In day three of the 2015 World Junior Championship, team Russia took on team Switzerland at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Both Russia and Switzerland entered the game with one win under their belt. But tonight’s game would push Russia up the standings as they defeated the Swiss by a commanding score of 7-0.
Russia was the first team to strike on the power-play, as Rafikov would blast one from the blueline to give the Russians a nice 1-0 lead a little past the halfway mark.
The Russians would later extend their lead in the final few minutes of the first period after Fiala turned the puck over, which immediately costed Switzerland as Alexander Dergachyov would bury the puck.
But the goals would still come with about a minute left.
Russia would leave the period with a nice 3-0 lead as Pavel Buchnevich shot a quick wrister that would find the back of the net.
Mid way through the second period, a scary incident happened to Switzerland’s defenceman Baltisberger, as he was hit in the head awkwardly. He did not get up on his own and was taken off the ice on the stretcher. Russian player Golyshev, who hit Baltisberger, was ejected from the game and given a five minute major.
It was announced later on that he was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
With 1:14 left in the Swiss power-play, Russia took a bad penalty and Switzerland called a timeout and would head on a nice 5-on-3 for a minute fourteen. This would be a solid opportunity for the Swiss to try and squeeze back into the game.
But the two man advantage did not work for the struggling Swiss team.
The remaining minutes in the middle frame would not get any easier for the Swiss as Russia would extend their lead to a comfortable 5-0, with goals coming from Tolchinsky and Sharov.
The third period would see a ton of back and forth action, and the Russians did extend their lead to 6-0 on the power play with Vladislav Kamenev scoring a fluky goal.
But moments after the Kamenev goal, Russia would go up 7-0 with Vyacheslav Leshenko scoring the marker.
After a fun final minute of the period, both teams would exchange 2-on-1 opportunites but both goaltenders would make the saves, as Russia would hold on for the 7-0 win.
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