Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tolchinski Scores 3 Times as Russia Downs US at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge: Russia Defeats U.S. at U17 Challenge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tolchinski Scores 3 Times as Russia Downs US at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge: Russia Defeats U.S. at U17 Challenge

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Sergei Tolchinski scored three goals, including one on a penalty shot, as Russia defeated the United States 7-4 on Wednesday to win gold at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Tolchinski scored Russia's first goal of the game in the second period and followed it up by connecting on a third-period penalty shot after being impeded while on a short-handed breakaway. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal that was awarded after a U.S. player threw his stick.

Valeri Nicushkin added two of his own for Russia, including another empty netter, while Nikita Cherepanov and Ivan Barbashev also scored. Evan Allen, Will Butcher, J.T. Compher and Anthony Louis replied for the U.S.

Nikita Serebryakov made 45 saves to pick up the win. Hunter Miska made 27 stops in defeat.

Apart from Tolchinski's empty-net goal, the game included another unusual sequence. Cherepanov's second-period goal came on a dump in from centre ice that hit an American defenceman's stick and bounced over Miska's shoulder.

Tolchinski said the game was the biggest of his young career.

"It was important for us to win this tournament," he said through an interpreter. "This is the biggest tournament that most of us have ever played in and some players may never get an opportunity to play at this level again.

"It was a physical game and the intensity and emotion out there tonight was just amazing. It meant a lot to us because we will likely never play together as a team."

Russian coach Sergei Suyarkov said he never doubted his team's ability to win the tournament.

"We had a tough game last night (in the semifinal against Ontario) and when we won it, I was confident in the ability of our team to come though tonight," said Suyarkov, who also spoke through an interpreter. "The flow of the game tonight was excellent and there were many wonderful players in it.

"We are very happy to have won. …

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