Denmark will battle for a gold medal in their first ever attempt at the World Junior A Challenge after defeating Russia 5-1 on Thursday.
The Danes controlled action in the early stages of the first period, very similar to what happened when the two teams met during the preliminary round.gave Denmark the 1-0 lead just 2:58 into the game after picking up his rebound that came off of the crossbar before beating Anton Krasotkin for the go-ahead goal.
Neither team would score again in the first, but a quick rush in the second period saw Denmark extend their lead to three goals. After tournament star Nikolaj Ehlers skated up the ice and put the puck on net, Oliver Bjorkstrand picked up the loose puck before rifling it home for the 2-0 lead just three minutes into the second. A minute after, Nick Olesen made it 3-0 after some great passing between him, Mikkel Aagaard and Sonny Hertzberg for the beautiful goal.
Yegor Rykov got one back for Russia at the 10:42 mark of the second. With a delayed penalty for Denmark coming up, Rykov managed to beat George Sorensen to put Russia within two of their Danish opponents with half the game still to go.
The second period ended on a high note for the Danes. With a man on the penalty box, Jeppe Holmberg got a shorthanded marker to make it 4-1 Denmark heading into the third and final frame. The final twenty minutes saw an extra goal from Bjorkstrand with 20 seconds to go, meaning that Denmark had earned a birth into the World Junior A Challenge finals on Saturday afternoon, while Russia will battle for Bronze on Friday.
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