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Posted On Friday, 11.16.2012 / 1:08 AM

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

Khokhlachev outstanding as Russia wins Super Series

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.

Yaroslav Kosov finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:28 left. Defenseman Mikhail Naumenkov had a goal and an assist for Russia.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:57 PM

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

Russia holds 4-1 lead after two periods

Team Russia showcased its speed, skill and strength in scoring a pair of goals in the second period and taking a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie put Team WHL on the board at 8:15 of the second period, when he skated the puck down the left side of the Team Russia zone, beat a defender and flipped a high backhand shot that got between goalie Andrey Makarov and the post to cut the home team's deficit to 2-1.

However, the momentum didn't last, as Team Russia needed just 28 seconds to push the lead back to two. Kirill Kapustin took the puck down the right side of the Team WHL zone, shrugged aside defenseman Derrick Pouliot, spun and fired a shot on net that goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped, but the puck bounced right to a pinching Kirill Diyakov, who scored off the rebound at 8:43.

That marked the end of Brossoit's night. After shutting out Team Russia last night in Vancouver, he stopped 10 of 13 shots Thursday in 28:43 of action. He was replaced by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Eric Comrie.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:04 PM

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

Team Russia up 2-0 after one period

Team Russia accomplished something in the first period of Game 6 of the CHL Subway Super Series it couldn't through 60 minutes of regulation last night and the shootout -- put a puck past Team WHL goalie Laurent Brossoit.

Russia did it twice, with Mikhail Naumenkov and Andrei Sigarev scoring to give Team Russia a 2-0 lead after one period.

If Team Russia wins in regulation, it would win the six-game series.

Kirill Kapustin beat a pair of Team WHL skaters to a puck along the wall in the offensive zone and sent it to Naumenkov at the left point. The defenseman one-timed the puck on net where it bounced past Brossoit at 7:06.

Then with 10 seconds left, Alexander Khokhlachev skated with the puck through the offensive zone, drawing defenders to him. He dropped the puck for Sigarev, who skated into a shot from the high slot that went past Brossoit high.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 9:50 PM

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

Brossoit in goal for Team WHL in Super Series finale

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in the finale of the CHL Subway Super Series tonight against Russia. It includes Laurent Brossoit back in net after stopping all 30 shots he faced in regulation and all three attempts in the shootout in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat of Russia.

Adam Lowry - Collin Smith - J.C. Lipon

Brady Brassart - Steven Hodges - Michael St. Croix

Graham Black - Sam Fioretti - Mitchell Holmberg

Curtis Lazar - Mark McNeill - Ty Rattie

Griffin Reinhart - Keegan Lowe

Morgan Rielly - Tyler Wotherspoon

Derrick Pouliot - Mathew Dumba

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 1:16 AM

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

Shinkaruk keys Team WHL to shootout win

About a year ago, Medicine Hat forward Hunter Shinkaruk stood at center ice in the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon waiting for his shootout attempt against Saskatoon Blades goalie Andrey Makarov. He already had beaten Makarov once in regulation that Nov. 22 night, but in the shootout, Makarov won the battle as Saskatoon finished with a 4-3 victory.

Wednesday night, Shinkaruk stood at center ice at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver waiting for another shootout chance against Makarov.

He clearly learned from his previous miss -- the 2013 NHL Draft prospect beat Makarov to lead Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout victory against Russia in Game 5 of the CHL Subway Super Series.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 11:52 PM

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

Super Series scoreless after two periods

In the tight race to represent Canada in goal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Laurent Brossoit certainly made a strong statement in the second period.

The Calgary Flames prospect stopped all 12 shots Russia threw at him to help Team WHL keep Game 5 of the Subway Super Series scoreless through two periods.

Team Russia outshot Team WHL 12-10 in the period. Maxim Shalunov had the best scoring chance of the second, taking a long stretch pass and breaking in alone on Brossoit, but he denied the scoring chance just over six minutes into the period.

Valeri Nichushkin had another great chance in the final 75 seconds of the period, rushing the puck into the Team WHL zone, holding off a Team WHL defender, spinning and firing a backhander in net, but Brossoit calmly directed the shot into the corner.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 10:55 PM

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

Super Series game scoreless after one period

The first period of Game 5 of the Subway Super Series saw lots of hits and lots of shots, but no goals, as the teams finished 20 minutes in Vancouver scoreless. Team WHL out-shot Team Russia 13-11.

Each team had back-to-back power plays in the period, but neither was able to cash in. Team WHL was shorthanded all but 17 seconds of a four-minute span early in the first period, as Edmonton Oil Kings teammates Griffin Reinhart (checking from behind) and Travis Ewanyk (interference) were sent to the penalty box.

Team WHL got its chance later in the period, as consecutive penalties on Yevgeni Mozer (tripping) and Yaroslav Dyblenko (interference) were sent off. Despite for all but 23 seconds of a four-minute span, Team WHL was unable to score.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 10:07 PM

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

Team WHL lineup for Super Series Game 5

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in Game 5 of the CHL Super Series against Team Russia:

Adam Lowry - Mark McNeill - Colton Sissons

Hunter Shinkaruk - Brady Brassard - Michael St. Croix

Sam Fioretti - Graham Black - Mitchell Holmberg

Travis Ewanyk - Sam Reinhart - Curtis Lazar

Duncan Siemens - Ryan Murray

Griffin Reinhart - Mathew Dumba

Morgan Rielly - Ryan Pulock

Laurent Brossoit will start in goal, with Eric Comrie the backup.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 10:03 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

OHL hangs on for 2-1 win in Super Series Game 4

The Ontario Hockey League select team did not have a third-period letdown this time around, but Russia certainly made it interesting.

The OHL entered the final period with a 1-0 lead for a second straight game in the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario on Monday night, but instead of allowing Russia to score twice to steal a win like in Game 3, the home team built on its lead to secure a 2-1 win in Game 4.

The OHL's victory tied the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series at 2-2, with the final two games against the Western Hockey League slated for Vancouver on Wednesday and Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday.

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs scored a first-period goal and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves provided what turned out to be the winner in the third as the OHL bounced back after losing the league's first Subway Super Series game to Russia on Thursday night in Guelph, Ontario.

The game marked a homecoming of sorts for Russian captain and 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov, who played his two years of major junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and received a warm welcome from the crowd when he was introduced prior to the game. The Edmonton Oilers prospect risked being on the wrong end of his biggest highlight when he was the victim of a massive, third-period hit by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Binnington perfect for 30 minutes, OHL leads after two

St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack left the game after 30 shutout minutes and a first-period goal by Ryan Strome remained the difference as the Ontario Hockey League maintained its 1-0 lead against Team Russia through two periods of Game 4 of the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Binnington only had to make eight saves for his half shutout before giving way to Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, at 10:32 of the second period.

“All these players are outstanding, both offensively and defensively,” Binnington told Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds. “They did a great job limiting [Russia] to eight shots.”

Though there were no goals scored in the second period, the game had terrific pace with lots of end to end action and some big hitting. A lot of the physical play was being instigated by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson, a Washington Capitals prospect who was hitting anything he could find in a red jersey.

Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, had two of the better chances of the period. The first came when he nearly split the Russian defense to go in alone on goal, but 2013 NHL Draft prospect Mikhail Naumenkov dropped his stick as Camara went by, and the loose stick wound up knocking the puck away before Corrado could get a shot off.

Later, Camara was set up with an open net by London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith, but his redirection went just wide with a little less than six minutes to play in the period.

Paterson only needed to make three saves in the OHL net over the second half of the period, while Vasilevskiy has stopped 14 of 15 shots through 40 minutes for the Russians.

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