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Russian netminder Oleg Dyatlov makes a spectacular save during a pre-tournament game against Team Canada East. (File Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet)
Russian netminder Oleg Dyatlov makes a spectacular save during a pre-tournament game against Team Canada East. (File Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet)
Fatigued team Russia still enjoying trip
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Team Russia, the youngest team to attend the World Junior A Hockey Challenge showed their inexperience Tuesday night, but they'll have a chance for redemption Wednesday.

The Russians were dominated by the Swiss, who cruised to a 5-1 victory in Penticton.

Russian Team Manager and Translator Oleg Norchenko says with the 32 hour trip, fatigue will continue to be a factor.

"I don't think it will be that easy during the tournament, changing time zones will result in some tiredness," says Norchenko.

Norchenko says the players are getting comfortable in the Peach City.

"They have visited the Walmart and Cherry lane, they found all the hockey stores, and they will be coming back with big bags. They're enjoying themselves."

The team is also impressed with the Events Centre.

"The arena is great, we were quite surprised that such a small town was taking part, and have such an extraordinary arena. The president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, Vladislav Tretiak, should think of building such great arenas in small towns in Russia."

Norchenko says most of the team will be on next year's World Junior squad.


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