MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. The Russian national ice hockey team confidently cruised by Belarus with 6-0 win in their third group stage match of the 2018 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship, which runs in Denmark on May 4-20.
The score was opened on the sixth minute into the first period with a goal from Russian team’s captain Pavel Datsyuk, who netted the puck assisted by Yevgeni Dadonov.
The Red Machine dominated over Belarus throughout the opening period, with the statistics showing Russia’s 12 shots on the goal against four from Belarus, but never scored again before retreating to their locker rooms for the break ahead of the middle period.
Over five minutes after the break, Russia’s Maxim Shalunov scored another goal for his team and some four minutes later his teammate Ilya Kablukov put another puck into the net of their opponents.
With half a minute remaining in the second period, Russia increased its advantage over Belarus to 4-0 with a power-play goal from Artyom Anisimov.
The closing 20-minute stretch of the match saw unstoppable Russia scoring two more goals in the first half of the period (Maxim Mamin - 6th minute and Pavel Datsyuk - 8th minute) bringing the score to 6-0, which remained flashing on the scoreboard unchanged until the final siren.
The Russians, who are the reigning Olympic champions, enjoyed confident wins in their previous two opening group stage matches of this world championship, first beating France 7-0 and then defeating team Austria with the same winning score of 7-0.
The Red Machine maintains the lead in its Group A (shared with France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland, Slovakia and Sweden) with nine points and will be playing its next group stage match on May 10 against the squad from the Czech Republic.
Team Belarus lost all of its previous three group stage matches and is set to meet with Switzerland on May 9.
Group B includes the national teams from Finland, the United States, Canada, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Latvia and South Korea.