Today the Russian national team will skate against the US for the gold medal at the U18 WJC. While the squad was not a favorite out of the preliminary round, the Russians still managed to earn a semifinals birth and then resoundedly defeat the Canadian national team. Russia's success this year is largely due to the squad's depth and goaltending. Anton Khudobin has come up big for the team and given something that Russia has lacked for the past few years - stability in the net.
Russia vs. Canada 5:2 (3:1; 1:0; 1:1)
Goals: 1:0 Dmitri Shitikov (Evgeni Malkin – 10:48pp); 1:1 John
Lammers (Jonathan Sigalet – 12:23pp); 2:1 Anton Belov (Adgur Dzhugelia,
Roman Voloshenko – 14:36pp); 3:1 Sergei Shirokov (Evgeni Malkin, Alexander
Radulov – 18:36); 4:1 Roman Voloshenko (Mikhail Yunkov, Alexander Radulov
– 29:30); 5:1 Evgeni Malkin (Alexander Radulov, Roman Voloshenko - 41:02);
5:2 Adam Berti (Ryan Garlock – 47:15); Three Stars: Khudobin, Malkin, Voloshenko Shots: 21:29 Penalties: 53-28 Prospect Notes: Anton Khudobin, who scored a goal for Russia
a couple of games back, came up big in the contest against Canada. He stopped
27 of the 29 shots, and let in the second goal when it didn’t matter and
Russia had already won the game. He came up big in the second period, when Russia
was up only two goals and Canada still had a chance to get back into the game.
Mikhail Yunkov had a great opportunity early in the first period when he beat
the goalie on a breakaway, but then shot the puck above the crossbar. Russia’s
top line (Shitikov-Malkin-Parshin) looked right from the first shift. It was largely
because of Malkin. The young center made things happen in the offensive zone.
He made a very nice feed to Shitikov, who then put the puck on an easy score.
Russia then went ahead another goal when Sergei Shirokov struck on a breakaway
after Anton Khudobin quickly skated out of the net for the sixth skater after
a Canadian player was called on a penalty. Malkin also played well defensively,
skating on the top shorthanded unit, including the three on five situation late
in the second period when Russia.
All Russia needed was a tie to advance straight to the semifinals of the U18 WJC. The team did just that, coming back from a two goal deficit behind a solid game of Khudobin and Malkin's third period tally. Slovakia vs. Russia 2:2 (2:0, 0:1, 0:1). Goals 1:0 Zagrpan (Tomanek, 4.43), 2:0 Grachik (Bachek, Shkurko,
18.20), 2:1 Voloshenko (36.03), 2:2 Malkin (Shitikov, Parshin, 44.14).
Russia handidly defeated Norway in it's opening game of the U18 WJC tournament. The Russian goals were scored by Plyushcev, Roman Voloshenko (2), Dmitri Shitikov, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Ogorodnikov (2), and Evgenii Malkin. Anton Khudobin was in net for Team Russia. Full box score and recap coming soon!