfield, Dylan Cozens, Ty Dellandrea (A), Aidan Dudas, Nolan Foote, Liam Foudy, Barrett Hayton (C), Alexis Lafrenière, Raphaël Lavoie, Connor McMichael, Dawson Mercer, Akil Thomas, Joe Veleno (A).
||vs.||CANADA (C) 🇨🇦
(previous 04 Nov 2016)
|Last Title||reign ends
(since 26 Dec 2019)
(+ 2 ties, 1 void)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 URS 4-3 CAN 🇨🇦 – 05 Jan 1975 – WJT – Winnipeg 🇨🇦
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 RUS 3-2 CAN 🇨🇦 (SO) – 05 Aug 2015 – NJC – Calgary 🇨🇦
|Last IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 6-4 USA 🇺🇸 – 26 Dec 2019 – WJC – Ostrava 🇨🇿
|Next IHLC Game
🇺🇸 USA 3-1 RUS 🇷🇺 – 29 Dec 2019 – WJC – Ostrava 🇨🇿