Nail Yakupov was the focus of most of the attention during the Subway Super Series, but Thursday it was his linemates who had the biggest impact.
Alexander Khokhlachev and Andrei Sigarev each had a goal and an assist as Russia clinched its second Super Series title with a 5-2 defeat of Team WHL.
Leading 4-1 after two periods, Team WHL cut the deficit to 4-2 when Adam Lowry finished a nice passing play with linemates Colin Smith and Ty Rattie early in the third. With Team WHL on a power play, Rattie carried the puck down the middle of the ice and dished to Smith, who went below the goal line and found a trailing Lowry in front for the goal at 3:42.
That was as close as Team WHL would get, however, as goalie Andrey Makarov shut the door. He stopped seven of eight shots in the third, and made 22 saves for the game.