Russia ousts US in world junior hockey quarters
MONTREAL (AP) — Russia defeated the United States 3-2 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the hockey world junior championships, while Sweden knocked out defending champion Finland.
Ivan Barbashev and Sergei Tolchinski had power-play goals and Alexander Sherov also scored for Russia. Igor Shestyorkin provided strong goaltending, with the Americans outshooting Russia 41-25.
“Before the game everyone said we are underdogs,” Russian coach Valeri Bragin said. “I agree with that because the American team has a lot of skilled players and is well organized, but we capitalized on our chances in the beginning of the game, and we had solid goaltending. Our team showed real team spirit.”
Defensemen Anthony DeAngelo and Zach Werenski scored for the Americans, who finished out of the medals for the second straight year after winning two years ago in Russia.
Russia advanced to a semifinal in Toronto against Sweden, a 6-3 winner over Finland in Toronto on Friday.
In the other quarterfinals, Slovakia beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Montreal to set up a semifinal game against the winner of the late game between Canada and Denmark in Toronto.
Sweden had three power-play goals against Finland to push its tournament total to 12. Lucas Wallmark scored twice for the Swedes.
“Our power play is working really well,” said William Nylander, who had two assists to tie teammate Oskar Lindblom for the tournament scoring lead with nine points. “We have a lot of confidence now. We beat Russia last time, so we just have to refresh the bodies and get ready.”
In Game 1 of the best-of-three regulation series, Switzerland beat Germany 5-2.