BEIJING, February 11. /TASS/. Players of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) men's ice hockey team defeated 2-0 the national squad from Denmark on Friday at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.
The goals were scored by Pavel Karnaukhov on the 29th minute and Kirill Semyonov with five seconds shy of the final buzzer.
Speaking after the match, ROC Team’s goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov said in an interview with the IIHF (the International Ice Hockey Federation) press office that it was ‘nice’ to get the shootout during the match with the Danes "but, like I said, the most important games are still to come."
"Right now it doesn’t matter if we win 1-0, 2-0 or 5-4, the most important thing is to win. It was a good game, not as many shots as against Switzerland, but I tried to keep myself alert. There were times when I needed to be in the game," Fedotov, who finished the match against Denmark with 16-save clean sheet, added.
Alexei Zhamnov, the head coach of the Russian ice hockey squad at the 2022 Olympics, was skeptical after the win over Denmark saying: "We’ve won two games but I’m not happy how we’re playing offensively."
"We don’t control the puck, we don’t have traffic in front of the net and too much playing around the outside," Zhamnov continued. "That’s why we haven’t scored many goals, and in upcoming games it’s going to be tougher."
"Teams are going to get better and better, so we have to be ready for that and we want to make sure our forwards start working in the attacking zone," the Russian head coach noted. "Defensively, we’ve played well but offensively, we haven’t started playing yet."
The ice hockey competition at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing runs between February 9 and 20. The team of Russian ice hockey players was seeded in Group B along with the squads from Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Denmark.
On February 9, Team ROC defeated Switzerland in their group stage opener and now tops Group B with six points after two matches. Denmark is 2nd with three points after two matches, the Czechs are 3rd with two points after two matches played and Switzerland round up the group’s standings with one point points after two matches played.
Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) are now scheduled to play its next Group B match against the Czech Republic on February 12.
The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing are being held between February 4 and 20. During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2008) as well as the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2022).
At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, the Russian national ice hockey team played under the status of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) and eventually won the Olympic gold defeating Germany 4-3 in sudden death overtime in the final match.
Russian athletes at Beijing-2022
Due to international sanctions against Russian sports, athletes from Russia are competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing under the flag and logo of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.
The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in China. The First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was selected to be played at awarding ceremonies for Russian Olympians in Beijing.