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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #17
Bronze
Final
August 11, 2018 3:00 pm MDT
Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
4
4
0
2
3
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
8
16
30
13
15
7
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
3 / 6
10
3 / 5
14

Game Story

PODKOLZIN LEADS RUSSIA TO HLINKA GRETZKY BRONZE

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Vasili Podkolzin finished his hat trick as part of a seven-goal third period, and Russia held off a pesky United States side to earn a 5-4 win Saturday and win bronze at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The three-goal effort caps a tremendous performance for the Russian captain, who found the back of the net in all five games and leads the tournament in goals (eight) and points (11) with just the gold medal game remaining.

Special teams ruled the day for both teams; the Russians and Americans combined to go 6-for-11 on the power play, with each converting three times with the man advantage.

U.S. goaltender Derek Mullahy was the story early, turning aside all 13 shots he faced in the first period to keep the game scoreless, and stretching out to rob Ilya Nikolayev with his right toe early in the second.

But penalty trouble doomed the Americans in the middle frame; a pair of minors just 29 seconds apart gave Russia a two-man advantage, and they converted on both halves.

Yaroslav Likhachyov was first at 5:39, knocking in a bouncing puck at the side of the net, and Podkolzin snapped in a cross-ice feed from Daniil Gutik 42 seconds later to make it 2-0.

The Americans finally broke through on a power play of their own early in the third period when captain John Farinacci found a loose puck at the side of the net and beat netminder Yaroslav Askarov, but Podkolzin found space and rifled in his second of the game just over two minutes after that to restore the two-goal lead.

That was it for scoring until the final seven minutes, when the teams went off for five goals.

Arthur Kaliyev pulled the U.S. back within one at 13:53, knocking in a second-chance whack at the top of the crease, but Podkolzin finished his hat trick in style by splitting the defence and dancing around Mullahy only 22 seconds later.

Nicholas Robertson whipped in a wrist shot on the power play to make it 4-3 with 2:32 to go, but again the Russians answered within a minute; Nikolayev burst into the offensive zone, spun around one American and slipped the puck through the legs of another before beating Mullahy for the eventual game-winner.

Josh Nodler swept in the fourth American goal with 18 seconds left and Mullahy on the bench for an extra attacker, but that would be as close as the U.S. would get.

The win gives Russia bronze for the third time in four years at the tournament, and runs its all-time summer under-18 medal total to 15 (three gold, four silver, eight bronze).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jackson Jutting
Interference (2:00)
13:59
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Robert Mastrosimone
Hooking (2:00)
04:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Toporowski
Tripping (2:00)
04:55
GOAL
Goal: Yaroslav Likhachyov (power play)

Assists: Mikhail Abramov, Yegor Spiridonov
05:39
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin (power play)

Assists: Daniil Gutik
06:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Semyon Chistyakov
Tripping (2:00)
07:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniil Gutik
Hooking (2:00)
17:14
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Sedov
Delay of Game (2:00)
01:29
GOAL
Goal: John Farinacci (power play)

Assists: Grant Silianoff
03:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Toporowski
High-Sticking (2:00)
04:00
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin (power play)

Assists: Ilya Nikolayev
05:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Toporowski
Roughing (2:00)
11:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Sedov
Interference (2:00)
13:32
GOAL
Goal: Arthur Kaliyev (power play)

Assists: Michael Mancinelli, Mitchell Miller
13:53
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Mironov
14:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Mikhail Abramov
Tripping (2:00)
15:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasili Podkolzin
Slashing (2:00)
16:57
GOAL
Goal: Nicholas Robertson (power play)

Assists: John Farinacci, Arthur Kaliyev
17:28
GOAL
Goal: Ilya Nikolayev

Assists: Vasili Podkolzin
18:22
GOAL
Goal: Josh Nodler

Assists: Mitchell Miller, Robert Mastrosimone
19:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Semyon Chistyakov
Boarding (2:00)
20:00

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Derek Mullahy USA 58 35 30 5 0.857
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 30 26 4 0.867

Game Leaders

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

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.