February 8. Men’s ice hockey. Final. Kazakhstan – Russia – 0:1 (0:0, 0:0, 0:1).
Before the start of the 28th World Winter Universiade teams of Russia and Kazakhstan were considered to be the potential winners of the ice hockey tournament. At the previous Universiade in 2015, Russia and Kazakhstan made it to the final in ice hockey. Back then, Russia beat Kazakhstan 3:1. The two teams had a chance to play against each other once again this year.
In the first period, the home team dominated and created many moments when a goal could be scored. However, the Kazakhstan team did not succeed. Sometimes, Sergey Starygin’s players missed the gates. Other attacks were defended by the Russian goaltender Ilia Andriukhin. In a couple of episodes, they could not score the liner. Even when the Kazakhstanis dominated (5 to 3), the could not score.
Sergey Kudryavtsev, the goaltender of the Kazakhstani team, had plenty of work too. In the second period, he had to be very agile. The Russian players constantly attacked the gates. It was difficult for the Kazakhstan team. At one point, the puck backfired to the upright from Ibraybekov’s skate. In the second period, the Kazakhstani players were in minority. However, they managed to stand.
It seemed that in the third period the Kazakhstan team would score. However, it did not happen. On the contrary, the Russian team managed to score on the 42nd minute. Daniil Ilin was the author of the goal.
There was not much time left before the end of the game. The Russian team, however, was firm in defense and counterattacks.
Two minutes before the end of the game, Sergey Starygin released the sixth field player. However, the Russian team kept pressuring.
As a result, Russia won 1:0. This is the second Universiade in row when Russia won the gold in ice hockey. Kazakhstan took the silver medal, while Canada was third.