Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kalashnikov Gets On Board In WJHC Finale:

A member of the Nipawin Hawks had his chance to shine in front of the world, and did just that in the tournament finale.

Artsiom Kalashnikov is a 19 year old forward from Minsk, Belarus who joined the Hawks this season after playing his last 2 seasons in BC, where his family relocated to 3 years ago.

In November, Arti was named to Team Belarus for the Division 1 World Junior Hockey Championships which was held this past week in Amien, France.

The Belarussians began the tournament on December 9th with a 2-0 win followed by a similar victory over Austria the next day.

They then lost their first and only game of the tournament to the Austrians, 4-2. That followed with a bounceback victory over the host French, and they clobbered them winning 9-3.

The tournament's last game came after Norway beat Slovenia to clinch 1st in the tournament and a spot in next year's World Junior Hockey Championship with the likes of Canada, Russia and the USA.

Kalashnikov would beat the Denmark netminder 3:02 in to the 2nd period to open the scoring before setting up Dmitri Zalamai just :54 seconds later, his first 2 points of the tournament.

Belarus would end up scoring 2 more times en route to a 4-1 win, but because of Norway's win, 1st place was out of reach and Belarus would settle for 2nd place.

Arti finished a +2 with 4 shots on goal, and a goal and an assist in 4 tournament games.

Meanwhile, Arti's older brother Yan is now a solid member of the NOJHL's Soo Thunderbirds after being shipped there from the Hawks for future considerations. He has put up 3 goals and an assist in his first 5 games as a member of last year's RBC Cup representative.

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