Today the 1st place and 3rd place teams in Group A squared off in one of the best international rivalries in the sport of the hockey to complete round robin play. These two hockey powerhouses go way back on the global stage when the “Miracle on Ice” upset the Olympic favorites who were extremely deep in the tournament “The Red Army” in 1980 that took place in Lake Placid, NY.
The last time these teams faced one another was in last year’s World Championship tournament where Team Russia won the Bronze Medal over Team USA in a 7-2 blowout victory.
Over the last two days, both squads were victorious in their respected matchups as Team USA defeated Team Slovakia on Mother’s Day Sunday by a final score of 6-1, while yesterday Team Russia easily shutout Team Latvia 5-0.
Entering into today’s matchup Team Russia had a 5-1-0-0 record with 17 points leading Group A, while Team USA held the 3rd spot with a 5-0-0-1 record at 15 points.
How Shipachyov’s Point Scoring Streak Journey Began
One of the biggest stars for Team Russia is recently signed Vegas Golden Knights forward Vadim Shipachyov who has scored at least a point in the last 5 games that started when his squad took on the Italians in a game where we saw his team crush them by a 10-1 score. In that game, Shipachyov registered 4 assists that came on the power play.
The following game the streak continued where he would score his 1st two goals of the tournament against Team Germany. That brought his power play points to 5.
His matchup vs. Team Denmark the steak lived on when he added another assist that brought his tournament total to 7 points.
The matchup vs. Team Slovakia Shipachyov was a major player once again for his squad when he added 3 more assists. One of those assists came on the man advantage as his power play points moved up to 6. After that game, his total tournament points were at 10.
In yesterday’s tilt vs. Team Latvia, it took Shipachyov nearly three periods for his point streak to soldier on and once again it was on the power play. By adding his 9th assist of the tournament his special team’s points total moved him up the ladder to 7.
In the first period of the game, Shipachyov had his struggles in generating offense for Team Russia as Team USA did a very good at keeping him contained.
However, his patience would pay off in the middle frame when his team was on the man advantage. It was his fellow linemates Nikita Gusev and Evgeni Dadonov who went into USA’s end courtesy of a 3 on 1 as Shipachyov fed Gusev with a beautiful saucer pass as he extended his IIHF Worlds point streak to a 6th game.
After that goal by Gusev, Shipachyov recorded his 8th power play point with his 11th assist in the tournament when Team Russia took a 3-2 lead.
Unfortunately for Team Russia, they would give up 3 unanswered goals to fall to Team USA by a 5-3 final.
Team USA clinched top spot in Group A with their victory today as they won 6 straight to a 6-0-0-1 record with 18 points, while Team Russia moved into 2nd place with a 5-1-0-1 record at 17 points.