Tyler Graovac and Sean Monahan know each other quite well, and the relationship helped the Ottawa 67's teammates combine to score the game's only goal for Team OHL against Russia in Subway Super Series Game 3 at Guelph, Ontario.
With Russia halfway through a power play early in the second, defenseman Andrei Mironov got lazy with the puck at center ice, letting Monahan, the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, intercept a pass intended for Nail Yakupov.
Monahan skated past Yakupov into the left circle and found Graovac heading to the net. Monahan centered a pass to Graovac, and the OHL's leading goal-scorer and Minnesota Wild prospect made one deke and beat Russia goalie Igor Ustinski at 5:49 of the period.
Russia had a couple of solid chances, including a shorthanded chance for Alexander Khokhlachev early in the period, and a great chance in the high slot for Yakupov. However, Team OHL is outshooting Russia 17-9 after two periods.
Canada goalie Malcolm Subban left the game about halfway through the period after making seven saves. The Boston Bruins prospect was replaced by St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington, who stopped the two shots he faced in just over eight minutes of action. He'll play the remainder of the game.
Back with more after the third period.
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