Sean Monahan, Scott Harrington and Dougie Hamilton each scored goals in the second period and the Canadian National Junior Team held on for a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in the opening game of the Canada-Russia Challenge on Thursday at Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl, Russia.
The host country will look to even the scheduled four-game series on Friday at Arena 2000 at 10 a.m. ET., before both teams resume play in Halifax, N.S., on Monday and Tuesday.
Nail Yakupov, the first pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft, had pulled Russia within 3-2 with his team on a two-man advantage with six minutes remaining in the third off a feed from Artyom Sergeyev. Canadian starter Malcolm Subban (Boston Bruins) came up big down the stretch to pick up the victory between the pipes.