With Russia playing on back to back nights and Belarus playing it’s third game in four days, it’s no surprise that the game started off kind of slow. And immediately from the drop of the puck, it was clear Belarus wanted to keep the score as close as possible.
Belarus got an early powerplay when Yevgeni Svechnikov took a boarding minor less than 2 minutes into the game, but Belarus was unable to convert.
The Russians would get their own man advantage when Alexei Busko was called for hooking at the 8:59 mark.
The penalty proved costly as a quick three way passing play ended with a Maxim Lazarev one-timer that beat goaltender Vladislav Verbitski.
The teams would trade penalties and again Belarus was unable to convert while their own penalty proved costly.
Again, it was a quick passing play and another one-timer, this time by Alexander Polunin, to beat Verbitski.
Russia would take a 3-0 lead before the period ended when Vladislav Kamenev deflected an Ivan Provorov wrister from the point.
The second period would be scoreless.
Belarus could not capitalize on another early powerplay but 6:14 into the period solved Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. A wrap around by Alexei Busko found the back of the net to give Belarus a little life.
But it only took the Russians 1:27 to get that back. Polunin would get his second of the game when he took a couple of strides in from the point, then cut to the middle and fired a well placed wrister passed Verbitski.
Russia would outshoot Belarus 32-18 while going 2 for 3 on the powerplay and Belarus going 0 for 3