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Russia 7, Switzerland 4
Swiss center Philipp Kurashev (2018 fourth-rounder) missed a penalty shot and had three shots on goal in 22:46 of total ice time. It was the first tournament game he has not scored. Kurashev has five goals and one assist in four games.
The Swiss were awarded two penalty shots after Russia’s Dmitri Smorukov took down Marco Lehmann twice on a breakaway with 3 minutes left in the second period with the game tied 3-3. Lehmann and Kurashev did not convert their respective penalty shot.
I've never seen a guy get tripped twice on one breakaway - Swiss were awarded TWO penalty shots and did not score on either pic.twitter.com/xGVlEJCV1o— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 31, 2018
The Swiss finish in third place in Group A and play in the quarterfinals Wednesday against the to-be-determined No. 2 seed from Group B. Russia faces off against Canada on New Year’s Eve for the top spot in Group A.