The Russian team continues to impress in the Hockey World Cup. Aside from the last game against Slovakia, they have three points, and on Saturday afternoon another came when Switzerland were defeated 4-1.
With five minutes remaining in the middle of the night, Anton Burdasov broke out of his box and slipped over the offensive blue line and shot 1-0 for the Russians. Burdasov’s fourth goal in the tournament.
Eight minutes into the third half, Andres Ambul sent a chance ball in front of the goal. There was Nico Hescher who easily challenged the Swiss tie. But only three minutes later, Switzerland was at a disadvantage again, when television viewers received perhaps the most beautiful performance of the World Cup.
Sergei Tolchinsky was tied up, sat up at the end, and then passed – with one hand on the club – to Pavel Karnukhov who made the score 2-1 for the Russians. Soon thereafter, WC newcomer Tolchinsky also became the leading scorer after a delicious backhand into the net.
– Tolchinsky is the difference. Nothing is much better, says SVT expert Maria Roth.
The match ended 4-1 after Tolcinsky’s second goal in the last seconds.
On Monday, Tre Kronor will face the Russians, at 7.15pm on SVT.
The United States defeated Kazakhstan
In the second group, the United States beat Norway 2-1. The win, which was the team’s fourth in a row, means they now lead the group by two points over Kazakhstan, who beat Italy earlier in the day.
The Americans advanced with two goals before the third half after goals from Conor Garland and Taj Thompson. With just over five minutes to play, Ken Andre Olympe cut back for Norway. But the Norwegians never came close.