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Author: Alessandro Seren RossoDate: 03/08/2009
Russia-92 wins Winter European Youth Olympic Festival

2009 U17 Youth Olympics Festival

For the second straight time, Team Russia triumphed in the EYOF, a competition held every two years in different European cities. The 2007 edition has been played in Jaca, Spain, while this years’ one was hosted by the cities of Slask and Beskidy in Poland. Russia skated in this tournament with this roster:

Boris Novichenkov, Spartak Moscow
Lev Kuzemchenko, Avangard Omsk
Pavel Suchkov, CSKA Moscow

Yan Krasovsky, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Ivan Gavrilenko, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Sergei Ilminsky, Dinamo Moscow
Alexei Marchenko, CSKA Moscow
Viktor Postnikov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Yuri Silnitsky, Gazovik Tyumen
Vitaly Zotov, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Ildar Isangulov, Salavat Yulaev Ufa

Vladislav Namestnikov, Khimik Vosresensk
Roman Berdnikov, Avangard Omsk
Vladislav Kartaev, Traktor Chelyabinsk
Alexander Komisarchuk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Roman Lyubimov, CSKA Moscow
Aidars Podzinsh, Krylja Sovetov Moscow
Bogdan Potekhin, Traktor Chelyabinsk
Alexander Gogolev, Krylja Sovetov Moscow
Evgeny Grigorenko, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Sergei Barbashev, CSKA Moscow
Ivan Telegin, Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Traktor Chelyabinsk

Only one notable absence, Dmitri Apalkov, injured, and Kirill Kabanov belongs to Plyuschev's Russia-91.
The tournament started off smoothly for the Russians, with an easy victory against the tournament’s hosts for 17-1, with an hat trick scored by CSKA’s Roman Lyubimov and Traktor’s Evgeny Kuznetsov. In the second day of the competition though, Kryuchkov’s team walked into the first disappointment as team Slovakia surprised them winning 4-2. “We lost this game because we thought we already won before even hitting the ice, said Evgeny Grigorenko. This defeat was for us a big lesson”. This game was the end of the group stage, and that meant that Russia got the second seed and had to challenge in the semifinals the winner of the other group, Finland.

This was probably the match between the tournament’s top teams and Russia came out with a 5-4 victory with an overtime goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov, who’s considered Russia’s top-92 born player excluding Kirill Kabanov. “I haven’t played such a thrilling game this season”. Declared Sergei Barbashev. “We were up 3:1 after the second period and in some four minutes, after the start of the final period, they tied it up. Then again we attack and score. This was a very nervous game. In three minutes to the end I had a good moment, but my shot hit the crossbar. It is good that Kuznetsov solved us the game, scoring in the overtime a nice goal”.

In the final match the Russians encountered a surprising Switzerland. Lead by some good players like Nino Niederraiter, the Swisses skated past the Slovaks 2-1.
The game started off well for the Russians as they managed to get up by three goals after half match: at the fifteenth minute a great backhand pass by Kuznetsov behind the goal put Evgeny Grigorenko in front of the goalie free to score the 1-0.
In the second period a not dangerous shot from the blue line by Viktor Postnikov has been mishandled by the swiss goalie Lukas Meili, giving a big rebound caught up by Roman Lyubimov and backhanded in the back of the net. One minute later Vladislav Namestnikov started his personal show: with his burning speed he burn out a couple of defenseman, deking out one with a great between-the legs trick. Once in front of the goalie he skated to the left and served the unchallenged Alexander Gogolev rushing on the left, free to put it in for the 3-0.
But then something happened, probably because the Russians once again thought to have the match in hand and the Swiss cut down the lead with shorty coming with rebound goal by Samuel Walser after a quick counterattack by Sven Bartschi.
The same player, Sven Bartschi, will score the 5-on-3 powerplay goal in the start of the third stanza that will reopen the match. A great wristshot from between the circles by Kaj Leneberger, after a great play behind the crease by Erik Arnold, tied it up midway through the third period. With the game tied, Stanislav Namestnikov carried on his personal show: at the fifty-seventh he picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone just to threw it in after a couple of strides on his left. Two minutes later his empty net goal was the icing on the cake for Kryuchkov’s team, free to celebrate the second tournament won in a two weeks span.
“Vlad is a good player. A smart center” - said Barbashev. – I play on a line with him for two years already. I like a lot to play in an unit with him, because he can, at any moment, give to you a great pass, and he is also a humble person”.
Top Traktor’s forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named tournament’s MVP.

Related Player Profiles: . S.Barbashev R.Berdnikov I.Gavrilenko A.Gogolev E.Grigorenko S.Ilminsky I.Isangulov K.Kabanov V.Kartaev A.Komisarchuk Y.Krasovsky L.Kuzemchenko E.Kuznetsov R.Lyubimov A.Marchenko V.Namestnikov B.Novichenkov A.Podzinsh V.Postnikov B.Potekhin Y.Silnitsky P.Suchkov I.Telegin V.Zotov
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