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Flames' prospect Irving gets victory in Super Series

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

OMSK, Russia (CP) - Canada's junior hockey team is looking for a sweep in Russia after a 6-2 win in Game 3 of the Super Series on Friday.

Kyle Turris, a New Westminster, B.C., product bound for the University of Wisconsin next season, and Stefan Legein of the Niagara IceDogs scored their third goals in as many games for Canada.

Claude Giroux of the Gatineau Olympiques, Sam Gagner of the London Knights, Zach Boychuk of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Colton Gillies of the Saskatoon Blades also scored for Canada.

The Canadian team had four power-play goals, including two to open the scoring. Goaltender Leland Irving of the Everett Silvertips got the victory.

Pavel Doronin's short-handed goal in the first period was Russia's first since the first period of the series-opener Monday in Ufa.

Alexander Ryabev scored his second of the series in the second period.

Russian goalie Semen Varlamov, a Washinton Capitals draft pick, suffered his second loss of the series and was replaced by Vadim Zhelobnyuk to start the second period. Russia outshot Canada 34-22.

Game 4 of the eight-game event is Saturday (TSN, 6 a.m. ET). The Canadian team then makes the trek home Sunday from Omsk to Toronto via Moscow and Frankfurt.

Winnipeg is the first Canadian stop on the tour on Tuesday, followed by Saskatoon on Wednesday, Red Deer, Alta., on Friday and Vancouver on Sept. 9.

Star Russian forward Alexei Cherepanov, whose home club is Omsk, is out for the series due to a concussion he suffered in a massive collision with Canadian forward Brandon Sutter in the first period of Game 1. Sutter was penalized for charging on that play.

Like Ufa's hockey rink had been for Game 1, the new Arena Omsk was a hive of activity before Friday's game to get it prepared for the evening game, which was sold out at 10,000 spectators..

Gagner opened the scoring on a power play at 7:47 of the first period. David Perron smartly drew a checker with him behind the net before getting the puck to Gagner with a backhand pass.

Turris made it 2-0 at 9:40 with another power-play goal. He converted John Tavares's pass from behind the net.

Doronin shook off defender Drew Doughty and beat Irving between his pads for a short-handed goal at 13:23 to narrow Canada's lead to 2-1.

A blocked shot in the Canadian zone rebounded the other way and Gillies chased it down for a breakaway goal at 15:10.

Ryabev pulled the hosts within one with the lone goal of the second period at 4:33. Irving got a piece of his wrist shot from the face-off circle to his left but bobbled the puck behind him.

Canada solved substitute goalie Zhelbnyuk quickly in the third period as Giroux beat him through the five-hole with a shot from his knees at 5:35 for a power-play goal.

Legein wired a clear shot between his left shoulder and the crossbar a 6:13 to make it 5-2. Boychuk rounded out the scoring at 17:00. .

The series was put together to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. The two countries tied 4-4 in Winnipeg in Game 3 of that series to make it 1-1-1..

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