L i b e r e c - The game between Russia and Switzerland was equal for the majority of play. The decision came in the 56th minute from the stick of the grandson of a famous Russian coach, Viktor Tikhonov. The team of the Helvetic cross managed to bring the game within one goal but nothing more.
|Russia - Switzerland 4:3 (1:1, 2:1, 1:1)|
|Goals and Assists: 2. Korolev (Chudinov), 21. Sayustov (Kurbatov), 38. Gordeyev (Filatov, Bodrov), 56. Tikhonov (Golubtsov) - 10. Jacquemet (Weber, Froidevaux), 29. Wieser (Bykov), 58. Suri (Maurer).
Referee: Konc, Sindel - Blumel, Masik.
Powerplay goals: 1:1.
|Russia: Bobrovsky - Kalimulin, Kurbatov, Doronin, Seleznev, Voinov, Alexandrov, Chudinov - Tikhonov, Sayustov, Golubtsov - Gordeyev, Bodrov, Kugryshev - Filatov, Mamin, Cherepanov - Dadonov, Milekhin, Anisimov - Korolev.|
|Switzerland: Flueler - Weber, Josi, Sbisa, Geering, Maurer, Stoop, Welti - Berger, Froidevaux, Jacquemet - Sciaroni, Bykov, Wieser - Lemm, Lotscher, Suri - Hollenstein, Donati, Schlagenhauf - Augsburger.|
Team Switzerland entered the game with more energy than its rival but it was Russia who took advantage of the first chance. At time 01:31 Chudinov found lonely Antona Koroleva in front of the crease and Fleuler gave up a goal for the first time. The opening game for the Swiss goaltender didn´t begin well, the first shot on him ended up in goal. After scoring a goal, Russia drove its rival into his defensive zone but Fleuler managed to cope with the other shots.
Swiss players got in the game thanks to a powerplay and shot a goal readily. Weber fired from the blue line and Arnaud Jacquemet deflected the puck behind the goal line. Players with the white cross on their breasts could have reversed the score but a shot by Weber was caught by Bobrovsky. Tikhonov had a great chance on the other side but missed the goal. Both team left for locker room with the score tied up.
The second period started with a penalty for Weber, followed by his teammate Mauer and Russia had the opportunity to score in a 5 on 3 powerplay which the players managed to accomplish. Fleuler deflected Kurbatov´s shot right to Dmitrii Sayustov, who easily tidied up the puck into the goal. The Swiss managed to answer the second Russian goal soon too. Berger´s shot from close angle deflected off Bobrovsky but Dino Wieser returned the puck back and found a hole between the pads.
„It was a highly important game for us. We wanted to show that we are able to play an equal game against a team such as Russia, after yesterday´s loss. Russia has got a great team and it is an ice hockey giant and we were only one step behind them today,“ the Swiss defenseman Patrick Geering added after the game.
Players of the Helvetic cross country managed to have some scoring chances after they had tied the score. Especially Lemm with Lotscher were really near scoring but the Russian goaltender survived. Augsburger led the next attack but missed the goal, the Russians counter-attack resulted in the leading goal. Filatov ran away along the boards and found Artem Gordeyev, who, with a help of the post, scored the third goal.
The last act began with a great chance for Russia. Fleuler excelled when catching shots from Bodrov, Kurgyshev and Gordeyev. A post stopped the shot of Stoop from the blue line on the other side. Team Switzerland was better at that time but Bobrovsky faced mainly shots from a distance. Two minutes later Wieser and Scaroni made a push into the Russian zone. The first one chose a shot that Bobrovsky deflected.
Probably the last piece of the puzzle could have been added by Dadonov, who cleverly deflected Alexandrovov´s shot but it hit the post., Viktor Tikhonov did what Dadonov didn´t manage to do, when he raised the score to 4:2. The Swiss managed to score when Reto Suri deflected Mauers shot in the 58th minute., and added his second goal at the tournament. The Swiss coaches took a time out and they were offered a chance to play 6 on 4 powerplay . The Swiss empty net didn´t result in a goal either and Russia added another victory to the standings. “We are going to sit for a while in the evening and celebrate a bit, but nothing big,“ Geering explained the Swiss plans for the last day of the year.