Team Russia has been nearly perfect at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the only “blemish” being a shootout win over the Czech Republic on the opening day of the tournament. They continued their roll through the preliminary round on Day 4 of this WJC, defeating Belarus 4-1 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
The Russians rode a three-goal first period blitz until the third period when they added a fourth a little over a minute after Belarus had made it a 3-1 game. Alexander Polunin from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was the scoring star for Russia, netting two goals in the win. Also posting two-point games were Maxim Lazarev (1G, 1A), Vladislav Kamenev (1G, 1A), and Yegor Korshkov (2A).
Ilya Samsonov (WSH) received his first start of the tournament, stopping 17 of 18 shots fired his way by Belarus.
Korshkov and Lazarev are tied for the scoring lead on Team Russia with five points apiece, which puts them one behind WJC scoring leader Jesse Puljujarvi of host Finland.
The highlights from the Belarus-Russia game can be viewed below.
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