2018 World Junior A Challenge

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2018 World Junior A Challenge
Game #9
Preliminary
Final
December 14, 2018 2:00 pm MST
R.J. Lalonde Arena
Bonnyville, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
1
3
0
1
3
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
14
21
49
6
11
7
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
12
2 / 6
20

Game Story

RUSSIANS EDGE U.S., CLAIM TOP SPOT IN WJAC PRELIMS

JASON LA ROSE

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – Ivan Rogov scored the game-winning goal into an empty net with 55 seconds remaining, helping Russia finish a perfect preliminary round at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a 4-3 victory over the United States on Friday afternoon.

With the U.S. needing a win in regulation time to overtake the Russians for first place, goaltender Blake Pietila went to the bench with just over two minutes left.

But Rogov hammered a slap shot from his blue-line that found the middle of the empty net, giving Russia its 10th-consecutive prelim win at the tournament.

The Russians refused to go away, erasing three one-goal deficits, two of them in the third period.

Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring at the 12:30 mark of the first, throwing a harmless-looking shot on goal that found its way underneath Russian netminder Vsevolod Skotnikov for a 1-0 lead.

Artemii Kniazev equalized for Russia early in the second period, sneaking a shot through traffic and past Pietila for a power-play goal, but Luke Johnson jumped into the rush and tucked a backhand around Skotnikov to restore the American advantage before the end of the middle frame.

Dmitri Sheshin made it a 2-2 game in the first minute of the third period, knocking in a centering pass from Vasily Podkolzin, before both teams counted on the power play less than two minutes apart.

Parker Ford was first at 5:11, finding room on the short-side past Skotnikov to put the U.S. ahead again, but Mikhail Abramov cruised into the slot and beat Pietila past the glove just 1:45 after that to even things up once more.

Skotnikov was terrific in the third period, making 20 of his 46 saves in the final 20 minutes.

As the first-place team, the Russians will decide which Saturday semifinal they will play in against the winner of the Canada East-Czech Republic game later Friday. The U.S., which finished second, will take on Canada West in its semi.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilia Mironov (Served by Takhir Mingachev)
Boarding (2:00)
02:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilia Mironov
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
02:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Semion Chistiakov
Interference (2:00)
10:23
GOAL
Goal: Ryan O'Reilly

Assists: Trevor Janicke, Zac Jones
12:30
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Josh Nodler
Slashing (2:00)
01:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Cal Kiefiuk
High-Sticking (2:00)
03:16
GOAL
Goal: Artemii Kniazev (power play)

Assists: Vasily Podkolzin, Nikolai Burenov
04:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Zac Jones
Slashing (2:00)
05:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Johnson
Hooking (2:00)
12:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Shane Pinto
Slashing (2:00)
16:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Maksim Groshev
Roughing (2:00)
16:58
GOAL
Goal: Luke Johnson

Assists: Bobby Brink, Zac Jones
17:49
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Dmitrii Sheshin

Assists: Vasily Podkolzin, Roman Bychkov
00:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Semion Chistiakov
Interference (2:00)
02:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksandr Gordin
Tripping (2:00)
03:47
GOAL
Goal: Parker Ford (power play)

Assists: Bobby Brink, Luke Johnson
05:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Connor Caponi
Tripping (2:00)
05:54
GOAL
Goal: Mikhail Abramov (power play)

06:56
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Ivan Rogov

Assists: Rodion Amirov
19:05
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Blake Pietila

19:05

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Blake Pietila USA 57 23 20 3 0.870
Vsevolod Skotnikov RUS 60 49 46 3 0.939

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Dec 16, 2018
0 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 16, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Canada WestCAN-W
Dec 15, 2018
4 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 15, 2018
3 - 4 L @ RussiaRUS
Dec 14, 2018
4 - 3 W vs. United StatesUSA
Dec 14, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 WJAC: CAN-W 3 – CZE 1 (Bronze)
Holloway scored twice to lead the Canadians to the bronze medal.
2018 WJAC: USA 2 – RUS 0 (Gold)
Saville made 25 saves to backstop the U.S. to its eighth WJAC gold.
2018 WJAC: RUS 4 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Nikolaev and Gutik scored PPGs in the third to help Russia advance.
2018 WJAC: USA 3 – CAN-W 2 OT (Semifinal)
Ness ended it in overtime to send the Americans to play for gold.