Russia (1-0-0-2) @ Germany (1-0-0-2)
Both teams fighting for their tournament lives, a win sends you to the elimination round while a regulation loss sends you to the relegation round. There is no room for error anymore, as Yaroslav Askarov would get the start for the Russians. A very high-pressure spot for the 17-year old, some may be surprised the Russians decided to go with him. Hendrik Hane would get the nod in net for Germany, he has pretty much carried the load for the Germans in this tournament.
It’s fairly unfortunate that Germany got put into this group, despite only getting the one win so far they may be one of the best 10th seeds this tournament has seen for a long time. They simply were not up to the task today against the Russians. Russia has a bad stigma of playing down to their opponents, this is a game where they could not afford to do that and it showed. Kirill Marchenko would get the Russians on the board twice in the first period, giving them a 2-0 lead into the locker room and in control of this game.
In a game where there was no margin for error, the Germans shot themselves in the foot in the second period. Allowing the Russians to score on three powerplays. Denisenko gets the first one and then Dorofeyev would pot two as well, giving the Russians a 5-0 lead going into the second period and all but eliminating the Germans from the tournament.
If it didn’t seem out of reach already, Dmitry Voronkov would score 38 seconds into the third period, snuffing out any little hope of a German comeback. The Germans would not go silently into the night though, as expected, they outplayed the Russians for the majority of the third period outshooting them 9-5. As icing on the cake, Nino Kinder would stop Askarov’s shutout bid late in the third period. However, the Russians would hold on and win the game 6-1. Sending the Germans to the relegation round where they will meet Kazhakstan in a Best of 3 to determine who will get relegated and who will be back next year in Edmonton & Red Deer.
They will join Austria as the bottom seeds, Austria won the Division I, Group A tournament earlier this month to earn their spot in the 2021 World Junior Championship. The Russians will find themselves in a quarterfinal matchup against Switzerland. The pre-tournament favorites by many heads into the quarterfinals with a lot of uncertainty around their game. If Russia wants to go for gold in this tournament, they will need to play a lot better.
Powerplay and Shots
3/5 PP 0/6 PP
31 shots 23 shots
Players of the Game
– Kirill Marchenko
– Hendrik Hane
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