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CANADA/RUSSIA SUPER SERIES COVERAGE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings prospects Jonathan Bernier (goaltender) and Thomas Hickey (defenseman) played for Team Canada at the “Super Series” which began on Monday, Aug. 27 in Ufa, Russia and concluded on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Canada. Both Bernier (11th overall in 2006) and Hickey (fourth overall in 2007) were selected by the Kings in the first-round of the NHL Entry Draft.

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The “Super Series” was a special one-time eight-game series between Canada and Russia featuring top Under-20 players from the two countries. Games Aug. 27 and 29 were  played in Ufa while games on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 will be played in Omsk, Russia. The Series then shifted to Canada for games -- Sept. 4 at Winnipeg; Sept. 5 at Saskatoon; Sept. 7 at Red Deer; and Sept. 9 at Vancouver.

Canada went on to win the series by an 7-0-1 margin out-scoring the Russians, 39-17. Bernier led all goaltenders posting a 2-0-1 record with a .956 SV% and a 1.19 GAA after surrendering just three goals in 151 minutes of play and posting the lone shutout of the tournament. Hickey, meanwhile,  scored 0-4=4 in eight games played with two penalty minutes. Three of his four assists were on the power play.

Bernier is a native of Laval, Quebec. He last season played for Lewistown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Hickey is a native of Calgary. He last season played for Seattle of the Western Hockey League.

Sunday, Sept. 9: Canada 6, Russia 1 - With five power play goals, including a pair from Kyle Turris as Canada trounced Russia, 6-1. Karl Alzner and Zach Boychuk added a goal and an assist apiece, and Brandon Sutter, and Colton Gillies also scored for Canada. Thomas Hickey was scoreless in the last game of the series and Leland Irving made 25 saves for the win, as Bernier did not see any action in the finale. STATS.

Friday, Sept. 7: Canada 4, Russia 4 - Canada trailed 2-0 in the first period and 4-3 after the second period, but a third period powerplay goal by Sam Gagner. Kyle Turris, Logan Pyett and Brandon Sutter also scored for Canada. Thomas Hickey finished with two assists, earning helpers on the first and fourth goals of the game for Canada drew the Canadians into a 4-4 tie. Jonathan Bernier saw 30 minutes of action and surrendered two goals. STATS.

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Canada 4, Russia 1 - Sam Gagner, Dana Tyrell, Brandon Sutter and Zach Boychuk scored for Canada as Team Canada blew open a 1-1 tie with a three-goal third period outburst for a 4-1 lead and a 6-0 lead in the series. Kings prospect D Thomas Hickey was scoreless in the game, but has tallied two assists with two PIM in six games this series. Fellow Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier did not see any action in the game but is 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA for the series. STATS.

Tuesday, Sept. 4: Canada 8, Russia 1 - Thomas Hickey earned his second assist of the series and Jonathan Bernier picked up his second win with a dominant 32-save effort in an 8-1 win for Canada as Canada clinched the Super Series victory with it fifth win in five games. Claude Giroux – Canada’s Player of the Game – led the way for Canada with two goals and an assist, while Sam Gagner and Logan Pyett each chipped in with a goal and two assists. David Perron, Zac Boychuk, Zach Hamill and Kyle Turris also scored for the Canadians. STATS.

Saturday, Sept. 1: Canada 4, Russia 2 - Brad Marchand – Canada’s Player of the Game – scored a pair of huge goals, and Sam Gagner and John Tavares also found the scoresheet as Canada moved to within one win of clinching the series STATS.

Friday, Aug. 31: Canada 6, Russia 2 - Kings prospect Thomas Hickey had an assist and six different players tallied goals to lead Canada to a 6-2 victory to improve to 3-0 in the eight-game Russia-Canada Super Series. Leading 3-2 entering the third, Claude Giroux, Stefan Legein and Zachary Boychuk tallied goals to break open a close game and account for the scoring. Fellow Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier did not see any action while Leland Irving stopped 32-of-34 shots for Canada. STATS.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: Canada 3, Russia 0 - Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier recorded 23 saves to shut out Russia, 3-0 on Wednesday. Russia received goals from Kyle Turris (Phoenix '07), Stefan Legein (Columbus '07) and David Perron (St. Louis '07) to support Bernier in his shutout effort. STATS.

Monday, Aug. 27: Canada 4, Russia 2 - Bruins prospect Brad Marchand and Oilers prospect Sam Gagner each had a goal and an assist while Coyote 2007 first-round pick Kyle Turris and Blue Jackets '07 second round pick Stefan Legein also tallied goals to lead Canada to a 4-2 win in the opener. CBJ prospect Steve Mason started in net and earned the win. Kings' No. 1 pick in 2007 Thomas Hickey was scoreless while Jonathan Bernier did not see any action.   STATS

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