About the League
Team Russia played their sixth game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship on May 29th. Junior Hockey League alumni participated in Russia’s win over Team Switzerland. Almost every player on Team Russia’s roster at the tournament has Junior Hockey League experience.
Anton Burdasov scored the first goal for Team Russia to improve his status as the team’s leader in points. Burdasov used to play for Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk back in his Junior Hockey League days. He picked up the puck on a power play opportunity, skated into the zone down the right wing, cut to the slot and sniped it top-shelf on the far side.
Midway through the third period of play Team Switzerland managed to get back even on the scoreboard but Russia went on to score three more goals before the final buzzer sounded. Valery Bragin’s men got back on top after a Krasnaya Armiya Moscow alumnus and Kharlamov Cup champion Pavel Karnakukhov found the back of the net. Two minutes later Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov passed the biscuit up the left wing, Avangard Omsk forward Sergei Tolchinsky – another former Krasnaya Armiya Moscow player – slid the puck past an opponent, skated to the slot area and beat the goaltender. Tolchinsky was the one who scored the fourth goal of the night for Team Russia as he slipped into the empty net. Overall Tolchinsky scored three points in the game against Team Switzerland. San Jose Sharks forward Alexander Barabanov, who leads SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in all-time Junior Hockey League goals and points, picked up two assists.
Team Russia prevails 4-1, wins their fifth game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship and climbs back on top of Group A.
2021 IIHF World Championship. Round Robin.
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs. Riga, Latvia
Team Switzerland – Team Russia – 1-4 (0-0, 0-1, 1-3)
0-1 – Burdasov (Galimov) – 35-01 PPG
1-1 – Hischier (Ambuhl) – 48-12
1-2 – Karnaukhov (Tolchinsky, Barabanov) – 50-26
1-3 – Tolchinsky (Slepyshev, Provorov) – 52-38
1-4 – Tolchinsky (Barabanov, Karnaukhov) – 59-58 EN
Goaltenders: Alexander Samonov – Reto Berra