The host country for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Russia, completed the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating the Czech Republic, 5-2, in their final match of the opening round.
Canada is the other team with a perfect 4-0 record, so the two teams could be on a collision course for the gold medal game.
Forward Vladimir Tkachyov has been the scoring star for the Russians with four goals and five assists in four games, followed by forward Pavel Buchnevich (4G, 3A) and defenseman Nikolai Glukhov (1G, 6A) at seven points apiece.
One Russian forward that has been fairly quiet offensively in this tournament is Sergei Tolchinsky. The Moscow, Russia native was productive in his rookie season in the OHL, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists for 51 points in 62 games. But so far at the U18 WJC, Tolchinsky has posted one goal and one assist in four games.
Tolchinsky spoke with the media, including Hockey's Future, following Russia's win over Latvia on Monday.
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