In his last two games heading into the matchup against Team Denmark Vegas Golden Knights forward Vadim Shipachyov was heating things up both in the scoring department in terms of assists and goals. Today he continued his point-scoring streak to three games.
Prior to his game against Team Denmark Shipachyov produced 4 power play assists vs. the Italians that featured a 10-1 landslide victory. One his power play assists came from Evgeni Dadonov‘s goal from that games 1st period.
In the game vs. The German’s he added two goals of his own in which brought his point production in the tournament to 6. He struck twice in the opening period with of those on the power play.
Today’s tilt against Team Denmark was a different type of game that felt like it was a game where Team Russia needed to earn every inch. Denmark kept in really tight in the opening period against Russia by not allowing them to get much going offensively. They did a great job clogging up neutral entry and closed up the shooting lanes that caused frustration on Team Russia.
They did a great job clogging up neutral entry and closed up the shooting lanes that caused frustration on Team Russia.
Their goaltender George Sorensen kept Team Russia off the scoreboard in the first by stopping all 9 shots he faced.
However in the middle things finally opened up for Team Russia as they put together a goal scoring onslaught that featured 3 goals in a span of a minute and 10 seconds. One of the goals was courtesy of Nikita Gusev who found the back of the net with some playmaking help by Shipachyov and Dadonov.
That Gusev goal brought Shipachyov’s assists total thru today on the tournament to 5 and his points to 7.
Russia’s 3 goals would be enough as they shut out Denmark 3-0. In Group A their GF vs GA increased to a +16 at 21-5 and moved into first in their group with a 3-1-0-0 record at 11 points.
Shipachyov’s World Championship career total thru 31 games played brings him to 15 goals, 26 assists at 41 points (1.37 points per game average).
Shipachyov after today’s game against Denmark he is a 5-way tie for third place in points with Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner, Tampa Bay Lightnings Nikita Kucherov, Colorado Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie (Barrie will be out for the rest of tournament with a lower body injury), Detroit Red Wings Dylan Larkin.
He will be in action again this Saturday against Team Slovakia May 13.