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WHL beats Russia 4-2 in finale of Super Series

Friday, 11.29.2013 / 12:31 AM / News

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WHL beats Russia 4-2 in finale of Super Series
Greg Chase started and finished the Western Hockey League’s comeback from a two-goal deficit in a 4-2 victory against Russia in the sixth and final game of the Subway Super Series on Thursday night in Lethbridge, Ontario.

Gregory Chase started and finished the Western Hockey League’s comeback from a two-goal deficit in a 4-2 victory against Russia in the sixth and final game of the Subway Super Series on Thursday night in Lethbridge, Ontario.

Russia, which beat the WHL 3-2 on Wednesday night in Red Deer, Alberta, grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kirill Voronin scored 1:19 after the opening faceoff and went up by two goals when Igor Rudenkov beat Tristan Jarry at 5:25.

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 – Russia 3, WHL 2
Game 6 – WHL 4, Russia 2

The WHL outshot Russia 16-6 in the first period but couldn’t score until early in the second. Chase cut the deficit to one goal at 2:05, and Derrick Pouliot tied it with a power-play goal at 6:56.

Hunter Shinkaruk, a first-round selection (No. 24) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 NHL Draft, put the WHL ahead to stay by beating Igor Shestyorkin 1:13 into the third period, and Chase, a seventh-round pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, scored again at 6:08.

The WHL outshot Russia 42-17.

Russia won three of the six games in the series. The Russians lost twice to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, won once in regulation and once in a shootout against the Ontario Hockey League and split two games against the WHL.

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