Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mikhail Grigorenko and Alex Khokhlachev, Russia

By Chapin Landvogt

Mikhail Grigorenko - Russia

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko played a major role in helping Russia advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

After winning gold and silver at the last two World Junior Championships, 2013 host country Russia find themselves in a position to bring home another medal, possibly gold, in front of a home crowd.

But the job will not be easy as the Russians will face the team that defeated them in last year's gold medal game, Sweden, after struggling to defeat a game but far less talented Swiss squad in today's quarter-final game.

The scoring star for Russia in the game against Switzerland was forward Mikhail Grigorenko. Grigorenko, a Buffalo Sabres prospect currently playing for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, scored a goal in regulation and assisted on the game-tying goal by Nikita Kucherov, then added another goal in the shootout.  Grigorenko had been relatively quiet at this tournament, but came through for his team when they needed his offense.

Boston Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev also netted a goal against the Swiss, and has contributed some offense at this tournament. In 5 games, Khokhlachev has scored two goals and added two assists.

The two Russians spoke with the media following the win over Switzerland, with their comments included in this HF video.


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