CHL Canada Russia Series: Blackwood, Watson lead OHL to 3-0 win over Russia

By Ken McKenna
Spencer Watson - Team OHL - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Team OHL forward Spencer Watson celebrates one of his two goals in the OHL’s 3-0 win over Russia in the third game of the 2015 Canada Russia Series (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)



The CHL teams and Russia have reached the halfway point of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, and it has been all CHL to date. Team OHL took the baton from the WHL and continued the major junior circuit’s mastery in this year’s series, taking a 3-0 win against a road-weary Russian squad.

The OHL only needed one goal to secure the win, with that goal coming very early in the first period. Kingston Frontenacs left wing Spencer Watson (LAK) scored the first of two goals on the night just 34 seconds into the game to give Team OHL the 1-0 lead at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, ON.

The other offensive star for the OHL was Erie Otters center Dylan Strome (ARI), who scored the second goal of the game late in the first period and assisted on the third goal, also off the stick of Watson.

Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD) was perfect on the night for Team OHL, stopping all 25 Russian shots. Blackwood also picked up an assist on Strome’s goal, and was named the OHL Star of the Game for his efforts.

Blackwood talked about the OHL win following the game.

Two more participants for the OHL, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds’ forwards Zach Senyshyn (BOS) and Blake Speers (NJD), talked about the experience of competing in the CHL Canada Russia Series following the win over Russia.

Windsor Spitfires assistant coach Trevor Letowski is serving as an assistant for Team OHL. He provided his thoughts on the win after the game.

Maxim Tretiak again went the distance for Russia, stopping 33 of 36 shots in the loss. Right winger Kirill Pilipenko was named Russia’s Star of the Game, with his stat line showing two penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.

Highlights from the OHL’s 3-0 win can be viewed below.

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