John Gibson deserved better stopping 28 shots in a 2-1 Russia win over the scrappy USA squad who stalled offensively.
Gibson had 28 saves but found himself in a tough position when the game winner was netted. Jacob Trouba stayed hot this tournament by scoring the American’s only goal to tie the contest up and set up a thrilling finish. The Russians did just enough to win although they did not control the action early on.
Vladimir Tkachyov and Albert Yarullin scored for the Russian squad to give them the lead in round play for the moment winning in regulation and getting all 3 points.
Team USA will get a day off before facing defending champs Team Canada early Sunday morning on the NHL network starting at 2:30 MST.
I must say after the Phoenix Coyotes and it’s affiliates. It just doesn’t ever get better than watching Team USA on the ice. Whether the Olympics, World Championships, Juniors, or any level to wear the Red, White, and Blue. Brings back memories of the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid which started it all over 3 decades ago.
Speaking of 1980, it’s hard not to have memories explode to the top of your brain every time these two teams face off against each other at any level. The Russians are always competitive and never make for a dull hockey game. USA vs Russia in marbles is an edge of your seat competition. Canada may be the cream right now but there is a close crop including the US and Russia. Czechs always bring it and just when you start to forget a Finland or Sweden team breaks the hearts of many.
|2:42||Russia||Albert Yarullin (Nikita Nesterov, Nail Yakupov)|
|13:18||USA||Jacob Trouba (Alex Galchenyuk)|
|4:10||Russia||Vladimir Tkachyov (Valeri Nichushkin, Artyom Sergeyev)|