MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. Players of the Russian national ice hockey team were confident on their home ice in Moscow on Sunday afternoon to defeat team USA 7-2 and win the bronze of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
For the second year in a row team USA is contesting the bronze against the championship’s hosting nation. Last year the US squad defeated hosting team from the Czech Republic 3-0 to win the bronze, but this year the match scenario was completely different.
The score was opened in the first period by Russian defender Vyacheslav Voinov. The two-time Stanley Cup winner put the puck into the US goal almost from the blue line on the seventh minute of the opening period.
Some seven minutes later his teammate Sergei Mozyakin was left unattended and with some seconds granted he had enough time to take the aim and cannoned a goal under the upper bar. Russia’s both goals were unanswered by the US squad as both teams retreated for the break ahead of the next period.
In the middle of the second period Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk nicely tamed the puck sending it to Ivan Telegin, who executed the assist from his teammate by scoring another goal for Russia.
Minutes later the duo of Artemi Panarin and Yevgeny Dadonov outplayed a single defender in front of the American goal and the following goal from Dadonov increased Russia’s home ice dominance to 4-0.
US forward Frank Vatrano saved his team from this game’s blank-out by Russians and less than two minutes after Dadonov’s goal he shut the puck into the net past goaltender Sergei Bobrovski to shake the score to 4-1.
His goal, however, stayed unanswered for less than a minute, when assisted by Anton Belov Russia’s forward Artemi Panarin brought back Russia’s four-point dominance over US upping the match’s score to 5-1.
With over three minutes into the closing period it was US forward Vatrano again to backhand a goal into the Russian net reducing his team’s four-goal deficit to 5-2.
However, with less than seven minutes left to play in the match, Russia’s Sergei Mozyakin scored for his team on the assist from captain Datsyuk - 6-2.
This championship’s one of the best scorers Vadim Shipachyov decided to call it a day in the match just seven seconds before the final siren and scored another goal to seal the final score at 7-2.
The match for the gold will be played later in the evening at the 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in the Russian capital between reigning champions Canada and team Finland, who on Saturday defeated host Russia 3-1 in a semifinal match.
This is the 7th IIHF World Championship held in Russia as it was hosted by Moscow five times, namely in 1957, 1973, 1979, 1986 and 2007, and once by St. Petersburg in 2000.
Next edition of the IIHF World Championship will be held in 2017 and hosted jointly by Germany’s Cologne and the French capital of Paris between May 5 and 21.