CIBC Canada/Russia Series Highlights for Week ending November 10th, 2017
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK
Russians battled back for a 4-3 win in Swift Current on second night of the CIBC Canada/Russia series. After registering just 20 shots on Monday night, the Russians came out firing in Game 2, outshooting Team WHL 17-6 in the opening frame. Team WHL led 3-1 after two periods, outshooting Russia 17-8 in the second frame. Russia took the shooting column 33-32, marking the first time they’ve outshot Team WHL in the event since November 15th, 2012. Team WHL finished the night 3-for-6 on the power play and finished 57% (34-of-60) in the faceoff circle. The Western Hockey League wrapped up the series with an all-time record of 20-7-1-2, sending the series to Owen Sound for Game 3 on Thursday against Team OHL.
Alexey Melnichuk made 35 saves and Russia scored five times on 18 shots to defeat Team OHL 5-2 in Owen Sound and take a 6-3 (points) lead in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
“Altogether I thought we played pretty well,” said three-year Team OHL veteran Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs). “We had a lot of shots and scoring opportunities but their goaltender was outstanding. “They have a good team over there and they came out hard tonight,” he continued. “We have to have a short memory and come ready to play on Monday in Sudbury.”
Team OHL outshot Russia 16-7 but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes. Team OHL outshot Russia 37-18 on the night, but the scoreboard told another story in a 5-2 loss. Russia improves to 5-4-0-0 against the OHL over the past five years at the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Nine OHL players remained in the lineup on Monday night when the series shifted to Sudbury for Game 4. Unfortunately due to publishing deadlines, results of the Monday night game could not be included.
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON