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Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2009

U18 hockey: Bobkov, Russia stop Sweden

Igor Bobkov came up big for the second game in a row, and the Russians are on to the semifinals of the IIHF World U18 hockey championship.

Bobkov stopped 44 shots at the Urban Plains Center on Thursday, helping Russia to a 4-1 quarterfinal win over Sweden. He stopped 50 shots in Russia’s 6-5 win over the United States on Tuesday.

Sweden led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Jacob Josefson, but Russia got goals from Dmitri Orlov and Kirill Kabanov in the second to take the lead for good.

Evgeni Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in the third period to help put the game away. Bobkov made 19 saves in the third.

Russia will take on Finland in today’s semifinals.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, S, Josefson (Ekman Larsson, Wallen), 16:31.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, R, Orlov (Zaytsev, Burmistrov), 25:09 (pp). 3, R, Kabanov (Tarasenko), 39:15.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, R, Burmistrov (Kuznetsov), 43:19. 5, R, Kuznetsov (penalty shot), 11:50.

SAVES: S, Lehner 9-8-10—27. R, Bobkov 15-10-19—44.

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