About the League
Team Russia played their fourth game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship on May 26th. Russia beat Team Denmark 3-0. Almost every single player on Team Russia’s roster at the tournament has Junior Hockey League experience.
Team Russia opened up the scoring late in the second period of play. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg alumnus Ivan Morozov, who currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg in Kontinental Hockey League, found the back of the net. Morozov’s SKA teammate and former Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk forward in Junior Hockey League Anton Burdasov put the puck on net off the boards, Dmitry Voronkov of Ak Bars Kazan battled for it in front of the net and the puck bounced to Morozov who buried it past Team Denmark netminder Sebastian Dahm from in tight. Team Russia got their second goal of the game from Alexander Barabanov. The forward leads SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in all-time Junior Hockey League goals in points. Sergei Tolchinsky, recent Gagarin Cup champion with Avangard Omsk and Krasnaya Armiya Moscow alumnus, gained the zone down the right wing, turned around and passed the biscuit to the middle of the ice. Barabanov received the puck and sniped it top-shelf with an excellent wrist-shot. Forward Alexander Barabanov is currently on a 2-game goal-scoring streak.
Shortly before the final buzzer Dmitry Voronkov and Ivan Morozov swapped roles. This time Morozov picked up an assist, while former Junior Hockey League’s Irbis Kazan forward, sniped it just under the bar. As a result, Team Russia enjoyed a solid 3-0 win. Goaltender Alexander Samonov, who competed for Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region back in his Junior Hockey League days, posted his first shutout win at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. Team Russia now has nine points and catch up to Team Slovakia to tie for first place in round robin.
2021 IIHF World Championship. Round Robin.
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs. Riga, Latvia
Team Russia – Team Denmark – 3-0 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0)
1-0 – Morozov (Voronkov, Burdasov) – 39-18 PPG
2-0 – Barabanov (Unassisted) – 49-41
3-0 – Voronkov (Morozov) – 56-35
Goaltenders: Alexander Samonov – Sebastian Dahm