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Huberdeau, MacKinnon excel for Team QMJHL

by Adam Kimelman

Team QMJHL's two biggest offensive stars stepped up big in the second period to lead Team QMJHL to a 3-1 lead on Team Russia after two periods at their Subway Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in the period, both assisted by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon.

The pair started Monday's series opener on the same line, but were separated during the game, and started Wednesday's game on different lines. Coach Andre Tourigny reunited them during the second period and the pair clicked perfectly.

MacKinnon created a center-ice turnover, and then Huberdeau poked the loose puck through a Team Russia player to create a 2-on-0 rush with MacKinnon, who jumped into the play, took a pass from Huberdeau and returned it to the Florida Panthers' top prospect for an easy goal at 3:51 of the period.

The duo worked its magic again later in the period. On a Team QMJHL power play, the home squad worked the puck around with Jonathan Drouin feeding MacKinnon at the left post. Instead of shooting, MacKinnon found Huberdeau sneaking in from the backdoor for an easy goal with 2:28 left in the period.

Zachary Fucale, MacKinnon's teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads and another top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, made nine of 10 saves in a period and a half of action. Francois Brassard replaced him and stopped all four shots in the period.

One save he didn't make came off the stick of Andrei Sigarev, who rang a shorthanded chance off the post. Seconds later, Huberdeau snuck past him for his power-play goal.

Back with more following the game.

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