It wasn’t the cakewalk that the first game of the CHL Canada Russia Series turned out to be, but Team WHL nevertheless came away with their second consecutive win over Russia, 4-2, to sweep their portion this yearly affair.
Brandon Wheat Kings center Jayce Hawryluk netted the game-winning goal with a little over three minutes remaining in the third period at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC. The goal was the first of two points on the night for the Florida Panthers prospect, with his other point being the lone assist on an empty-net goal by Edmonton Oil Kings left wing Brett Pollock that sealed the win for the WHL.
Hawryluk was named the Star of the Game for the WHL, and had these comments following the win.
Prince George Cougars center Jansen Harkins (WPG) scored the opening goal of the game, his second of this series, while Kamloops Blazers right wing Deven Sideroff (ANA) netted the game-tying goal in front of the hometown fans that set the stage for Hawryluk’s heroics. Portland Winterhawks goaltender Adin Hill (ARI) stopped 18 of 20 shots to get the win for the WHL.
Regina Pats defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy (NYR) netted the first goal for Russia, while Admiral Vladivostok right wing Egor Yakovlev potted the second Russian marker. Russian goaltender Maxim Tretiak, grandson of Russian great Vladislav Tretiak, stopped 35 of 38 shots to earn Star of the Game honors for Russia.
Victoria Royals head coach Dave Lowry was behind the bench for the WHL in this series, and will also fill that role for Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He offered up his thoughts after the win in Kamloops.
The CHL Canada Russia Series is being used by Hockey Canada to gauge the talent that could be available to them when they put the final touches on the Canadian squad that will take part at this year’s World Juniors. Hockey Canada Director of Scouting Ryan Jankowski talked provided his observations following the second WHL win over Russia.
Highlights from the game in Kamloops can be viewed below.
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