World Juniors Day 3: Russia Holds of Czech Republic, USA Stomps Kazakhstan

Jerred Bapty
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, December 29, 2018

VANCOUVER/VICTORIA, BC – Another penalty-filled affair and a hard-fought battle by both the Russians and the Czechs ended in a 2-1 victory for Russia. 

The Czechs’ problem wasn’t their penalty kill, they kill all 5 powerplays against them, it was their own powerplay. The Czechs coughed up 2 short-handed goals that ended up being the difference. They did manage a powerplay goal of their own, but their man advantage will have to be better if they want to make it into the medal rounds. 

The Russians on the other hand improve to 2-0 at the tournament but, have barely squeaked by in both wins. A team that is known to be a powerhouse hasn’t seemed overly strong against supposedly weaker opponents in the early going of the tournament. 

Russia has Saturday off before taking on Switzerland Sunday, while the Czechs are back at it against Canada Saturday night. 

USA Man-handles Kazakhstan 

The Americans absolutely pelted the Kazakh net with 66 shots enroute to an 8-2 win. It seemed somewhat unnecessary to shoot that much against a country just happy to be in the tournament. 

Andrei Buyalskiy got the first goal for Kazakhstan and the Canadian crowd erupted as the chorus of ‘Sweet Caroline’ blared over the sound system in Victoria. 

Joel Farabee came back with a hattrick for the Americans to close the 1stperiod at 4-1. 

The Kazakhs had some goalie troubles and had to change over a couple times. Vladislav Nurek got the start after Demid Yeremeyev put on an incredible performance in their 5-0 loss to Finland, but Nurek tweaked his leg when he sprawled out to make a post-to-post save in the 1st. Yeremeyev came in to relive him and stopped 25 shots before Nurek came back in to finish the game. Nurek made 33 saves at the end of the game. 

For anyone who’s counting, that’s 76 saves for Yeremeyev in back-to-back games. 

The Americans take on Sweden in a battle for 1stplace in Group B later Saturday night while the Kazakhs have Saturday off before facing off against Slovakia on Sunday. 

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