Russia wins U20 Challenge Cup of Asia

Russia wins U20 Challenge Cup of Asia

01 Jun 2012 | Henrik Lundqvist

As anyone could predict the Russian MHL All-Star Team had no problem to win the first ever U20 Challenge Cup of Asia. The question was who would grab the second place. Japan did after an overtime win against South Korea in the last game.

The Russian team walked through the tournament in Seoul without allowing one single goal. They beat Korea 6-0, Japan 7-0, China 15-0 and Taiwan 29-0. The Russian goalies Vsevolod Kondrashov and Vasily Demchenko played 120 minutes each and only faced 50 shots all together.

Even if the Russian MHL stars scored 57 goals in 4 games it was a Japanese player that won the scoring title. Makuru Furuhashi scored 17 points, 12 of them goals, so it was no surprise that he was the one that decided the last game of the tournament. Japan played South Korea about the second place. Japan had the lead for most of the game but Korea tied it three times in the third period; 5-5, 6-6 and then 7-7 with just 49 seconds remaining. Furuhashi only needed 18 seconds of overtime to score the winner.

China took the fourth place thanks to the 5-2 win against Taiwan in the opening game. A game in which Taiwan surprisingly had a 2-0 lead after 4 minutes of play.

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3South Korea42224:166

Scoring leaders
#Player namePosTeamGPGAPPIM+/-
1.Makuru FuruhashiFJapan412517415
2.Maxim ShalunovFRussia49514216
3.Alexander KadeikinFRussia441014014
4.Danil FaizullinFRussia46713015
5.Kosuke OtsuFJapan421012412
6.Bulat KhammatovFRussia421012014
7.Tomohiro KonnoFJapan4741109
8.Azat MazitovDRussia46410014
9.Bulat BaikeyevFRussia4459413
10.Yevgeny PoltorakFRussia43691014

The coaches of each team selected their best player:
China - Jin Chen
Japan - Tomohiro Konno
South Korea - Sang Hoon Shin
Russia - Maxim Shalunov
Taiwan - Li Feng Lu
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