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OTTAWA, January 5. /TASS/. Russia had good chances of winning the semi-final match of the IIHF World Junior Championship with a far more tangible advantage, chief coach Valery Bragin told the media after his trainees overpowered Sweden by four goals against one.
“It was essential to get as few penalties as possible. At even strength the opponents managed to achieved nothing,” Bragin said. “Our choice of tactics was correct. We felt great responsibility and stuck to the original plan. As for scoring opportunities, we might have well made it 6:1 or even 7:1.”
As for Aleksandr Dergachyov’s shot into Sweden’s net at the end of the second period, with Russia already leading by two goals to nothing, and the judge’s decision to cancel the goal, Bragin said: “It was impeccable. Somebody must’ve invented something. On the screen it was pretty clear the puck had crossed the line.”
The final is due on January 6 at 04:00 Moscow time. Russia will play the winner of the Canada-Slovakia semi-final.