Askarov earns shutout as Russia takes down Sweden

Askarov earns shutout as Russia takes down Sweden

Steven Ellis06 Nov 2018Steven Ellis»
 

Despite having some of the top offensive players in the tournament, Sweden couldn't find a way to penetrate the strong 22-save effort by Yaroslav Askarov in the Russian net as Russia would take the 3-0 shutout win to finish their round-robin schedule at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

 
 
 
 

Despite having some of the top offensive players in the tournament, Sweden couldn't find a way to penetrate the strong 22-save effort by Yaroslav Askarov in the Russian net as Russia would take the 3-0 shutout win to finish their round-robin schedule at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Swedes looked tired off the bat, having to play at 7:00 PM the night before, while Russia played in the early 12:00 PM game on Monday. It was evident early when at 2:05, Ivan Didkovski used his explosive speed to blow past William Eriksson in Sweden's zone before quickly switching from backhand to forehand to chip the puck over Calle Clang for the 1-0 goal.

Sweden, with all their stars, struggled to generate much offense. Instead, Pavel Tyutnev would make it 2-0 for the Russians after poking the puck away from Axel Kumlin in the neutral zone, coming in on a partial break before pulling off the same move as Didkovski, this time doubling up Russia's advantage. 

The day would get worse for Sweden. At 10:23, Vasili Ponomaryov did a beautiful job of outworking Elias Stenman to the puck. Ponomaryov would then find Daniil Gushchin in front, with Gushchin quickly sending it past Clang to make it 3-0. Zion Nybeck would get a chance shortly after to put Sweden on the board, but Russia had their number from start to finish to take the 3-0 victory on Tuesday.

With the win, Russia will take over first place for the time being in Group B. Finland, however, can take first with a regulation win over Canada Red later in the day. If Canada Red wins in regulation, then Russia would have the first-place tiebreaker.

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