In South Korea, the male Olympic Athletes from Russia team took on Slovenia in the second tournament match. Head coach Oleg Znarok made a couple of changes to the line-up, notably leaving SKA forward Vadim Shipachyov out of the roster. Vasily Koshechkin and Luka Gracnar were the starting goaltenders.
Despite being hungry for a victory after losing the first match to Slovakia, our players struggled to really test the Slovenian defence during the opening stages. However, with the frame coming to an end, the team burst into life. Sergei Mozyakin smashed a huge one timer in on the powerplay, before SKA forward Ilya Kovalchuk's shot was deflected in by a Slovenian stick.
Holding the initiative, the Olympic Athletes from Russia team took complete charge of proceedings in the second period. Alexander Barabanov scored the second powerplay goal, neatly slotting into the right corner at point blank range. Ilya Kablukov then missed a penalty shot, but the same player made up for his error when beating the goaltender on the doorstep. Kirill Kaprizov made it 5:0, completing a wonderful play with an unstoppable slap shot. Jan Mursak got Slovenia on the board, but Ilya Kovalchuk grabbed his second to increase the lead to 6:1. For the first period, Ilya Sorokin replaced Vasily Koshechkin in net.
Kirill Kaprizov scored two beauties in the third frame, in turn completing an impressive hat trick. Slovenia's Ziga Pance registered a late consolation, but our team comfortably claimed a large 8:2 victory!
Olympic Athletes from Russia - Slovenia - 8:2 (2:0, 4:1, 2:1)
1:0 Mozyakin (Datsyuk, Gusev), 18.23
2:0 Kovalchuk (Yakovlev, Andronov), 18.45
3:0 Barabanov (Grigorenko, Kalinin), 26.00
4:0 Kablukov (Kovalchuk, Zub), 28.48
5:0 Kaprizov (Gusev, Kiselevich), 30.02
5:1 Mursak (Verlic, Kuralt), 33.31
6:1 Kovalchuk (Kalinin, Andronov), 37.16
7:1 Kaprizov (Datsyuk, Kiselevich), 41.15
8:1 Kaprizov (Zub, Gusev), 47.12
8:2 Pance, 59.27
Goalkeepers: Koshechkin/Sorokin - Gracnar
Shots on target: 34 - 15
Penalty minutes: 8 - 6