An incredible start to the first period between Russia and the Czech Republic saw the 2014 World Under-17 champions from Russia take the 6-1 victory at the end of a dominating effort.
With the way the tournament had been going for all six teams involved, there was no clear favourite heading into the game. Sure, the Russians may have won a year ago, but the Czech’s were having themselves a solid tournament heading into the game on Thursday. Regardless, it didn’t take long for the Russians to find the score-sheet first. At the six minute mark in the period, Alexey Lipanov stole the loose puck in his own zone before blasting past every Czech defender, beating Jakub Skarek with a beautiful breakaway deke to make it 1-0.
The Czech’s were quick to answer back. At the 9:35 mark, just three minutes after their first goal, Martin Necas grabbed the pass in front from superstar forward Filip Zadina, using his tremendous shot power to whistle the puck past Maxim Zhukov and in for the 1-1 tie.
The tie wouldn’t last for too long. Just seconds after, Yaroslav Alekseev would pick up his own rebound while standing all alone in front of the Czech crease, tapping it in past Skarek’s right pad and in for the 2-1 lead before the period was even half over.
Lipanov shot was easily dominant for the Russians, using his tenacious speed to beat Skarek before he even knew what was going on. His wrist shot with about four minutes to go proved to be too much for the Czech goaltender, giving his team the 3-1 lead. Fortunately enough, Skarek was lucky enough to avoid serious injury after getting tripped up on the follow through, allowing himself to finish the game and attempt a hat-trick.
Things would go from bad to worse for the Czech’s. After Jan Kern’s goal would get waved off due to a slash, Dmitri Samorukov would score a power play goal for the Russians on a lone man chance, handing his team the 4-1 lead. It was all the Russians would need to put the game away, as late goals by Vladislav Kazamanov and Yaroslav Alekseev helped extend Russia’s lead and eventually seal the deal on a 6-1 victory.
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