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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #11
Preliminary
Final
August 8, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
3
0
3
3
1
4
8

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
8
8
19
21
19
15
55

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 3
12
1 / 6
16

Game Story

RUSSIA CRUISES PAST U.S., WINS GROUP B AT HLINKA GRETZKY CUP

JASON LA ROSE

RED DEER, Alta. – Daniil Gushchin scored twice and added two assists, and Russia pulled away in the third period to earn an 8-3 win over the United States on Wednesday night and take first place in Group B at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Mikhail Abramov and Yaroslav Likhachyov had a goal and three helpers each for the Russians, who scored the final five goals of the game to set up a semifinal showdown with Sweden on Friday (3 p.m. MT).

The Americans are also semifinal-bound; they will face Canada on Friday night (7 p.m. MT).

It looked as if it would be a runaway from the first drop of the puck, with Russia holding a 21-3 advantage in shots on goal in the opening stanza and taking a three-goal lead to the intermission.

Gushchin was first at 12:18, converting his own rebound, Likhachyov buried a second chance at the side of the net at 16:45 and Ilya Mironov capitalized after an offensive-zone turnover to seemingly put Russia in control.

But the Americans came all the way back before the nine-minute mark of the second period.

Robert Mastrosimone got the comeback started early, toe-dragging around a Russian defender before rifling a shot past goaltender Yaroslav Askarov.

Arthur Kaliyev banged in a rebound to make it a one-goal game on the power play just 68 seconds later, and Sam Colangelo tied it at 8:33 with a redirect of a Luke Reid shot on another man advantage.

Despite the comeback, the Russians still held a wide edge in shots in the second period – 19-8 – and Vasili Podkolzin hammered in a one-timer to restore the lead late in the middle frame.

It was all Russia in the third period, starting with the second goal from Gushchin just 1:38 in.

Abramov made it a three-goal game at 8:54 off a pretty set-up from Likhachyov, Podkolzin drove the net to score his tournament co-leading fourth goal at 11:32 and Roman Bychkov blasted in a point shot on a final-minute power play to cap the offensive festivities.

Despite the loss, Derek Mullahy was a stand-out for the Americans, finishing with 47 saves.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mitchell Miller
Hooking (2:00)
08:01
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gushchin

Assists: Yaroslav Likhachyov, Mikhail Abramov
12:18
GOAL
Goal: Yaroslav Likhachyov

Assists: Mikhail Abramov, Daniil Gushchin
16:45
GOAL
Goal: Ilya Mironov

Assists: Ilya Nikolayev, Rodion Amirov
18:26
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sergei Alkhimov
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
01:46
GOAL
Goal: Robert Mastrosimone

Assists: Mitchell Miller
02:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Nikolayev
Interference (2:00)
02:51
GOAL
Goal: Arthur Kaliyev (power play)

Assists: Michael Mancinelli, Josh Nodler
03:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Grant Silianoff
Late Hit (2:00)
05:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Oleg Zaitsev
Late Hit (2:00)
07:32
GOAL
Goal: Sam Colangelo (power play)

Assists: Luke Reid, John Farinacci
08:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Cade Webber
Tripping (2:00)
10:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Feenstra
Delay of Game (2:00)
15:29
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin

Assists: Daniil Gutik, Ilya Nikolayev
17:33
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Daniil Gushchin

Assists: Yaroslav Likhachyov, Nikolai Burenov
01:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Mironov
Interference (2:00)
03:42
GOAL
Goal: Mikhail Abramov

Assists: Yaroslav Likhachyov
08:54
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Mironov
11:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Reid
Delay of Game (2:00)
17:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Toporowski
Slashing (2:00)
18:11
GOAL
Goal: Roman Bychkov (power play)

Assists: Mikhail Abramov, Daniil Gushchin
19:15

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Derek Mullahy USA 60 55 47 8 0.855
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 19 16 3 0.842

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 2 - Points 4
G 2 - A 2 - P 4
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 3 - Points 4
G 1 - A 3 - P 4
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 3 - Points 4
G 1 - A 3 - P 4

Previous Games

4 - 5 L @ RussiaRUS
Aug 11, 2018
5 - 4 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 11, 2018
5 - 6 L @ CanadaCAN
Aug 10, 2018
1 - 2 L v SwedenSWE
Aug 10, 2018
3 - 8 L @ RussiaRUS
Aug 8, 2018
8 - 3 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 8, 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.