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2015 World Junior Hockey Championships: Day 3 Recap

By Skylar Peters

The World Junior Hockey Championships had a slow day at the office, but the goals kept on coming. Despite only having two games, offense shone, for two teams at least.

Switzerland: 0 – Russia: 7

After the Russians only picked up 2 out of 3 possible points in their tournament opener against Denmark on Friday, they put on an offensive show against the hapless Swiss at the Bell Centre. The Russians hadn’t generated much offense through the first sixth of the game, but as they got on the power-play, the landslide began. Rushan Rafikov’s goal on the man-advantage gave the Russians their eventual game-winner, but there was a long way to go before that was official. The Russians scored twice more in the first, as Alexander Dergachyov and Pavel Buchnevich scored 72 seconds apart to put the Swiss on their heels after the first period. Goals from Sergei Tolchinski and Alexander Sharov put the game away in the second period, and the Russians completed the beat-down in the third period with goals from Vladislav Kamenev and Vyacheslav Leshenko. The Swiss didn’t go down without a fight, however, as Russian goaltender Igor Shestyorkin had to make 32 saves to preserve his shutout. Switzerland split the goaltending duties between Gauthier Descloux and Ludovic Waeber, who each made 8 saves. However, the real story of the game came out of the first period, when Swiss blue-liner Phil Baltisberger was leveled by a hit from Russian forward Anatoli Golyshev just moments before a pass was intended to hit the Swiss player’s stick. Baltisberger was stretchered off the ice after being unable to get up, and Golyshev was assessed a game misconduct and a five-minute major, although the original call was a two-minute minor for interference.

USA: 6 – Germany: 0

Down the road at the Air Canada Centre, it was the same story, but different sweaters. The Americans took advantage of the German’s tough draw in round-robin, and put on an offensive show of their own. Auston Matthews netted his first goal of the tournament, and when the dust settled, it would stand as the game-winner. Dylan Larkin, captain Jack Eichel, Hudson Fasching, and Sonny Milano also found the net, though it was not easy. It was a little role reversal from the earlier game in Montreal, but on Sunday night, it was Ilya Sharipov put on a goaltending show, despite allowing six goals behind him. Sharipov was tremendous despite the final, making 47 saves, many of them highlight-reel worthy. At the other end, Brandon Halverson made 14 saves for the shutout performance.   The U.S. take on Slovakia on Monday, while the Germans have a much-needed day off.   The tournament returns with a full slate of games on Monday, with the Czech Republic taking on Denmark, Sweden facing Russia, and Finland searching for their first win against host Canada.   Thanks for reading! For more Blackhawks conversation, like us on Facebook: Blackhawk Up, and follow us on Twitter: @Blackhawk_Up.