New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs gave the team representing the Ontario Hockey League a 1-0 lead against Team Russia after the first period of Game 4 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.
Strome, the OHL's top scorer with 37 points in 21 games, started the play with a long stretch pass out of his own end to the Russian blue line before skating hard to the offensive zone. After Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel corralled a loose puck, he found the streaking Strome alone in the slot for a one-time slap shot that trickled through Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy at 9:47 of the first.
That goal came about 30 seconds after Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s hit the goal post to the left of Vasilevskiy, a Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick last June. Vasilevskiy then made a stop on Washington Capitals draft pick Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers to keep the game scoreless, although it was short-lived.
The OHL selects had a glorious chance to take an early lead in the game when Russia's Mikhail Naumenkov and Maxim Shalunov took penalties 53 seconds apart at 0:56 and 1:49 of the first period, but they were unable to capitalize with a two-man advantage for 1:07.
The OHL squandered another power play opportunity at 6:07 of the period, one that was nullified by a penalty by 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi of the London Knights 41 seconds later.
The three power-play opportunities early on led to the OHL jumping out to a 7-3 lead in shots on goal, and the first period ended with the OHL holding an 8-5 lead in shots.
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