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Mason Stops 45 Shots In 4-2 Canada Win

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Steve Mason stopped 45-of-47 shots to lead Canada to a 4-2 victory over Russia in the fourth game of the Canada Russia Super Series in Omsk, Russia Saturday. Stefan Legein, the Blue Jackets’ second pick, 37th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft has his three-game goal streak snapped and was whistled for six penalty minutes.

Mason, the club’s second pick, 69th overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, made his second appearance of the tournament and earned his second win. He held Russia scoreless for the first two periods, until Alexei Grishin lit the lamp at the 2:29 mark of the final frame. Maxim Mayorov, the Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 94th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft scored his first point of the tournament with an assist on the goal. He also had two penalty minutes.

The Canada Russia Super Series is an eight-game series between the two countries under-20 teams. It was set up to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series between the teams. The series’ first four games were played in Russia (Ufa and Omsk), while the final four games will be played in Canada (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Vancouver). The series continues with the fifth game on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Blue Jackets will begin preparations for the 2007-08 NHL season by participating in the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan September 7-11. The club will open its seventh training camp in Columbus with physicals and strength & conditioning testing on Thursday, September 13 and on-ice workouts on Friday, September 14. Complete training camp information will be released in the coming days.

Tickets for 2007 pre-season games are on sale now. Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 9 a.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

- CBJ -

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