After suffering a close loss to Russia in the fifth game of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, Team QMJHL closed out this year’s series on a high note with a 6-4 victory over the Russians at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.
The win gives the CHL 15 of a possible 18 points in the series, allowing the league to claim bragging rights after dropping last year’s series to the Russians. The winner of this yearly series has see-sawed back and forth for the past seven years after the CHL had dominated the first seven years of this event.
Although it would take a pair of goals in the third period to ultimately salt this one away for the QMJHL, a four-goal blitz in the first frame went a long way toward securing the win over Russia. Four different players – Jeremy Lauzon (BOS), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (PHI), Mathieu Joseph (TBL), and Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) – netted goals in the first for the QMJHL, with Lauzon also notching a pair of assists to go with his goal.
Russian starting goaltender Alexander Trushkov, who played well in the prior two games after a rough outing in the first game of the series, was chased from the crease after three QMJHL goals were scored on nine shots. Maxim Tretiak came into the game and quickly surrendered Beauvillier’s goal, with Tretiak ultimately stopping 22 of 25 shots on the night.
Russia found some offensive life late in the first on a goal by Evgeny Svechnikov (DET), then carried that momentum into the first half of the second period. Svechnikov beat QMJHL goaltender Mason McDonald (CGY) for his second consecutive goal early in the second, then Artur Lauta scored midway through the second to tighten the game at 4-3.
The QMJHL took back some momentum in the second half of the middle frame, then continued that roll on the third period to help secure the win. A goal by Nicolas Roy (CAR) early in the third, then the second of the game from Joseph made the score 6-3 in favor of the QMJHL. Kirill Pilipenko scored a power play goal for Russia with less than two minutes left, but that was as much offense as the Russian could muster in the third period.
Shots on goal for the game favored Team QMJHL, 34-31.
Four QMJHL players produced multi-point games in Halifax, with Lauzon (1G, 2A), Joseph (2G), Beauvillier (1G, 1A), and Samuel Girard (2A) leading the offense. Three Russian players turned in multi-point efforts, with Svechnikov (2G), Maxim Lazarev (3A), and Andrey Svetlakov (2A) doing the honors.
Lauzon was named the QMJHL’s Star of the Game as a result of his 3-point night, while Svechnikov received that honor for Russia for his 2-goal effort.
Jeremy Lauzon and QMJHL captain Clark Bishop (CAR) talked about the over the Russian after the game.
Team QMJHL head coach Dominique Ducharme was behind the bench for both games, and offered up his comments on the win following the game.
Below are the highlights from the QMJHL’s win over Russia.
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