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Evgeny Bobariko and Margarita Dorofeeva speak about the match against the USA

07.01.2017

Russia W18 head coach Evgeny Bobariko:

- After starting the match well, we made two mistakes which were punished. This was the team's first match against a North American side. Nevertheless, despite the result, I liked how we played in defence and on the penalty kill. The opponents were fresher than us.

- Why did you change the goalkeeper in the third period?

- We have planned that Valeria Merkusheva will play in net tomorrow, we decided to give her a bit of ice time. 

- You will play Canada next.

- We will improve with each game. Tomorrow, we will play differently.

Russia W18 forward Margarita Dorofeeva:

- For a lot of the girls, it was the first World Championship match. Unfortunately, we committed a lot of errors which allowed the opponents to win.

- The team took a lot of penalties.

- On the penalty kill, we tried to block shots and show our character. 

- Did you expect the USA to play the way they did?

- Yes, we were ready, they have a strong and talented team. They are faster than us and see the game better. We fought as a team though.

- What can you say about Canada, the next opponents?

- After today's match, the coach said that we have to put our mistakes right. We have to forget what happened today and prepare for tomorrow. 

Russian Ice Hockey Federation 

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