Russia’s junior team is headed back to the gold medal game for the first time since 2007 after overcoming a late deficit to beat Sweden 4-3 in a shootout. A late goal by Sergei Kalinin tied things up for the Russians who let a 2-0 lead slip away. Goalie Dmitri Shikin stood on his head at times stopping 46 of 49 Sweden shots along with all 3 in the shootout.
Shikin originally started out the tournament on the bench but due to the team’s lackluster performance against Canada he has since taken the reigns and gone 4-1 stopping 123 shots of 133 faced. Russia will now face the winner of the US Canada game determined later this evening on Wednesday at 7:30 pm est.
Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring in the first period sneaking the puck past Sweden’s Robin Lehner’s right pad. Denis Golubev doubled the lead on a controversial play finding a pass from Stanislav Bocharov who beat both of Sweden’s defensmen as the icing call was waived by the referees.
Sweden answered back on the power play with a goal by Adam Larsson and would tie it thanks to Calle Järnkrok. The Swede’s would jump in front on another power-play goal by Patrick Cehlin and looked all but on their way to completing the comeback.
It wasn’t to be as with a mere minute and change left a flying Klanin would tap in the puck from a scramble to even things out once again. With no goals in the extra period, the game would be decided in a shootout where Golubev was the lone tally for Russia beating Lehner five-hole before Anton Lander rang his shot of the crossbar making Shikin the hero.
With the win, Russia does a complete turn-around after dropping their two opening games one of which was 2-0 loss to Sweden, and now find themselves on the brink of winning their first gold medal at the World Juniors for the first time since 2003. Below you will find highlights in both English and Russian.