CALGARY, AB --
Any doubts regarding the status of Team Russia’s offence were quickly dismissed on Thursday night as they inundated Latvia on their way to a 14-0 win.
It would all unravel for Latvia in the second stanza with the offensive arrival of team captain and Washington Capitals 2010 draft pick, Yevgeni Kuznetsov. The KHL forward racked up five points on six Russian goals netted in the period.
The downpour of Russian offence did not cease into the third. The 19-year-old Kutznetsov would threaten the all-time record for points collected in a single game held by Sweden’s Peter Forsberg with ten points back in 1992. Instead he would stockpile an additional four points for a total of nine on the night (3g,6a).
Nikita Gusev also accumulated seven points (2g,5a) in the unveiling of Russia’s offensive prowess.
Russia first cracked the early solid play of Latvian netminder, Elvis Merzlinkins about halfway into the opening frame, closing out the period with a 1-0 lead.
Merzlinkins would stay between the pipes for the duration of Russia’s victory, facing 50 shots on goal.
Russian goalkeeper, Andrei Vasilevski would turn away 30 shots on the way to recording his second shutout of the tournament. He has yet to allow a goal, making 70 saves in two games.
Author: Avery Buye