On the 20th of December, the under 20 Russian national team played their first pre World Junior Championship friendly match since arriving in Canada. Head coach Valery Bragin opted for an experimental line-up, with several key players such as Kirill Kaprizov and Ilya Samsonov missing. Vladislav Sukhachyov was handed the start in net.
It started well for Russia, as forward German Rubtsov opened the scoring in the first period. However, known for being dogged opponents, Denmark equalised early on in the third period.
Proceedings went all the way to overtime, where Yakov Trenin won the game for Russia on a three on three format. After the match, the teams played a traditional penalty shootout which Denmark won.
The team's next friendly will take place on December 22nd against Sweden. Russia U20's head coach will then decide who gets picked for the World Championship roster.
Russia U20 - Denmark U20 - 2:1 OT (1:0, 0:0, 0:1 - 1:0)
1:0 Rubtsov (Tyanulin, Volkov), 07.02
1:1 Kristensen, 43.37
2:1 Trenin (Korostelev), 64.21
Goalkeepers: Sukhachyov - Petersen
Russian Ice Hockey Federation