In a back-and-forth game featuring three penalty shots between the Russians and the Swiss, Capitals first-round pick Alex Alexeyev made his mark in the third period.
The Russian defenseman received a pass on the right side of the ice on the power play and slung a shot through traffic to beat Swiss goalie Akira Schmid on the far post.
It’s his first goal of the 2019 World Junior Championships.
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) December 31, 2018
For a second, it looks like Alexeyev is trying to pass to the far side for a deflection. But with his head up the whole way, he notices Schmid cheating a bit and lets it fly.
Alexeyev’s celly says it all.
The Russians would go on to beat the Swiss 7-4, and Alexeyev recorded an assist in addition to his goal.
He now has four points in three WJC games (1g, 3a).
Way to go, Alex!
Headline photo: Matt Zambonin
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