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Canada blanks Russia, advances to Hlinka final

Friday, 08.12.2011 / 2:26 PM / Prospects

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Canada blanks Russia, advances to Hlinka final
Charles Hudon scored twice and added an assist and Canada held Russia to just six shots on goal in winning 5-0 in the semifinals of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday.

With the victory, the Canadians advance to the final of the annual under-18 international hockey tournament. They will face Sweden, a 4-3 overtime winner over Finland in the other semifinal, for the title on Saturday.

Thomas Wilson, Mathew Dumba and Derrick Pouliot also scored for Canada, which outshot Russia 44-6, including 35-2 over the first 40 minutes in building a four-goal cushion.

"It was a full team effort here tonight," head coach Steve Spott said. "Our game plan was real solid and the players executed it."

Canada put 18 shots on Andrei Vasilevski in the first period but were held off the scoreboard until Wilson tallied with one minute remaining.

That ended up being all the offense the Canadians would need, but they poured it on in the middle period. Hudon struck on a power play at 2:39 following a slashing penalty to Alexey Filippov, and then added another at the 6:33 mark. Hudon then had the primary assist as Dumba made it 4-0 with 2:32 left in the second.

"He has experience playing in April at the under-18 event, so he's an assistant captain and he's one of our go-to guys offensively up front," Spott said of Hudon. "And he definitely didn't disappoint here tonight."

Pouliot beat Igor Ustinski, who relieved Vasilevski to begin the third, at 1:31 to close out the scoring.

Daniel Altshuller recorded the shutout for Canada.
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