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Following a blowout win over Team Czech Republic Russia’s players Prokhor Poltapov Arseny Koromsylov as well as head-coach Albert Leschyov were available for comment.
“We’re going into the playoffs fully bonded”
Arseny Koromyslov, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and U18 Team Russia defenseman.
“We’re getting better with every game at confidence and strength. We’re going into the playoffs fully bonded,” believes Koromyslov. “[Matvei] Michkov is one of the best players on our team. I play alongside him in Junior Hockey League. He’s got great statistics and he’s a really good guy, too. He has to keep on improving. It doesn’t matter whom we’re going to face in the quarterfinal. We’re going to play whoever we have to. The most important thing is to qualify for the next round. We’re going to take a look at our mistakes and go back into battle.”
Prokhor Poltapov, Krasnaya Armiya Moscow and U18 Team Russia forward.
“Today our team play was great. We took very few penalties and stuck to the game plan, which was given to us by our coaches,” said Poltapov. “As for my #13 – it’s Pavel Datsyuk’s number. He’s someone all of us try to play like. I don’t try to copy his game move by move, though. It’s just a number. The most important thing is that our team won today. The goals will come if you keep playing for your team’s good. Team Czech Republic is just as strong and well-organized as any other team at this tournament. We didn’t adjust anything in our play going into the game. We prepared for the game the same way we always do. Did the Czechs play dirty? Our coach told us not to respond to dirty plays and just play our brand of hockey.”
Albert Leschyov, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and U18 Team Russia head-coach.
“I want to congratulate the boys on playing a good game. It was a tough battle,” said Leschyov. “We were about to take the punch and continued to play our brand of hockey. Discipline comes first for us. There is a saying, ‘Discipline defeats class’. It’s a slogan we live by. We’re going to analyze our play, take a look at the video and get ready for the quarterfinal game. Who’s going to play in goal for us in the playoffs? We’re going to discuss it with our goaltending coach. The situation is clear after Sapunov was shoved into the boards. He’s doing alright and he’s ready to play. We don’t have any preferences regarding opponent in the quarterfinal game.”