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Author: Alessandro Seren Rosso (RussianProspects Exclusive)Date: 11/17/2008
Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) shines in 4-nations tournament

2009 U20 ADT Can-Rus Challenge

In the Novemberís 4-nations tournament played in Sweden Russia grabbed a second place behind the hosts. For the Nemchinovís team is just yet another runner-up placement after this Augustís lost to Czech Republic. Many players in this selection will fight for a place in the WJC squad, which will surely feature some of the young players currently in the CHL like Evgeny Grachev and Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings). Itís rumoured that the tournament has been attended by more than sixty NHL scouts.

First dayís games were Russia Ė Finland and Sweden Ė Czech Republic. The host run away with an easy 5-3 victory, while the other match was more fought. After a hard first period Finland was up 3-1, but Nemchinovís guys managed to revert the situation with a great second period ended with three unanswered goals. In the third fraction the Finns scored twice seeming to catch the game, but a late marker by Evgeni Dadonov made it 5-5. Russiaís goalscorers in the regulation have been Nikita Klyukin (twice), Anatoly Nikontsev, Andrei Konev and, as said, Dadonov. In the overtime Russia had mostly to deal with penalties as Finland got two powerplays because of Maxim Goncharovís and Alexanderís Osipov fouls, but Daniil Alistratov rejected all the six shot thrown at his net, sending the game to the shoot outs, where Pavel Chernov scored the lone goal of the relay, giving the victory to his team.

If in the first day the shoot out meant victory for Russia, the same canít be said for the second game as they had to surrender to Sweden. In the tournamentís battle of giants Nemchinovís team played very well in the first two periods, just to allow the opponents a third period comeback. The first period finished with the teams tied at one after the goals scored by Andre Petersson and Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers). A powerplay marker by Mikhail Pashnin, assisted by Dadonov, and a late goal, again with the man advantage, scored by the Traktorís defender Andrei Konev secured to Russia a two-goal lead, trashed away in the third period after the goals by Marcus Johansson and Mattias Tedenby. In the shoot outs Russia missed all their three attempts with Pavel Chernov, Dmitri Klopov and Nikita Klyukin, while Andre Petersson kept his cool and put the puck past Vadim Zhelobnyuk. The other dayís game seen Czech Republic winning 3-2 against Finland.

In the third and last day of the tournament Russia played the afternoon match, so they would have to win to keep the ball rolling, hoping that the Finns would be able to beat the hosts. The Russians were up two nothing after only twelve minutes thanks to the goals scored by Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) and Dmitri Tsyganov. In the second period Dadonov scored his second goal of the game making it a 3-0 game, but the Czechs managed to put in a big effort to tie things up in the third period. The difference maker has been a powerplay goal by Maxim Goncharov, scored at the fifty-third minute. The Czechs this time didnít manage to strike back allowing further two goals to Nemchinovís team, scored by Dmitri Klopov and Andrei Nikontsev.
But the win hasnít been enough as in the evening game the Swedes shut out Finland 4-0, securing the tournamentís triumph.

It was a good tournament for Russia, despite the final second place. Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) has been the tournamentís top point and goals scorer, thanks to his 4 goals and 7 points in just 3 games. Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) convinced too, being the tournamentís defender top scorer (1 goal and 3 assists) and with the third gameís GWG.
Between the pipes the performances of Daniil Alistratov and Vadim Zhelobnyuk have not been the best, but there is still room to work on this roster area as in this tournament didnít play Lokomotivís Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) and Metallurgís Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins).

- Alessandro Seren Rosso for RussianProspects.com

Related Player Profiles: . D.Alistratov P.Chernov E.Dadonov S.Gaiduchenko M.Goncharov N.Klyukin A.Loktionov A.Pechursky V.Zhelobnyuk
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