December 28th 2014: Switzerland vs Russia
Score: 7-0 Russia
On the back of an impressive win over Czech Republic, Switzerland came out flying and carried play early against the Russians.
The Swiss were able to generate several good scoring chances, and did well cycling the puck down low against the Russian defense. They were unable to capitalize on those chances, though. At the other end, after some sustained Russia pressure, which led to a Phil Baltisberger penalty, Rushan Rafikov scored a powerplay marker to give Russia a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after that, a Swiss turnover in the neutral zone proved costly as Alexander Dergachyov put a shot on net and it squeaked through Gauthier Descloux to give Russia a 2-0 lead.
The Russians weren’t done there as Ivan Barbashev carried the puck through the neutral zone and safely into the Swiss zone before dropping it to Pavel Buchnevich, who scored on a perfect shot to make it 3-0.
It seemed like Russia could do no wrong in this one. Even when they got themselves into serious penalty trouble in the 2nd, they still managed to get away unscathed, even though Swiss had a five minute powerplay and two 5-on-3’s.
Not long after killing several penalties Nikolay Goldobin set up Sergei Tolchinsky on a tic-tac-toe goal to put Russia up 4-0.
Russia continued to add to their big lead as they scored a few more along the way en route to a 7-0 win over the Swiss.
Ivan Barbashev (Blues) – Barbashev was creating early and often in this one, as he screened Descloux on Russia’s 1st goal, and made a great play carrying the through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone before assisting on Buchnevich’s goal that gave Russia a 3-0 lead. He also assisted on Russia’s 7th goal. On top of the plays he made offensively, he was also defensively responsible and played a strong 200-foot game.
Pavel Buchnevich (Rangers) – He assisted on the game’s 1st goal (game-winner) and scored Russia’s 3rd goal on a beautiful shot. He also forced a turnover in the offensive zone before centering it and eventually assisting on Russia’s 7th goal. Buchnevich was a threat almost every shift, and may have been the best player on the ice in this one.
Igor Shestyorkin (Rangers) – Switzerland had plenty of chances early and Shestyorkin made some quality saves to keep them off the board, which allowed Russia to get their feet underneath themselves. Russia took a ton of penalties in the 2nd, too, and they killed them all off in large part due to Shestyorkin. He made 32 saves in the shutout victory.