About the League
Team Russia played their sixth game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia on May 31st. Valery Bragin’s men edged Sweden in the shootout and didn’t let the opposition make the playoff round for the first time in history. Almost every player on Team Russia has Junior Hockey League experience.
Russia conceded a goal first – nine minutes into the opening period of action Jesper Frödén found the back of the net on a power play. Bragin’s squad managed to get the equalizer only midway through the third frame. Kuznetskie Medvedi alumnus and Kharlamov Cup finalist Dmitry Orlov skated into the offensive zone, easily beat his opponent and wired the puck to Anton Slepyshev, who one-timed it past Sweden’s netminder Adam Reideborn. Slepyshev has also competed for Kuznetskie Medvedi in Junior Hockey League as well as for Tolpar Ufa.
Russians scored their second goal of the tilt just 12 seconds later. St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko received the puck and took a shot from the slot. Reideborn was able to get in front of it but Alexander Barabanov, who leads SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in all-time goals and points, pounced on the rebound and buried it. Bragin’s men couldn’t hold on to their advantage and finish the game in regulation as Buffalo Sabres’ Viktor Olofsson brought it back to even within the final five minutes of the period. Overtime solved nothing, but Ivan Morozov, Anton Burdasov and Vladimir Tarasenko converted on their respective attempts in the shootout to slam the door on the Swedes. With this victory Russia rises to the top of Group A in round robin.
2021 IIHF World Championship. Round Robin.
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs. Riga, Latvia
Team Russia – Team Sweden – 3-2 SO (0-1, 0-0, 2-1, 0-0, 1-0)
0-1 – Frödén (Lindberg, Kempe) – 08-06 PPG
1-1 – Slepyshev (Orlov) – 52-34
2-1 – Barabanov (Tarasenko, Nesterov) – 52-46
2-2 – Olofsson (Sellgren, Lundström) – 55-17
3-2 – Tarasenko – 65-00 SOW
Goaltenders: Alexander Samonov – Adam Reideborn