All-star cel­e­bra­tion

It’s high-fives all around as the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League all-star squad scores the first goal ver­sus the Rus­sian na­tional ju­nior team on Tues­day at Eastlink Cen­tre. The team, fea­tur­ing one mem­ber of the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders and a Sum­mer­side

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES REID

Team QMJHL’s last line of de­fence was its best weapon in a 3-1 win over Team Rus­sia at the CIBC Canada Rus­sia Se­ries con­test Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town.

Sa­muel Har­vey stopped 25of-26 shots, helped kill five Team QMJHL penal­ties and gave the Cana­dian Hockey League a 3-2 edge in the sixgame se­ries. Game 6 is Thurs­day in Monc­ton.

“The guys in front played great. They blocked shots, took re­bounds out, they did a good job,” said Har­vey, who back­stops the Rouyn-No­randa Huskies. “I was ner­vous. The first pe­riod I was shak­ing a lit­tle bit. After a few min­utes I calmed down and just played my game the best I could.”

The game started slow as both teams felt each other out. But eight min­utes in for­mer Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders for­ward Shawn Boudrias, now with Gatineau, scored five sec­onds into a power play, cour­tesy of an Alexan­der Kalinin hold­ing penalty, and gave the Q a 1-0 edge.

That lead lasted three min­utes when Rus­sia’s Alexey Polodyan thieved the puck in the QMJHL zone, raced past the chas­ing de­fence­man and snapped a shot. Har­vey made the save, but An­drey Al­ty­bar­makyan pounced on the re­bound and tied the game 1-1.

Noth­ing came of ei­ther team’s of­fence in the sec­ond frame aside from a 19-11 Rus­sian shot edge through two frames.

In the third, Drake Bather­son con­nected on his squad’s sec­ond power play for a 2-1 ad­van­tage (and even­tual game-win­ner) just over four min­utes into the frame.

Rus­sia mus­tered it­self for a fi­nal push, but Har­vey and com­pany did their job as­sisted by an empty-net in­sur­ance goal by Ni­co­las

Guay.

As for Har­vey, he ap­proached this game with an un­known de­fence and even a few team­mates he hadn’t met be­fore with a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy.

“I tried to have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with my D, I was yelling a lot on the ice,” he said.

Har­vey and Al­ty­bar­makyan, a Chicago Black­hawks draft pick in 2017, were named the QMJHL and Rus­sian play­ers of the game, re­spec­tively.

“I was ner­vous. The first pe­riod I was shak­ing a lit­tle bit. After a few min­utes I calmed down and just played my game the best I could.”

Goalie Sa­muel Har­vey

JA­SON MALLOY

JA­SON MALLOY

Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League goalie Sa­muel Har­vey stopped Rus­sian Maxim Rasseykin Tues­day dur­ing the CIBC Canada Rus­sia Se­ries in Char­lot­te­town.

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