Friday, November 16, 2012
SUPER SERIES ENDS IN SPLIT
Five players scored as the Russians defeated the Western Hockey League all-stars 5-2 in the final game of the Subway Super Series.
Mikhail Naumenkov, Andrei Sigarev, Kirill Dyakov, Alexander Khokhlachev and Yaroslav Kosov scored for Russia, which tied the best-of-six series at three.
Russian goalie Andrei Makarov, who was a standout in the series, said he and his team were ready to celebrate after winning Game 6.
`"I feel happy and it was lots of fun. I feel amazing, actually, and it was a big step for us each game that we won,'' said Makarov, who made 22 saves.
"The team is feeling great. We will be celebrating a little bit.''
The Russians finished the series with a win against each junior hockey league, after previously beating the QMJHL and the OHL.
WHL coach Don Nachbaur said he was proud of his team for hanging with the Russians after beating them 1-0 in Game 5.
"The kids did their best and we're not blaming anybody. Last night it went our way and tonight it didn't,'' said Nachbaur. `"We've got to give full credit to the Russian team - they know how to play.
"We're a proud team and our kids did our best, but we made way too many mistakes and they capitalized.''
Ty Rattie and Adam Lowry scored for the WHL.
Russia opened the scoring when Naumenkov fired a long wrist shot from the point through a screen that fooled WHL goalie Laurent Brossoit.
Brossoit, a Calgary Flames prospect, sparkled later in the period, sticking out his toe to stop Sigarev who had split the WHL defence and gone in alone.
But with just under 10 seconds left in the period Russia took a two-goal lead when Sigarev took a drop pass, toe-dragged the puck past the WHL defence and fired a wrist shot top corner past a stunned Brossoit.
The WHL got on the scoreboard when Rattie grabbed the puck at the Russian blue-line and deked to the outside past their defence, bouncing it off the post short side on Makarov.
Russia responded just 28 seconds later when Dyakov picked up a rebound and snapped it low past Brossoit, making it 3-1.
Later in the period Russia took a commanding lead on a two-on-one right in front of the WHL net. Khokhlachev faked the puck to his backhand and roofed one over a down and out Eric Comrie, who had replaced Brossoit at the halfway mark of the period.
Early in the third the WHL made the game 4-2 on the power play when forward Colin Smith moved in and fed a perfect pass to Winnipeg Jets draft pick Lowrie for a tap-in.
"Unfortunately they scored a couple of lucky goals early and that deflated us,'' said Lowry. "Then they scored that quick goal after we scored our first one and after that they were able to limit our chances.''
The WHL made a late push, including a disallowed goal with just over four minutes left to play, but they couldn't get any closer.
Russia added a goal into an empty net to win the game.
© 2012 The Canadian Press