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Brad Marchand's shootout goal leads QMJHL to a 3-2 win over Russian Selects

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GATINEAU, Que. - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League all-stars weren't going to be denied two games in a row.

Brad Marchand scored in regulation time and added the winner in the shootout as the QMJHL all-stars collected a 3-2 win over the Russian Selects at the Robert Guertin Arena Wednesday night.

The QMJHL all-stars let a 4-3 third-period lead slip away in Chicoutimi Monday night and fell 6-4 to the Selects.

"We lost that first game in Chicoutimi and we didn't take it well," said Claude Giroux of the Gatineau Olympiques. "We didn't play as a team but (Tuesday) we were together the whole day as a team and we played more as a team.

"We really wanted to win."

The game was the second in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, which now shifts to Kitchener, Ont., for the first of two games featuring the Selects and the best of the Ontario Hockey League. The series concludes next week with two games against the Western Hockey League all-stars.

Christopher DiDomenico also scored in regulation for the Quebec League, while the Russians had goals from Alexander Vasyunov and Vidim Golubtsov.

The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods having each scored consecutive goals in short order, although the QMJHL stars had a little more real time between their goals.

Up 2-0 in the second period and following several good scoring chances, it looked as though the QMJHL stars were going to go on cruise control.

Eight minutes into the period though, the Russians showed signs of life when Vasyunov scored on the power play and just 1:03 later Golubtsov tied the game when he beat Quebec goaltender Jonathan Bernier in close.

The QMJHL all-stars settled down at that point and outshot Russia 11-7 in the period and 28-23 overall. While the Russians were unfortunate to be down a goal after one period, they were lucky to be tied after two.

"We had the better chances," said Richard Martel, an assistant coach for the QMJHL team and the head coach of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. "We were harder on the puck and after the first 10 minutes we started to pick up the tempo, we started to move the puck and we started to hit. It was an intense game right until the end."

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