Russian goal fest at Bandy World Cup continues
After beating Kazakhstan and Finland with a combined score of 26-6 at the Bandy World Championships in Moscow, hosts Russia also thrashed Norway 12-2 to add to their already impressive goal scoring collection.
This game is called bandy, but is also known as Russian hockey, so it is no wonder the five-time world champions Russia dominate the sport.
Russia, one of the favorites in Moscow, are in chase for the 2010 title along with the reigning champions Sweden.
Following two impressive wins over Kazakhstan and Finland, Russia faced Norway. And this game promised to become another warm-up for the five-time world champions, rather than a real rivalry.
It didn't take the hosts long to break the deadlock, thanks to Maksim Chernykh.
Meanwhile, defense was all the Norwegians were focused on, so they seemed to be hard to crack for a while.
“They only tried to concede as few goals as possible and kept to the stay-at-home game. So at first it was hard to find the right keys to their defense. But then they just got tired, and we managed to turn our huge advantage into goals,” Sergey Lomanov, Russia’s skipper, said.
Five more goals by the Russians set the score of 6-0 by the break.
Norway were keen to net twice in the second half, while the Russians responded the same way – another six goals to entertain their passionate supporters. 12-2 was how this goalfest ended.
Nevertheless, it is not only about scoring goals, but also fine-tuning their form for the Russians on the eve of some more crucial games.
With Russia and Sweden being the main favorites at the event, they will first face each other at the group stage on January 28.