Russia '85 victorious at the Five Nations Cup

FEB.9 -- Russian '85 team coached by Vladimir Kryuchkov finished first at the Five Nations Cup in Czech Republic. The victory came despite a disappointing loss in team's last contest in a shut-out against Sweden on Sunday.

Goaltenders Rusland Sidikov and Christoph Heino-Lindberg had to face 56 and 53 shots respectively during the regulation and overtime in this tough fought contest.

Russia went ahead on a first period goal by Konstantin Glazachev. But Sweden equalized early in the second on the effort from Carl Söderberg. Konstantin Makarov put Russia ahead for the last time at 15:09, but less than three minutes later Söderberg tallied again to keep the score at even heading into the final period.

Mattias Karlsson gave Tre Kronor the lead with a goal at 6:53 of the third, just as Russia's Artyom Nosov stepped on the ice from the penalty box.

Russians pressed ferociously in the closing minutes and equalized with less than two minutes left to play. Dmitry Pestunov got his third goal of the tournament not without a little help from Johan Fransson who was serving a cross-checking major.

Russia successfully killed two penalties in the additional five minutes period, as Sweden outshot them 8-6.

The game was decided in a shoot-out. Sweden's Linus Videll added a game winning goal to a couple of assists he gathered during regulation action.

It was a second meeting between two sides this season. In August Russia defeated Sweden 6-2 in Slovakia.

This tournament in Prague was the last preparatory stage for the World U-18 Championship held next April in Yaroslavl. The roster selected by Kryuchkov for this recent event was close to optimal.

Up front Russia lacked Ruslan Khasanshin, Sergei Shtymenko and Alexander Ovechkin, whose club asked not to call him for the event as according to them he's in need of rest. Enigmatic Ivan Khomutov was somewhat of a surprise absentee - however his woes with High League Elektrostal (his loan was recently terminated and he returned to CSKA) this season may explain his non invitation. Ovechkin and Khasanshin should provide Kryuchkov with more scoring. A couple of '86 born forwards Dmitry Shitikov and Denis Parshin were Russia's best during recent U-17 tournaments and could also challenge for the roster spot. Forwards that failed to impress include Podolsks' Denis Loginov and Denis Tolpeko.

On defense Yaroslavl's Dmitry Megalinsky may snick in for unconvincing Dmitry Vorobiev. Nikita Bazhukov and diminutive Andrei Karev could improve Russia's defense as well.

Finally in goal Ruslan Sidikov seems to be the better choice for the starter job. Meantime the coaching staff should search for a better No.2 than Sergei Borisov. Solutions? Nikita Zakharenko, Nikita Tikhomirov or perhaps even Temerlan Akayev...

Game summary:

RUSSIA vs SWEDEN  3-4 (1-0, 1-2, 1-1, 0-0, 0-1) Shut-Out.

RUSSIA: Sidikov. Nosov - Pervyshin, Ezhov - Kosmachev, Vorobiev - Garipov, Panin - Misharin. Makarov - Pestunov - Chernykh, Glazachev - Ivanov - R.Petrov, D.Petrov - Shafigullin - Zhurun, Tolpeko - Loginov - Naurov.

First period:
1-0 RUS 17:52  Glazachev,4 (R.Petrov, Ivanov)
Penalties: Fransson SWE (interference) 0:22. Panin RUS (tripping) 2:46. Lindström SWE (tripping) 3:11. Nosov RUS (holding) 9:06. Lindström SWE (roughing) 12:52. D.Petrov RUS (slashing) 18:27.

Second period:
1-1 SWE  4:21  Söderberg (Videll, Hollström)
2-1 RUS 15:09  Makarov,1 (Pestunov, Vorobiev)
2-2 SWE 17:53  Söderberg (Videll)
Penalties: Hollström SWE (slashing) 7:09. Engman SWE (slashing) 9:18. Olsson SWE (holding stick) 16:45. Shafigullin RUS (charging) 17:01. Eriksson SWE (hooking) 19:07.

Third period:
3-2 SWE  6:53  Karlsson (Lindström)
3-3 RUS 18:19  Pestunov,3 (Makarov, Chernykh)  (pp)
Penalties: Karlsson SWE (cross-check) 0:48. Nosov RUS (kneeing) 4:49. Nosov RUS (slashing) 8:46. Fransson SWE (cross-checking major, game misconduct) 14:11. Ivanov RUS (holding-stick) 18:55.

Overtime:
Penalty: Kosmachev RUS (interference) 3:32.

Shoot-out:
3-4 SWE  Videll

Goalies: Sidikov (L,1-1-0) 53/56 - Heino-Lindberg 50/53.

Shots:
RUS  12 16 19 6 -- 53
SWE  17 18 13 8 -- 56

Power play: Russia 1/8, Sweden 0/8.
February 9. Prague. A - 459.
 

Tournament Standings

Rk Team                GP  W WO WS  L LO LS  GF-GA  TP

 1 RUSSIA               4  2  1  0  0  0  1  18-15   9
 2 SWEDEN               4  1  0  2  0  1  0  14-10   8
 3 CZECH REPUBLIC       4  2  0  0  0  1  1  16-10   8
 4 UNITED STATES        4  1  1  0  2  0  0  11-10   5
 5 FINLAND              4  0  0  0  4  0  0   7-21   0

Scoring Leaders

Player                  Team     G  A  TP

Konstantin Glazachev    RUS      4  5   9
Dmitry Pestunov         RUS      3  5   8
T.J. Hensick            USA      5  1   6
Rostislav Olesz         CZE      1  5   6
Roman Petrov            RUS      3  2   5
Linus Videll            SWE      3  2   5
Jakub Petruzalek        CZE      3  2   5

Team Russia Statistics

Player              GP   G  A  TP  +/-  PIM

K.Glazachev          4   4  5   9   +5    0
D.Pestunov           4   3  5   8   -1    2
R.Petrov             4   3  2   5   +4    0
A.Ivanov             4   2  2   4   +2    4
D.Chernykh           4   1  3   4   +2    0
A.Pervyshin          4   0  4   4   +1    0
A.Zhurun             4   1  2   3  even   2
K.Makarov            4   1  2   3   -3   27
D.Petrov             4   1  1   2   -1    6
D.Vorobiev           4   0  2   2   -3   25
A.Garipov            4   1  0   1   -4    2
A.Naurov             4   1  0   1   +1    4
G.Panin              4   0  1   1   +3    6
D.Kosmachev          4   0  1   1   -1    8
A.Nosov              4   0  1   1   +3   12
D.Ezhov              4   0  0   0  even   0
G.Misharin           4   0  0   0   +2    2
D.Loginov            4   0  0   0  even   0
D.Tolpeko            4   0  0   0  even   0
G.Shafigullin        4   0  0   0  even   2

Goalie              GP  MINS  G.AA  GA  SO  SVS   SV%

R.Sidikov            3   137  3.07   7   0   75  .915
S.Borisov            2   108  4.44   8   0   51  .864

RSB (C) 2003