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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 7:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Team OHL, Russia play scoreless first period

Russia, playing its third game in four days, looked a step slow in the first period facing Team OHL in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series at Guelph, Ontario.

One starter looked fresh, however: goalie Igor Ustinski, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect. Ustinski stopped everything Team OHL threw at the Russian net and the game remained scoreless after one period.

Each team had a chance to get on the board on a power-play chance, but Ustinski and Team OHL goalie Malcolm Subban, a Boston Bruins prospect, combined to keep the nets well-guarded.

Team OHL outshot Russia, 9-4.

Alexander Khokhlachev, another Bruins prospect, had Russia's best chance, with about four minutes left, when he took a nice cross-ice pass from Kirill Kapustin and had two shots down low, but Subban denied him both times.

Moments later, Russia captain Nail Yakupov was called for kneeing Sean Monahan, but Team OHL couldn't take advantage of their extra-man opportunity, with Brett Ritchie -- who took Team OHL's penalty 5:43 into the game -- having the best chance, but a bouncing puck got past him.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 7:05 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Team OHL lineup for Thursday's game against Russia

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, here's the lineup Team OHL will start with when it faces Russia in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series tonight in Guelph, Ontario.

Tyler Graovac - Boone Jenner - Joshua Leivo

Zach Hall - Ryan Strome - Brett Ritchie

Matt Puempel - Scott Laughton -Zachary Mitchell

Connor McDavid - Sean Monahan - Barclay Goodrow

Cody Ceci - Matthew Finn

Ryan Murphy - Slater Koekkoek

Stuart Percy - Dylan DeMelo

Malcolm Subban will start in goal, with Jordan Binnington backing him up.

The game is live tonight on NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 9:35 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Canada East, Canada West win final prelim games

Troy Stecher's power-play goal 1:22 into overtime gave Canada West a 4-3 win against Russia on Wednesday, the final day of preliminary-round play in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The win clinched first place in Group A for Canada West and earned it a bye into the tournament semifinals Friday.

Canada West goalie Jonah Imoo stopped 37 of 40 shots as Russia outshot Canada West 40-19.

Stecher's teammate with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League and fellow 2013 NHL Draft prospect Wade Murphy opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:34 into the second, but Russia responded with goals two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead. Seb Lloyd scored with 15 seconds left in the second to tie the game.

Aaron Hadley put Canada West up 3-2 two minutes into the third, but Russia's Sergei Stetsenko, a C-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, scored at 14:09 of the third to force overtime.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 9:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Big line leads Team QMJHL

Steve Spott, who will coach Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship, is keeping a close eye on the Subway Super Series games as he goes about creating the roster he'll take with him to Russia in December.

After watching Wednesday's Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he might have one line already set -- the trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jonathan Drouin combined for 11 points as Team QMJHL beat Team Russia 5-2.

MacKinnon, a leading candidate to be the first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and three assists, more than making up for his minus-4 performance Monday in Team QMJHL's 6-2 loss in the Super Series opener Monday in Blainville, Quebec.

Huberdeau, the Florida Panthers' top prospect, added a pair of goals -- including the game-winner early in the second -- and an assist. Drouin, who sat out Monday's game with a foot injury, had a goal and three assists. MacKinnon's teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads, Drouin also likely will be a top 10 pick in June.

Francis Beauvillier also scored a goal for Team QMJHL, and goalies Zachary Fucale and Francois Brassard combined to stop 22 of 24 shots.

Andrei Sigarev and Vladimir Tkachev scored for Team Russia. Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, Russia's biggest offensive stars, were held scoreless after scoring a goal and an assist each Monday.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Huberdeau, MacKinnon excel for Team QMJHL

Team QMJHL's two biggest offensive stars stepped up big in the second period to lead Team QMJHL to a 3-1 lead on Team Russia after two periods at their Subway Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in the period, both assisted by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon.

The pair started Monday's series opener on the same line, but were separated during the game, and started Wednesday's game on different lines. Coach Andre Tourigny reunited them during the second period and the pair clicked perfectly.

MacKinnon created a center-ice turnover, and then Huberdeau poked the loose puck through a Team Russia player to create a 2-on-0 rush with MacKinnon, who jumped into the play, took a pass from Huberdeau and returned it to the Florida Panthers top prospects for an easy goal at 3:51 of the period.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia, QMJHL tied after one period

After one period, Team QMJHL and Team Russia are tied 1-1 in the second game of their portion of the Subway Super Series, in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Team QMJHL opened the scoring less than a minute in, when Florida Panthers prospect Francis Beauvillier scored just 59 seconds into the game. Brent Andrews won a draw in Team Russia's end straight back to defenseman James Melindy at the blue line. Melindy moved the puck to Beauvillier at the outside edge of the right circle. Beauvillier's quick shot went past goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0.

The hosts nearly made it 2-0 when Charles Hudon had a shorthanded breakaway moments later, but Vasilevskiy made the save.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 11:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. headed to World Junior A semifinals

After a slow start offensively, the U.S. opened things up in the second period en route to a 4-3 defeat of Switzerland on Tuesday, the second day of the World Junior A Challenge, being played at Mariners Center in Yarmouth, N.S.

The U.S. trailed 1-0 after one period, but scored four goals in the second, including three in the first 5:39 of the period, to blow the game open and earn a spot in the tournament semifinals Friday. The U.S. won Group B with a 2-0 record that includes Monday's 9-1 defeat of Canada East.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Fitzgerald leads U.S. at World Junior A opener

Ryan Fitzgerald opened eyes when he had three assists at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo in September. The 2013 NHL Draft prospect did it again Monday playing for the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge.

Fitzgerald, who plays for Valley Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, had a hat trick to lead the U.S. to a 9-1 opening-game rout of Canada East.

Ryan Fitzgerald

The tournament, being played in Yarmouth, N.S., runs through Nov. 12.

A C-rated skater in NHL Central Skating's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, Fitzgerald scored Team USA's first two goals, then closed the first by completing his hat trick with a power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the period.

Taylor Cammarata made it 4-0 with a power-play goal at 6:13 of the second, and after a shorthanded goal later in the second, defenseman Dan Molenaar made it 7-0 with a goal seven seconds into the third.

Eamon McAdam stopped 26 of 27 shots, including 15 of 16 in the third, for the win. McAdam, who plays for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, earned a B rating from Central Scouting, as well as the accolades of his coach.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 5:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Green Bay teammates Kaib, Rotolo honored by USHL

Green Bay Gamblers teammates and 2013 NHL Draft prospects Barrett Kaib and Michael Rotolo were among the United States Hockey League's weekly award winners.

Kaib shared the CCM Defenseman of the Week honors with the Sioux Falls Stampede's Matthew Van Voorhis, while Rotolo was named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Kaib had a goal and an assist in two games last week. He scored the opening goal Friday in a 5-0 shutout of the Youngstown Phantoms, and was a plus-3 for the game. He then assisted on the game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-1 defeat of Youngstown.

Van Voorhis had three points and a plus-3 rating in two games. He assisted on the game-winning goal in a 6-4 home win against the Fargo Force on Friday, and had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Chicago Steel on Saturday. It was Van Voorhis' second multi-point game of the season. He also was a plus-2 Saturday, marking the 10th straight game he has been an even or plus player.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 3:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Petan drawing his own share of spotlight in Portland

When it comes to the 2013 NHL Draft and the Portland Winterhawks, the first name to come up is Seth Jones. But rapidly approaching that status is center Nicolas Petan.

The 5-foot-8.5, 163-pound forward had another outstanding weekend and continues to climb the Western Hockey League scoring chart. Petan had a pair of three-point games in wins against the Victoria Royals to climb to sixth in the league with 27 points. His 19 assists are third.

He had a goal and two assists Friday in a 6-2 win against Victoria, and repeated that effort in Saturday's 6-2 victory.

He now has a point in seven straight games, with four goals and 13 assists in his streak. He earned a C rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Petan wasn't the only draft-eligible WHL player to have a good weekend. Here are a few others:

* Lethbridge Hurricanes center Johnathaon Merkley scored two goals Friday in a 5-2 defeat of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

* Calgary center Gregory Chase had three assists in the Hitmen's 4-2 win at the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

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