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Russia beats OHL in Game 4 of Super Series

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 11:04 PM / News


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Russia beats OHL in Game 4 of Super Series
Russia won 3-2 in a shootout against the Ontario Hockey League on Monday in the fourth game of the Super Series in Sudbury, Ontario.

Nikolai Skladnichenko beat Jake Paterson in the eighth round of the shootout, lifting Russia to a 3-2 win against the Ontario Hockey League on Monday in the fourth game of the Super Series in Sudbury, Ontario.

Super Series schedule

Game 1 – QMJHL 3, Russia 2
Game 2 – QMJHL 4, Russia 3
Game 3 – Russia 5, OHL 2
Game 4 – Russia 3, OHL 2 (SO)
Game 5 – Wed. Nov. 27 at Red Deer, Alberta
Game 6 – Thurs. Nov. 28 at Lethbridge, Alberta

Russia goalie Ivan Nalimov made 50 saves through regulation and overtime, then denied seven of eight contestants in the shootout. Connor Brown was the only OHL player to beat Nalimov in the breakaway competition, in the fourth round.

Russia raced out to a 2-0 lead with goals 2:14 apart early in the first period. Ildar Shiksatdarov opened the scoring when he beat Paterson (21 saves) at 4:39. It was Shiksatdarov's second goal of the series.

Sergei Kuptsov doubled Russia's lead at 6:53 off a feed from Shiksatdarov. Kuptsov has 14 points in 28 games for the Ottawa 67's this season.

The OHL responded with goals 1:54 apart early in the second period.

Bo Horvat, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, cut the deficit in half when he beat Nalimov 1:01 into the second. Horvat, 18, was the ninth player selected at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Carter Verhaeghe tied it for the OHL at 2:55 off a pass from Nicholas Baptiste. Verhaeghe was a third-round pick (No. 82) by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this year.

The OHL outshot Russia 14-10 in the third period, but neither team scored.

The fifth game of the Super Series will be played Wednesday in Red Deer, Alberta.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres