OTTAWA, January 5. /TASS/. Russia’s national ice hockey team will have at least a 50-percent chance of emerging the winner in the final match of the world championship for players under 20 years of age, the main goalkeeper, Igor Shestyorkin, told the media after Russia beat Sweden in the semi-final by four goals to one.
“We still have the strength to play the final. Emotion will add a lot. In the decisive match the chances will be split evenly. Possibly, we shall play Canada. It may be a dream final we all have looked forward to. Canada are a strong and well-trained rival. It’s going to be tough,” Shestyorkin said.
As he looked back on the semi-final, the goalkeeper said it had been easy at all.
“We just managed to use the scoring opportunities we had, we did a good job in the defence and strictly followed the coaches’ instructions. My great thanks to my partners who blocked almost all shots. The pressure on the field players had been far greater than on me. Naturally, our victory was a common achievement. All guys were just great, all fought tooth and claw. On the pitch we were like a fist.”
The final is due on January 6 at 04:00 Moscow time. Russia is to play the winner of the Canada-Slovakia semi-final.