IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 1-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 23 Dec 2020

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada 1-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Exhibition Game
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Jamie Drysdale broke open a scoreless game at 3:52 of the third period as Canada defeated Russia 1-0 on Wesneday night in their only pre-competition match ahead of the 2021 IIHF World Juniors.

The win for Canada may have come at a price. Team captain Kirby Dach was injured shortly after Drysdale’s goal.

Dach went in to check Ilya Safonov in the neutral zone. Upon completing the check, Dach grabbed his right arm. He took the glove off the arm and skated off to the dressing room.

He did not finish the game, and there was no immediate update on his status.

Canada was playing in their first competitive game since opening up training camp 37 days ago. The coronavirus pandemic resulted in positive cases forced the cancellation of all planned warm-up games, along with a reduction in practices in Red Deer, Alberta, before moving into the Edmonton bubble, the host city for the 2021 IIHF World Juniors competition.

Five players on Team Canada suited up in a league game this season, while the entire Russian roster has suited up for competitive games.

Devon Levi got the nod in goal for Canada. He is just the fourth-ever NCAA goaltender to start for Canada at a World Juniors competition.

Yaroslav Askarov played the first 40 minutes for Russia and made 22 saves. He is the highest-ranked Russian goaltender to be selected in an NHL Draft, 11th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2020.

It was a rematch of the 2020 World Juniors in where Canada defeated Russia to win the Gold medal in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Canada was under pressure early when Dylan Holloway took a holding penalty just 57 seconds into the game. The team successfully killed it off with Russia not mustering much of an attack.

Canada’s best chance to score in the opening frame came at the 8:03 mark. Jakob Pelletier beat Askarov with a shot over his right arm only to have it hit the crossbar. Pelletier collected his rebound but Askarov was able to make the save and froze play.

Askarov was tested often but made several difficult saves to keep the Russians in the game. Apart from the scoring chances, it was a fairly even tilt between both teams.

The Russians came out flying to start the second period. Yegor Afanasiev had a chance in the slot but hit the far post on his shot attempt.

Canada went on their third power play of the game and registered a decent scoring chance when Peyton Krebs fired a quick shot from the slot, but Askarov shut the door. A marked improvement over the last two attempts where Canada recorded no shots on goal.

Russia picked up a late breakaway opportunity toward the end of the second period but Levi made the save for Canada to keep things even.

Russia switched goaltenders to start the third period. Artur Akhtyamov, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fourth-round pick from 2020, took the net to start the third period.

Drysdale broke the deadlock when the Canadian took advantage of a line change by getting set up along the right side, and his shot from along the boards went over the blocker of Akhtyamov and into the top corner of the net.

1st Period
00:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Holloway, holding
10:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Byram, slashing
10:44 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Amirov, interference
17:07 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Khusnutdinov, tripping

2nd Period
30:13 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Shekhovtsov, cross checking

3rd Period
41:02 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Quinn, hooking
43:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Drysdale (Perfetti, Byram)

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Levi (23-23)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Askarov (22-22), Akhtyamov (6-7)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+13+7 = 29
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 11+6+6 = 23

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Dylan Garand, Devon Levi. Defence: Justin Barron, Bowen Byram (A), Jamie Drysdale, Kaiden Guhle, Thomas Harley, Kaedan Korczak, Braden Schneider, Jordan Spence. Forwards: Quinton Byfield, Dylan Cozens (A), Kirby Dach (C), Dylan Holloway, Petyon Krebs, Connor McMichael, Dawson Mercer, Alex Newhook, Jakob Pelletier, Cole Perfetti, Jack Quinn, Ryan Suzuki, Connor Zary.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Artur Akhtyamov, Yaroslav Askarov. Defence: Roman Bychkov, Danil Chaika, Semyon Chistyakov (A), Kirill Kirsanov, Artemi Knyazev, Yan Kuznetsov, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Yegor Shekhovtsov. Forwards: Mikhail Abramov, Yegor Afanasiev, Rodion Amirov (A), Zakhar Bardakov, Danil Bashkirov, Yegor Chinakhov, Arseni Gritsyuk, Maxim Groshev, Marat Khusnutdinov, Vasili Podkolzin (C), Vasili Ponomaryov, Ilya Safonov, Yegor Spiridonov.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C)
vs. RUSSIA ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
current champion
(since 04 Jan 2020)
Last Title 29 Dec 2019
109 All-Time Wins
23 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 2 ties, 1 void)
13 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 4-3 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 05 Jan 1975 โ€“ WJT โ€“ Winnipegย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-3 RUSย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย โ€“ 05 Jan 2020 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Ostravaย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
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Next IHLC Game
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Article Credit: TSN
Photo Credit: Global Newsย – IIHFHHOFIOC



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