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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
August 6, 2018 3:00 pm MDT
Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
4
2
7
1
0
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
21
19
20
60
6
9
11
26

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
3 / 6
2
0 / 1
22

Game Story

RUSSIA ROLLS PAST FINNS IN HLINKA GRETZKY OPENER

VICTORIA HOFFERD

RED DEER, Alta. – Arseni Gritsyuk scored twice, Vasili Podkolzin added a goal and two assists and Russia romped to a 7-2 win over Finland in the opening game of the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Monday afternoon.

Six different players scored goals and 13 recorded points for the Russians, who racked up a ridiculous 60 shots on goal in the win.

It was the Finns who opened the scoring just 53 seconds after the puck dropped thanks to Patrik Puistola, but Nikita Vashchenko got Russia even before the end of the first period.

The goals came early and often in the second, with Gritsyuk netting his second of the game just seven seconds into the middle frame to put the Russians ahead for good.

Daniil Gushchin, Podkolzin and Ilya Mironov – on the power play – also counted in the second period to put Russia in full control after 40 minutes. Ironically, the 19 shots the Russians managed in the period were their lowest single-period total in the game.

Gritsyuk and Oleg Zaitsev would both score man-advantage goals in the third period – sandwiched around an Aarne Intonen marker for the Finns – to provide the final margin of victory.

Russia converted at a 50 percent clip on the power play, scoring three times on six opportunities while taking just a single minor penalty.

The Russians are back in action Tuesday afternoon against the Czech Republic (3 p.m. MT), while the Finns will look to bounce back against the United States (7 p.m. MT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Puistola

Assists: Kasper Simontaival
00:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Henri Nikkanen
Tripping (2:00)
02:40
GOAL
Goal: Nikita Vashchenko

Assists: Vasili Podkolzin, Ilya Nikolayev
13:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Kokkonen
Hooking (2:00)
14:13
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Arseni Gritsyuk

Assists: Yegor Chinakhov
00:07
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gushchin

Assists: Yaroslav Likhachyov, Mikhail Abramov
02:52
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Nikolayev
08:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Petman
Roughing (2:00)
09:11
GOAL
Goal: Ilya Mironov (power play)

Assists: Vasili Podkolzin, Daniil Gutik
10:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Veeti Miettinen
Roughing (2:00)
18:56
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Arseni Gritsyuk (power play)

Assists: Yegor Chinakhov
00:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Patrik Puistola (Served by Arttu Tuomaala)
Hit to the Head (2:00)
05:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Patrik Puistola
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
07:56
GOAL
Goal: Aarne Intonen

Assists: Ville Heinola, Aku Räty
11:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikko Petman
Roughing (2:00)
13:29
GOAL
Goal: Oleg Zaitsev (power play)

Assists: Sergei Alkhimov, Rodion Amirov
14:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Likhachyov
Hooking (2:00)
17:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Vladimir Sartakov RUS 60 26 24 2 0.923
Roope Taponen FIN 60 60 53 7 0.883

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - 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 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

5 - 4 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 11, 2018
8 - 2 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Aug 10, 2018
1 - 2 L v SwedenSWE
Aug 10, 2018
3 - 4 L v Czech RepublicCZE
Aug 8, 2018
8 - 3 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 8, 2018
2 - 6 L @ United StatesUSA
Aug 7, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: RUS 5 – USA 4 (Bronze Medal)
Polkolzin scored a hat trick to lead the Russians to the bronze medal.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Gold Medal)
Mutala and Lafrenière had 2G each, and Canada won a 22nd U18 gold.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: SWE 2 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Henriksson scored with 44 seconds left to send Sweden to the final.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: FIN 8 – SUI 2 (7th Place)
Nikkanen had 2G 4A, and the Finns scored five in the first period.