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Invincible Kazakhs

Invincible Kazakhs

Hungary blanked 5-0 on Day 2

Published 20.04.2015 15:57 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
Invincible Kazakhs
Kazakh defenceman Artemi Lazika is followed by Hungary’s Janos Vas. Photo: Miroslaw Ring
Kazakhstan remains in first position at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A after defeating Hungary 5-0.

Defenceman Kevin Dallman and forward Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev each had one goal and an assist, Talgat Zhailauov had three assist points. Kazakhstan outshot the Hungarians by 22-12.

“It was a good game. I liked it. We scored five goals, nobody was hurt. We had a good start in which we were lucky and after four goals in two periods it was game over,” Kazakhstan head coach Andrei Nazarov said.

The game started perfect for Kazakhstan from the very beginning. Attila Orban was assessed a penalty for tripping and Hungarian goalie Bence Balizs caused another one for delaying the game.

After 103 seconds of play Konstantin Rudenko scored on the rebound after a blocked slapshot from Roman Savchenko when the Kazakhs were playing 5-on-3.

At 5:28 Rudenko had another chance on a breakaway but didn’t bring the puck past Hungarian netminder Balizs and got a penalty for charging him. It was one of the few possibilities offered to the Hungarians to come close to a game-tying goal.

“I think that not getting off to a very good start did not help us. If you take too many penalties you cannot persevere with the game. We were lucky we were down only 2-0 after the first period because they had great opportunities,” Hungary coach Rich Chernomaz said.

“They were very, very disciplined positionally not to give us any quality opportunities at all. Today we had no chance to win this game.”

The Kazakhs also had more puck possession and chances in the second period and were patiently waiting for their opportunities. At 5:50 Alexei Vorontsov had his stick on the right spot in front of the net when he redirected the puck after a long horizontal pass from Mikhail Panshin. At 12:12, after a cross-check from Daniel Kiss, Dallman made it 3-0 with a shot from the face-off dot on the ensuing power play.

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At 15:36 Krasnoslobodtsev scored another power-play marker from a sharp angle after Yevgeni Rymarev’s diagonal pass from behind the Hungarian net to increase the score to 4-0.

The Kazakhs changed down a bit in the third period but it didn’t prevent them from scoring another goal. Konstantin Pushkaryov got the puck at the end boards and skated to goalie Balizs to beat him through the five-hole.

It was a perfect revenge for Kazakhstan for the last encounter two years ago in Budapest when Hungary won the first game ever against Kazakhstan, 2-1, in the sixth encounter between the two men’s national team in IIHF play.


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