While it was a case of too little, too late for Team Russia, they did manage to notch their first win of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series with a 3-2 victory over Team QMJHL on Tuesday night at Iamgold Arena in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
The QMJHL fired 33 shots at Russian goaltender Alexander Trushkov, but for the second straight game Trushkov allowed just two goals to the opposition, this time helping his country to the win. Russia scored their three goals off of 20 shots on goal.
Three of the five goals acored in the game came in the first period, with Russia getting things started just under four minutes into the game. Russian defenseman Sergei Boikov (COL) intercepted a QMJHL clearing attempt at the right point, then blasted a shot past screened QMJHL goaltender Samuel Montembeault (FLA) to give Russia the 1-0 lead at the 3:40 mark. The goal was unassisted.
Eight minutes later, Russian forward Andrey Svetlakov took control of the puck in his own zone, then skated it into the QMJHL zone along the left wall before firing what seemed to be a harmless shot towards Montembeault. The shot eluded the QMJHL goaltender, however, giving Russia the 2-0 lead.
The QMJHL got on the board late in the first period. Forward Julien Gauthier intercepted an errant Russian pass at center ice, then skated it into the Russia zone along the right boards. Gauthier then fed a short pass to Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) in the faceoff circle, who in turn fed Anthony Richard (NSH) to the left of Trushkov where Richard deflected the puck into the net to make the score 2-1 with 30 seconds left in the first.
Team QMJHL tied the game up 15 minutes into the second period while on the power play. With the QMJHL moving the puck in the Russia zone, forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel (PHI) dished the puck to Samuel Girard at the left point. Girard moved the luck through the left faceoff circle before finding Nicolas Roy (CAR) in the slot for the shot that beat Trushkov to tie the game at two.
Russia scored the game winner just over two minutes later after a turnover by the QMJHL. Russian forward Arkhip Nekolenko took the puck away from Girard in the Russia zone, then fed an outlet pass to a breaking Artur Lauta. Lauta skated the puck into the QMJHL zone before firing a shot past the glove of Montembeault to make the score 3-2.
Russia locked things down in the third period, with Trushkov having to stop just five QMJHL shots in the final 20 minutes.
Daniil Vovchenko was named the Star of the Game for Russia, while Nicolas Roy earned that honor for the QMJHL.
Team QMJHL players Roy and Philippe Myers talked about the loss after the game.
Halifax Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme served as the head coach for Team QMJHL. He spoke about the loss following the game.
Below are highlights from Russia’s win over the QMJHL.
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