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World Championship 2002 Division I, Group A - Eindhoven, The Netherland April 20th, 2002 Belarus versus France 3-1 - pictures

France, without the likes as Philippe Bozon, faced off against Belarus, without NHL defenseman Ruslan Salei and other players like Vadim Bekbulatov, Oleg Romanov, Alexander Andrievsky, Dmitry Dudik and Vasily Pankov (doping affair) who starred at the Olympics at 19.30 hours. In the first period penalties ruled the happening on the ice. With Belarus players frequenting the sin box. This culminated in a game misconduct penalty and a major penalty at 15.30 against Sergej Cherniavski for a nasty slashing infraction. And while Belarus was shorthanded for five minutes defenseman Sergej Stas received a high sticking penalty and France had a two man advantage. Maurice Rozenthal (Baptiste Amar) scored the powerplay marker at 19.04 for 0-1. Reflecting on the first period France took the lead but only because of the frequent powerplays, not that they dominated the match. After the first intermission Belarus produced two goals: 1-1 at 26.03 by Andrei Rasolko (powerplay goal) on a deflection after a Aleksei Kalyuzhny blast and 2-1 at 28.31 by Aleksei Kalyuzhny himself. Belarus took the lead without dictating the flow of the game. At 57.22 a time out for Team France and coach Heikki Leimme kept his goalkeeper Christobal Huet on the players bench for an extra attacker. NHL experienced Vladimir Tsyplakov took control over the puck and hit the empty net for 3-1 at 58.05. And with that Belarus won the match and the tournament.

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Belarus preparing for the match

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Benoit Bachelet and
Aleksander Alekseev (15)

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Vladimir Kopat

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Scene

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Richard Aimonetto versus
Aleksander Alekseev (15)

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Sergej Shabanov

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Arnaud Briand (8) ready to tally

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Arnaud Briand chasing Andrej Rasolko

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Andrej Rasolko versus Jonathan Zwikel

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Nicolas Pousset, Christobal Huet and
Aleksei Kalyuzhny all waiting for the puck

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Gloved by Christobal Huet

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All heading for the puck

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Save by Andrej Mezin

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Belarus players proudly wearing their gold medals


Belarus celebrating the victory


Team France


Andrej Mezin


Heading for the locker rooms

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