In a dramatic battle, Russia only managed to claim one point against Finland in the concluding match of the 2021 Channel One Cup in Moscow, conceding a narrow 3-2 defeat in overtime.
It was a somewhat uneventful first period. Eager to please the packed CSKA Arena, the Russians competed on the front foot, but barely any realistic scoring opportunities were created as Finland managed to close all shooting lanes in their zone. For their part, the top line consisting of Teemu Hartikainen, Sakari Manninen and Markus Granlund was regularly causing the home defence problems when presented with counter-attacking chances.
The Finns did take the lead in the penultimate minute of the frame.
As a goalmouth scramble erupted on the Russian crease, Waltteri Merelä managed to find the puck and squeeze it over the line.
Finland really should have doubled their money at the start of the second stanza. On the power play, Granlund seemingly had an empty net to aim at on the crease, but he was denied by an incredible save by Ivan Fedotov with the left pad.
That missed chance proved to be a hugely important moment in the game.
Despite the Finns competing in an organized manner, our players did gradually create more goalscoring chances, with Nikita Gusev notably failing to beat Säteri when completely clean through. Nevertheless, with a little over four minutes remaining in the period, Russia did grab that elusive equalizer.
Unmarked to the right of the crease, defenceman Artyom Minulin expertly slotted the puck into the gaping right corner with the goaltender beaten after Mikhail Grigorenko’s initial slap shot had struck the opposite post.
The third period saw proceedings become seriously dramatic.
In the 45th minute, Finland took their second lead of the afternoon, as Sakari Manninen bundled the puck past Fedotov from a tight angle on the left wing.
The visitors were in control for the vast majority of the third frame, calmly keeping our players at bay and not allowing them to test Säteri on a regular basis. However, with less than four minutes remaining, Russia managed to tally their second equalizer and consequently force overtime.
At the blue line, Vyacheslav Voinov drew his stick back and lashed an unstoppable one-timer high into the net. Initially, the goal was ruled out for goaltender interference, but it was subsequently given after two video reviews.
Finland did have the last laugh, though, as Manninen was credited with the winning marker in the ensuing extra period as he was fouled against when pulling to the empty net after Fedotov had been pulled for the extra skater.
The Finns have indeed finished in first position of the tournament with a perfect record, with Russia just behind in second.
18:27 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Merelä (Nättinen, Salomäki)
20:00 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Kemiläinen, tripping
22:11 – 🇷🇺 PEN – team, too many players
35:37 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Minulin (Grigorenko, Gusev)
43:36 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kadeikin, interference
44:04 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Manninen (Hartikainen, Kemppainen)
54:37 – 🇫🇮 PEN – M. Seppälä, interference
56:22 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Voinov (Tolchinski, Semyonov)
64:30 – 🇫🇮 EN GOAL – Manninen (Kemiläinen)
W: 🇫🇮 Säteri (24-26)
L: 🇷🇺 Fedotov (21-23)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇫🇮 6+9+7+2 = 24
🇷🇺 3+13+10+0 = 26
🇫🇮 Goaltenders: Niilo Halonen, Harri Säteri. Defence: Juuso Hietanen (C), Oliwer Kaski, Valtteri Kemiläinen, Arttu Pelli, Ville Pokka, Mikael Seppälä, Peetro Seppälä. Forwards: Markus Granlund, Teemu Hartikainen, Jere Karjalainen, Joonas Kemppainen, Leo Komarov (A), Sakari Manninen (A), Waltteri Merelä, Markus Nenonen, Markus Nurmi, Joonas Nättinen, Niko Ojamäki, Juuso Pärssinen, Miikka Salomäki.
🇷🇺 Goaltenders: Timur Bilyalov, Ivan Fedotov. Defence: Semyon Chistyakov, Vladislav Kamenev, Alexei Marchenko, Artyom Minulin, Alexander Nikishin, Damir Sharipzyanov, Sergei Telegin, Vyacheslav Voinov (A). Forwards: Andrei Chibisov, Artyom Galimov, Mikhail Grigorenko (A), Arseni Gritsyuk, Nikita Gusev, Alexander Kadeikin, Pavel Karnaukhov, Kirill Marchenko, Sergei Plotnikov (C), Kirill Semyonov, Vladimir A. Tkachyov, Sergei Tolchinski.
|🇫🇮 FINLAND||vs.||RUSSIA (C) 🇷🇺|
(previous 06 Jun 2021)
|Last Title||reign ends
(since 15 Dec 2021)
(+ 4 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (FIN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 URS 8-3 FIN 🇫🇮 – 08 Feb 1957 – EX – Tampere 🇫🇮
|Previous IHLC Meeting (FIN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 RUS 3-2 FIN 🇫🇮 – 11 Feb 2021 – BHG – Malmö 🇸🇪
|Last IHLC Game
🇷🇺 RUS 5-2 CZE 🇨🇿 – 18 Dec 2021 – COC – Moscow 🇷🇺
|Next IHLC Game
🇫🇮 FIN 6-2 SVK 🇸🇰 – 10 Feb 2022 – OG – Beijing 🇨🇳