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Russians dominate U.S.

RED DEER, ALTA. – Geo-political changes aside, the Cold War was alive and kicking at the Enmax Centrium on Tuesday.

But instead of fingers hovering over red buttons, the U.S. and Russia lit red lamps in an exhibition clash between two of hockey’s superpowers, and the tournament’s two most recent gold medallists.

A precompetition game for the world junior championship beginning Dec. 26 in Edmonton and Calgary, the Russians came away with a 6-3 win at the halfway mark between the host cities, in front of 5,946 in Red Deer.

“You don’t have time to lick your wounds,” said U.S. head coach Dean Blais, whose squad takes on Switzerland in Camrose on Wednesday. “You have to pull your boots up and get going again. So that’s what we’ll try to do.”

Along with not letting their opponents jump out to an early lead like Russia, who didn’t even need a full three minutes to go ahead 2-0.

Ignat Zemchenko shovelled the puck past Jack Campbell on the the power play, before Victor Antipin punched in a rebound 29 seconds later.

“Two quick ones, there’s nothing you can do about that,” said five-foot-seven, 150-pound U.S. forward John Gaudreau. “But we got a quick one back.”

It took the Americans less than a minute to respond with their first mark on the scoreboard, as Josh Archibald carried the puck just past the blue-line before slipping a long, seeing-eye wrist shot past a screened Andrey Vasilevskiy.

“We just need to play a little bit better in the defensive zone and a little bit more offensively too,” Gaudreau said. “It was a tough game.”

Especially considering the Americans were 0-6 on the power play, while the Russians scored twice on four chances with a man-advantage.

While the scoring dropped off, the physicality mounted like an arms race, until Russian defenceman Igor Ozhiganov was called for charging the helmet right off of Adam Clendening along the boards. The Only U.S. defenceman under six feet (six-foot-two, if you are counting), Clendening took two lidless trips to the bench after being sandwiched along the boards by Sergey Barbashev and Yaroslav Kosov — who received five minutes for checking to the head and a game misconduct — midway through the second period.

But Russia was ahead 3-1 at that point, thanks to a goal by Alexander Khokhlachev, despite trailing the U.S. in shots, 31-19. And on their 32nd, J.T. Miller intercepted a cross-ice pass from Zakhar Arzamastsev and turned it into a short-handed tally to trail by one heading into the third period.

Russia stole the momentum back in the third, as Nail Yakupov scored short-handed on a breakaway of his own.

“It was pretty exciting because it was my first goal in the world juniors,” said the member of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. “I was a bit nervous because it was my first game in the world junior exhibition games.”

Both sides then traded goals, by Nikita Kucherov for Russia and Kenny Agostino for the U.S., before Kucherov added an empty-netter.

After outshooting their opponents 41-27, the U.S. did not leave quietly, drawing a line in the sand at centre ice with 83 seconds left. And that line didn’t stop the fists of Vladislav Namestnikov or Bill Arnold, who both watched the final minute from the penalty box.

GERRY MODDEJONGE

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