Canada fell to Russia 3-2 in a hard-fought shootout Wednesday night in the penultimate game of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.
John Quenneville, Spencer Watson and Rourke Chartier missed their shots in the shootout, and Samuel Montembeault turned away Artur Lauta and Egor Korshkov before Marat Khayrullin snuck his shot past the Canadian netminder.
“Any time you lose to them, it’s tough,” Canadian defenceman Roland McKeown said. “I thought we played a hard-fought game, it’s unfortunate we couldn’t get a few more chances to go our way.”
The first period started with several chances for both teams, before Russia’s Alexander Mikulovich capitalized on a shot from the point to give his team a 1-0 lead just 5:06 in.
Canada quickly responded just 1:48 later, with Watson taking advantage of crisp passing from Josh Ho-Sang and Haydn Fleury to tie the game.
With 5:23 to go in the opening period, Alexander Protapovich squeezed a shot past Montembeault to give Russia a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Russia got into penalty trouble in the second period, racking up 22 minutes in the box. Canada was able to capitalize on one of these power plays, with Travis Dermott scoring off a shot in the slot, courtesy of another assist from Ho-Sang.
Russian goaltender Alexander Georgiev stopped several dangerous Canadian attempts in the final 20 minutes, including breakaway attempts by Jake DeBrusk and Watson that had the crowd on the edge of its seats.
After a scoreless third period, the teams headed into a four-on-four overtime period. Montembeault came up with a huge save midway through the extra period, when Russia’s Andrey Svetlakov came tearing down the wing on a breakaway.
Travis Konecny got a chance of his own with less than a minute left, but it was blocked by a Russian defender.
The final shot tally was 25-20 in favour of Canada.
The Canadians face the Czech Republic on Thursday night in their final World Junior Showcase game.
05:08 – GOAL – Yuzeev (Kuznetsov)
06:56 – GOAL – Watson (Ho-Sang, Fleury)
08:24 – PEN – Crouse, tripping
11:08 – GOAL – Protapovich (Afonasyevski)
14:37 – PEN – Sanheim, interference
07:22 – PEN – Lauta, checking from behind minor + 10 min. misconduct
08:50 – PP GOAL – Dermott (Ho-Sang, Konecny)
12:58 – PEN – Boikov, tripping
15:02 – PEN – Yuzeev, roughing / slashing double minor
15:02 – PEN – Virtanen, slashing
15:27 – PEN – Dervuk, delay of game
16:59 – PEN – Korshkov, holding
16:59 – PEN – Watson, roughing
W: Georgiev (23-25)
L: Montembeault (19-21)
SHOTS ON GOAL
11+2+6+1+1 = 21
6+11+8+0+0 = 25
Goaltenders: Alexander Georgiev, Maxim Tretyak, Alexander Trushkov. Defence: Sergei Boikov, Ilya Dervuk, Nikita Lyamkin, Yevgeni Nazarkin, Yegor Ogienko, Yegor Orlov, Yegor Rykov, Damir Sharipzyanov, Kirill Shchukin, Mikhail Yuzeev, Nikita Zhuldikov. Forwards: Semen Afonasyevski, Radel Fazleev, Denis Guryanov, Marat Khayrullin, Yegor Korshkov, Pavel Kraskovski, Nikita Kurakin, Andrei Kuzmenko, Konstantin Kuznetsov, Artur Lauta, Arkhip Nekolenko, Alexander Protapovich, Nikita Rogov, Yevgeni Svechnikov, Andrei Svetlakov.
Goaltenders: Mason McDonald, Samuel Montembeault. Defence: Travis Dermott, Haydn Fleury, Brandon Hickey, Noah Juulsen, Roland McKeown, Jérémy Roy, Travis Sanheim. Forwards: Connor Bleackley, Rourke Chartier, Lawson Crouse, Jake DeBrusk, Jayce Hawryluk, Joshua Ho-Sang, Travis Konecny, John Quenneville, Dylan Sadowy, Mitchell Stephens, Dylan Strome, Jake Virtanen, Spencer Watson.
|Last Title||reign ends
(+ 2 ties, 1 void)
|First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
URS 4-3 CAN – 01/05/1975 – WJT – Winnipeg
|Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
CAN 4-1 RUS – 08/03/2015 – NJC – Calgary
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 7-1 CZE – 08/04/2015 – NJC – Calgary
|Next IHLC Game
RUS 4-2 CZE – 08/08/2015 – NJC – Calgary
Article Credit: Hockey Canada