Team Russia started strong, playing offensively since the opening faceoff. The fans didn’t have to wait long to find the game’s first goal as Kirill Marchenko found twine at the sixth minute after a fast break led by Nikita Alexandrov. A few minutes later, and after a wasted powerplay chance, Kirill Marchenko doubled the lead for the Russians as his shot from close in fooled the goalie after a favorable ricochet. Before Marchenko’s goal, the team showed great technique and chemistry, juggling the puck for a long time in the offensive zone without conceding the opposition to disrupt their game.
In the second period, the teams exchanged penalties, then, at the 34th minute, with the man advantage, the Russians had another penalty called in their favor. With a further man on the ice, Grigory Denisenko scored the 3-0 goal with a beautiful blue-line slapshot that left no chances to the German goalie. Later in the second period, Valery Bragin’s troop celebrated again as Pavel Dorofeyev scored twice, allowing the Russians to celebrate a 5-0 score heading to the second intermission. The Magnitogorsk forward scored twice on the powerplay, and it looked like the lines’ shuffling worked for the team.
In the final stanza, the Russians mainly controlled the game, especially after the sixth goal, scored by Ak Bars’ Dmitry Voronkov with helpers coming from Marchenko and Vasily Podkolzin. Despite the score, Team Russia was still playing hard and was whistled some extra penalties. During one of these powerplay stretches, the Germans managed to score after the only mistake committed by Yaroslav Askarov during the game. Discipline may be the things that the Russians must need work on in sight of the medal round.
The World Juniors will be back on January 2nd, and only after the evening games will it be possible to know what the opponents will be for Team Russia as the groups' standings are still up in the air.