CIBC Canada/Rus­sia Se­ries Highlights for Week end­ing November 10th, 2017

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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

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