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2018 World Junior Championship. Quarter-final. USA – Russia

The under 20 Russian national team will take on the USA in the 2018 World Junior Championship quarter-final.

It’s been a mixed tournament for Russia so far, with our players dropping two defeats against the Czech Republic (4:5) and Sweden (3:4 SO), while beating both Switzerland and Belarus by a score of 5:2. Young forward Klim Kostin is the team’s current top scorer, boasting six (4+2) points in just four matches. Goalkeeper Vladislav Sukhachyov has started three of the team’s four fixtures.

During the group stages, the Americans lost one match against Slovakia (2:3), winning the other three against Denmark (9:0), Canada (4:3 SO) and Finland (5:4). Casey Mittelstadt, holding an impressive nine (4+5), is the competition’s leading scorer.

In recent years, the Russians have twice beaten the Americans in the World Junior Championship quarter-finals, meaning that our team do stand a good chance of advancing to the next stage. However, in the 2017 semi-final, the USA claimed a dramatic penalty shootout victory.

Yesterday, Russia trained in these following lines:

Goalkeepers: Berdin, Melnichuk, Sukhachyov.

Blues: Zaitsev, Minulin – Manukyan, Rubtsov, Kayumov.

Reds: Knyzhov, Syomin – Sokolov, Maltsev, Polodyan.

Whites: Samorukov, Elizarov – Altybarmakyan, Sholokhov, Abramov.

Blacks: Makeev, Shepelev – Kostin, Ivanov, Svechnikov.

Puck drop is scheduled for 04:00 Moscow time. If you are in Russia, a live Match TV broadcast is available.

Russian Ice Hockey Federation