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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #5
Preliminary
Final
August 7, 2018 3:00 pm MDT
Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
11
10
35
8
9
9
26

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 7
22
1 / 4
18

Game Story

ASKAROV STARS, RUSSIA BLANKS CZECHS AT HLINKA GRETZKY

JASON LA ROSE

RED DEER, Alta. – Yaroslav Askarov was perfect, making 35 saves and backstopping Russia to a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in preliminary-round action Tuesday at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The Russians are alone atop Group B with two wins in as many games, although they could be joined by the United States later Tuesday night.

Coming off a 6-0 loss to the Americans on Monday, the Czechs carried much of the play in the first period, outshooting Russia 14-8, but trailed by a pair of goals after 20 minutes.

Yegor Chinakhov got the scoring started just past the midway mark of the opening frame, finishing a give-and-go with Arseni Gritsyuk for a power-play goal, and Yaroslav Likhachyov whipped a quick shot past Czech netminder Nick Malik with 81 seconds left in the first.

Askarov and Malik took care of the second period, making 11 and nine saves, respectively, in a scoreless stanza, before Vasili Podkolzin put the game out of reach 12 minutes into the third, driving to the net to jam in a loose puck.

The only question that remained was whether or not Askarov would get the shutout, and he turned aside all 10 of the shots he faced in the final 20 minutes to complete the clean-sheet.

Since edging Canada 4-3 in a pre-tournament game Saturday, the Czechs have yet to find the back of the net; they have gone exactly 130 minutes without a goal since Martin Has’ game-winner against the Canadians.

Russia goes for a perfect prelims Wednesday when it faces off against the United States (7 p.m. MT), right after the Czechs meet Finland (3 p.m. MT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Semyon Chistyakov
Slashing (2:00)
04:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Teply
Hooking (2:00)
09:47
GOAL
Goal: Yegor Chinakhov (power play)

Assists: Arseni Gritsyuk, Nikita Sedov
10:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Sergei Alkhimov
Slashing (2:00)
11:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Teply
Hooking (2:00)
12:55
GOAL
Goal: Yaroslav Likhachyov

Assists: Mikhail Abramov, Daniil Gushchin
18:39
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Kubicek
Roughing (2:00)
08:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Oleg Zaitsev
Tripping (2:00)
10:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Kubicek (Served by Pavel Novak)
Hit to the Head (2:00)
12:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Yaroslav Likhachyov
Late Hit (2:00)
13:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Kubicek
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
14:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Mlcak
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasili Podkolzin
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
15:42
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Tyuvilin
Holding (2:00)
02:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasili Podkolzin
Hooking (2:00)
05:11
GOAL
Goal: Vasili Podkolzin

Assists: Ilya Nikolayev, Daniil Gutik
11:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Raska
Roughing (2:00)
15:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Vasili Podkolzin
Roughing (2:00)
15:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Ilya Nikolayev
Slashing (2:00)
17:19

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Nick Malik CZE 60 26 23 3 0.885
Yaroslav Askarov RUS 60 35 35 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 3 - SV - 23 - SAV% - 0.885
GA 0 - SV - 35 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

8 - 3 W v SlovakiaSVK
Aug 10, 2018
5 - 4 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 11, 2018
4 - 3 W @ FinlandFIN
Aug 8, 2018
1 - 2 L v SwedenSWE
Aug 10, 2018
0 - 3 L @ RussiaRUS
Aug 7, 2018
8 - 3 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: RUS 5 – USA 4 (Bronze Medal)
Polkolzin scored a hat trick to lead the Russians to the bronze medal.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Gold Medal)
Mutala and Lafrenière had 2G each, and Canada won a 22nd U18 gold.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: SWE 2 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Henriksson scored with 44 seconds left to send Sweden to the final.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: FIN 8 – SUI 2 (7th Place)
Nikkanen had 2G 4A, and the Finns scored five in the first period.