Thursday, June 21, 2018

Yekaterinburg celebrates Russian hockey win

Police in riot gear scrambled to the Yekaterinburg city center following Russia's victory in the ice hockey World Championships.

Following Russia's 6-2 victory over Team Slovakia, thousands of hockey fans swarmed to the city center to celebrate the national victory. The festivities carried on until approximately 5 a.m. Riot police with batons and helmets were on hand to prevent the celebrations from getting out of control, Mir66 reports.

The street celebrations began even before the end of the game, when the Russian national team achieved a 4-1 lead in the second period. Russian fans, confident in their team's ensuing victory, poured into the streets, honking horns and raising victory chants.

After the final whistle of the game, thousands of fans packed into 1905 Square and Plotinka, congratulating each other, singing the national anthem and chanting the names of star players Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Semin, Alexander Ovechkin, and Evgeni Malkin. Nearby, police were forced to block off Lenin Ave. as fans swarmed through traffic to give high-fives to passing motorists, according to Mir66.

Police responded to a number of incidents, including a drunken brawl outside the Sverdlovsk governor's residence, and a break-in at city hall.