About the League
Team Russia played their third game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship on May 24th. Valery Bragin’s men lost the tight tilt to Team Slovakia. Almost every player on Russia’s roster has competed in Junior Hockey League in the past.
The opponents kept it close in the opening period of play. Russia and Slovakia came into the tilt occupying the top two spots in their group, meaning a win would give either side an advantage prior to next games of round robin. The Slovaks opened up the scoring midway through the second period of play but Russia’s response was swift. Anton Slepyshev skated behind the net and dropped the puck for a Krasnaya Armiya Moscow alumnus Sergei Tolchinsky who one-timed it home. The puck ricocheted into the net off Alexander Barabanov, who leads SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in all-time points in Junior Hockey League.
Maxim Shalunov’s penalty proved to be the key moment of the games as the Slovaks went on to capitalize on the ensuing power play 14 minutes into the third stanza. Marek Daloga scored on the empty net with just over a minute to spare in regulation and Valery Bragin’s men suffered their first loss at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Team Slovakia rises to the top spot in Group A.
2021 IIHF World Championship. Round Robin.
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs. Riga, Latvia
Team Slovakia – Team Russia – 3-1 (0-0, 1-1, 2-0)
1-0 – Kelemen (Roman) – 30-00
1-1 – Barabanov (Тoclhinsky, Slepyshev) – 31-06 PPG
2-1 – Gernat (Hrivik, Cehlarik) – 53-19 PPG
3-1 – Daloga (Cehlarik, Hrivik) – 58-59 EN
Goaltenders: Hudacek - Samonov