From The Hockey News:
The World Junior Championship produces a number of highlight-reel plays every tournament because of the best-on-best nature of the games, but Belarusian goaltender Ivan Kulbakov may have made the most notable play of the 2016 competition thanks to a bizarre decision Sunday.
Belarus was trailing Slovakia 3-2 late in Sunday’s game when Kulbakov was taken out of the net for an extra attacker. With 25 seconds remaining, however, Slovakia had managed to break out of their zone and head towards the empty Belarus net. It was then Kulbakov made the incredibly confusing decision to hop back onto the ice — creating a too many men penalty against Belarus — to charge at Slovakia’s Juraj Siska in an attempt to break up the empty net attempt.
Instead, Kulbakov fell awkwardly and appeared to injure his right leg while Siska skated around the downed netminder before putting the puck in the net:
2 thoughts on “Strange Play from 2016 World Junior Hockey Tournament”
That is strange….what do ya do?….Penalty shot at an empty net? Guess it didn’t matter
Hey Nebraska, Happy New Year! I guess the rule is to award the goal, no penalty shot required.
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