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Rafikov, Russia down Team WHL on Monday

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

SASKATOON, SK -- Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov and Team Russia edged Morgan Klimchuk and Team WHL 3-2 on Monday at the Subway Super Series.

Alexander Bryntsev struck just 38 seconds into the opening game of the Subway Super Series but Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen was able to get the WHL on the board before the first period came to a close, beating netminder Igor Shestyorkin at 19:05.

Cole Ully gave the WHL a 2-1 lead in the third period but Konstantin Okulov beat goaltender Eric Comrie at the 18:43 mark of the third period to send the game into extra time.

Overtime solved nothing and Vladimir Bryukvin ended up scoring the game-winner in the 11th round of the shootout.

Klimchuk was held pointless and was a minus-two. Rafikov, who was held pointless as well, served as Russia's captain.

Klimchuk was the Flames first round pick (28th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. The forward is currently in his fourth full season with Regina Pats. He has four goals and 10 points in nine games this season.

Rafikov was the Flames seventh round selection (187th overall) in 2013. The defenceman is in his first season with HK Ryazan in the VHL. He is second in team scoring with 12 points in 17 games.

Game 2 of the Subway Super Series takes place on Tuesday in Brandon, MB. The puck drops at 5:00 PM MT (Sportsnet Ontario, Pacific, 360, and TVA Sports).

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