The athletes of the Russian Olympic Committee (COR) began their Olympic title defense on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to kick off the men’s hockey tournament at the Beijing Olympics.
Anton Slepychev was the lone scorer as his shot ricocheted off goalkeeper Reto Berra before entering the net with 2.7 seconds left in the first period.
Giant size goalkeeper Ivan Fetodov then closed the door for Alexei Zhamnov’s team, offering an excellent performance of 33 saves.
For his part, Berra has been tested 29 times.
Denmark and the Czech Republic are the other two nations that make up Group B. The latter face off later on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Beijing.
Thursday, it will be the turn of the four formations of group A to enter the scene. Canada will face Germany, silver medalists in 2018 in Pyeongchang, while the United States will face hosts China.
Then on Friday, we will witness the debut of Group C, while Slovakia will face Sweden, and Latvia against Finland.