IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 5-1 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 20 Dec 2020

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 5-1 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Channel One Cup
CSKA Arena, Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Sunday, 20 December 2020

In Moscow, the senior Russian national team produced a clinical performance against Finland in the concluding match of the Channel One Cup, earning a 5-1 victory to consequently win the second stage of the 2020-21 Euro Hockey Tour with a perfect record.

The two teams made an energetic start inside the Legends Park. Protecting the majority of possession, the Russians were probing for shooting lanes in the Finnish zone, while the visitors were proving to be very dangerous on the counter. Nevertheless, Russiaโ€™s pressure did result in an opening goal in the 14th minute, as Vadim Shipachyov lashed Yegor Yakovlevโ€™s pinpoint pass beyond Jussi Olkinuora from the right of the crease with Finland on a delayed penalty.

The Finns responded well to that setback. During the closing stages of the frame, the away team pressed with intent in the Russian zone, with Alexander Samonov pulling off several important saves. HC Sochi forward Jere Karjalainen was particularly threatening with his tenacious play around Samonovโ€™s net.

The manner of the game continued in the second period. However, as Finland committed more bodies to attack, space appeared at the back and Dmitri Voronkov doubled Russiaโ€™s money on the counter as he successfully connected with Maxim Maminโ€™s accurate feed.

Moments later, the away team did bundle the puck under Samonov at point-blank range, but it was disallowed for goaltender interference after Russian head coach Valeri Bragin had challenged the marker.

Russia subsequently improved in attack and promptly made it three with 29 minutes on the clock. Playing with real confidence, 20-year-old forward Voronkov was the Russian hero for the second time in the stanza, as he cut sharply to the slot and wristed the puck past the forlorn Olkinuora at the second attempt.

Everything seemed to be going Russiaโ€™s way, but with the period approaching its climax, Harri Pesonen gleefully pounced on a poor defensive error to get Finland on the board when clean through.

Finland predictably laid siege to the Russian goal throughout the third period. Requiring goals, the visitors tested Samonov from all angles possible, with our players having to soak up heavy pressure. The Russians stood firm to the challenge, however, and Pavel Karnaukhov effectively iced it in the penultimate minute shorthanded as he hit the empty net after Olkinuora had been pulled for the extra skater.

In the dying seconds, Andrei Kuzmenko then added a fifth for good measure as he deceived Olkinuora when completing a flowing play on the crease, in turn securing a memorable 5-1 triumph!

1st Period
13:06 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ EA GOAL – Shipachyov (Yakovlev)

2nd Period
23:13 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Voronkov (Mamin)
28:23 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Voronkov (Tolchinski, Karnaukhov)
36:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ GOAL – Pesonen

3rd Period
47:15 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Ruohomaa, delay of game
51:56 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ PEN – Junttila, cross checking
56:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Korshkov, slashing
58:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ EN SH GOAL – Karnaukhov
59:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Kuzmenko (Soshnikov, Galenyuk)

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Samonov (18-19)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Olkinuora (17-21)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย 12+5+5 = 22
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย 8+6+5 = 19

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Ivan Fedotov, Alexander Samonov. Defence: Viktor Antipin, Danila Galenyuk, Alexander Kadeikin, Nikita Lyamkin, Alexei Marchenko (A), Rushan Rafikov, Dmitri Samorukov, Yegor Yakovlev (A). Forwards: Andrei Chibisov, Pavel Karnaukhov, Yegor Korshkov, Andrei Kuzmenko, Maxim Mamin, Kirill Marchenko, Ivan Morozov, Vadim Shipachyov (C), Nikita Soshnikov, Sergei Tolchinski, Dmitri Voronkov, Denis Zernov.
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Goaltenders: Janne Juvonen, Jussi Olkinuora. Defence: Niklas Friman, Oliwer Kaski, Petteri Nikkilรค, Ville Pokka (A), Otso Rantakari, Robin Salo, Tony Sund, Veli-Matti Vittasmรคki. Forwards: Arttu Ilomรคki, Julius Junttila, Jere Karjalainen, Robert Leino, Julius Nรคttinen, Niko Ojamรคki, Otto Paajanen, Harri Pesonen (C), Juuso Puustinen, Mikael Ruohomaa, Teemu Turunen, Juhani Tyrvรคinen (A).

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C)
vs. FINLAND ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
current champion
(since 08 Nov 2020)
Last Title 08 Feb 2020
465 All-Time Wins
74 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 4 ties)
16 wins
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 8-3 FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย โ€“ 08 Feb 1957 โ€“ EX โ€“ Tampereย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FIN)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 3-0 RUSย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย โ€“ 06 Feb 2020 โ€“ BHG โ€“ Helsinkiย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 4-1 CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 19 Dec 2020 โ€“ COC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 3-2 FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย โ€“ 11 Feb 2021 โ€“ BHG โ€“ Malmรถย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Article Credit: FHR



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