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Team Russia, boasting a heavy load of Junior Hockey League alumni, got their second win at the 2021 IIHF World Championship on May 22.
Russia established a commanding 4-0 lead by midway through the opening period of play. Former Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk forward Anton Burdasov notched a pair of tallies. 2011 World Junior champion opened up the scoring and then extended his team’s lead to 3-0. Mikhail Grigorenko and Sergei Tolchinsky got a goal each. Both players used to don Krasnaya Armiya Moscow colors. Late in the frame Team Great Britain forward Liam Kirk made it a 4-1 hockey game.
The only goal of the second period was scored by a Kharlamov Cup champion and another former Krasnaya Armiya forward Pavel Karnaukhov.
In the final stanza Andrei Kuzmenko, who had also won the Kharlamov Cup with Karnaukhov, further improved the lead for Team Russia. Anton Slepyshev set the final score at 7-1 – he used to play for Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk and Tolpar Ufa in Junior Hockey League.
Team Russia kicked off the tournament with two wins in as many games. Valery Bragin’s men will face Team Slovakia in their next tilt on May 24th.