(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Russia stumbles into quarterfinal match against Finland

By Ken McKenna
Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is a top defensive prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft after a strong rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)



Team Russia wrapped up its preliminary round schedule with a 5-1 loss to Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. The hastily assembled team has had trouble developing into a cohesive unti to this point of the tournament with a tough quarterfinal matchup against Finland on the horizon.

The lone goal-scorer for Russia in the loss was Andrei Svechnikov, the 16-year-old brother of Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov. The goal was too little, too late, however, as it came late in the third period of a 5-0 game.

Leading the way on defense for Russia at this tournament has been Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor – OHL). While he has not hit the scoresheet for his team after four games, Sergachev has nonetheless been forced to steady a young squad that is still trying to get to know one another at the tournament’s midpoint.

Sergachev spoke with the media following the lost to Sweden, with his comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.

Highlights from the Russia-Sweden game can be viewed below.

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