Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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In the first medal-round game, the Russians had little trouble in defeating a well-organized Team Switzerland. When the team's stars pushed the gas, the opposition had simply no chances.

Once again, the Russians had a strong start in the first period, and they tried to control the game since the beginning. The Swiss played tight defense in their own zone, and Valery Bragin's team replied with a smooth puck-possession game. However, it wasn't enough for the Russians as by the first horn, and the teams were still tied at zero despite powerplay chances for both sides.

In the second stanza, the Russians raised the bar and found the first goal of the night with Ak Bars' Dmitry Voronkov. Considering the way Team Russia played the first period, it almost looked like the game was over. However, right before the game's halfway mark, Switzerland's Gaetan Jobin found the sweet spot after an offensive zone faceoff. Just seven minutes later, the Russians went ahead: Grigory Denisenko picked up speed on the right flank and then sent a perfect pass to Alexander Khovanov waiting just left of the crease. Khovanov had only to push the puck in the empty net as he finally found his groove after a disappointing start of the tournament. In the second period's tail, the Russians doubled the gap. In a powerplay, the team had a phenomenal tic-tac-toe play finished by Dmitry Voronkov in front of the net - it was the second of the night for the Ak Bars' forward, who is one of the best players for the Russians in this tournament.

In the final period, Bragin's troops controlled the play. The Swiss had a few penalties whistled against, but the Russians preferred to control the puck and let the clock run to avoid any risk and save energy. Yaroslav Askarov faced only 15 shots, thus posting a solid saves percentage of 93.33%. As a reseeding will happen after the four quarterfinal games, at this point, it's impossible to tell who the oppositions for Team Russia will be in the semifinals. The semifinals stage plays on Jan. 4.

 

Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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