In the second match of the 2019 IIHF World Championship, the senior Russian national team proved too strong for Austria, claiming a thumping 5:0 victory in Bratislava, Slovakia.
After a slow start, Evgeny Dadonov got Russia on the board in the 13th minute, lashing a powerful one timer into the net from the high slot after the Austrians had contrived to take a penalty.
The Russians had to wait a long time for the second, but after Nikita Kucherov eventually doubled lead late in the second frame, competition debutant Ivan Telegin promptly made it 3:0 with 40 minutes in the books. In the concluding period, Evgeny Dadonov and Ilya Kovalchuk hit the target, sealing a confident 5:0 victory!
Goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev stopped all 15 shots he faced to tally a well-deserved shutout.
Russia - Austria - 5:0 (1:0, 2:0, 2:0)
1:0 Dadonov (Kucherov, Gusev), 12.15
2:0 Kucherov (Gusev), 34.23
3:0 Telegin (Kovalchuk), 34.59
4:0 Dadonov (Sergachyov, Malkin), 40.15
5:0 Kovalchuk (Orlov, Kuznetsov), 44.06
Goalkeepers: Georgiev - Starkbaum
Shots on target: 37 - 15
Faceoffs: 26 - 23
Penalty minutes: 2 - 8