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Zhuravlyov has night to forget against Swiss

Zhuravlyov has night to forget against SwissAvalanche prospect Danila Zhuravlyov had a night to forget, finishing -3 in Russia’s tilt against Switzerland. Nikolai Kovalenko wasn’t in Russia’s lineup.

Defenseman Danila Zhuravlyov was the lone Avalanche prospect in action last night, as forward Nikolai Kovalenko was left out of Russia’s lineup, most likely as a precaution following his scary head-first dive into the boards after his game-winning goal against Martin Kaut’s Czech Republic. The Russians completed a remarkable comeback, winning 7-4 after being down 3-1 against Switzerland.

The Swiss went up 3-1 early in the second, only to find themselves tied at 3 following the halfway mark of the game. The Russians then scored two goals, before Yannick Bruschweiler cut the lead to a single goal. Russia’s Pavel Shen restored Russia’s lead almost three minutes later, with Vitali Kravtsov putting the game away a minute later. Zhuryavlyov had a night to forget, finishing the game -3 while still looking for his first World Juniors point.

Zhuravlyov had a night to forget in Russia's comeback against the Swiss, finishing the game -3 (Source: Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images) 

Avs first-rounder Kaut will return to action on New Year’s Eve, as the Czech Republic looks to secure a berth in the quarterfinals against Denmark, while Russia and Canada, featuring forward Shane Bowers, will meet in a head-to-head showdown for Group A supremacy, with the winner slated to play against Slovakia in the first round of the knockout stage.

Yesterday’s results:

Switzerland – Russia 4:7 (2:1, 1:2, 1:4) [Danila Zhuravlyov without points, Nikolai Kovalenko scratched]

Kazakhstan – Slovakia 2:11 (0:6, 1:3, 1:2)

Today’s schedule:

Denmark – Czech Republic

Sweden – Kazakhstan

Russia – Canada

USA – Finland

Michal Hezely, Slovakia,
31/12/2018 - 16:00


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