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Kings prospect Watson leads OHL past Russia

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson scored two goals and New Jersey Devils draft pick MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves to lead the Ontario Hockey League to a 3-0 defeat of Russia in the third game of the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series, on Thursday at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes) had one goal and one assist. The OHL will play its second game against Russia on Nov. 16 in Windsor, Ontario.

2015 CANADA-RUSSIA SERIES

Nov. 9 - WHL 7, Russia 3
Nov. 10 - WHL 4, Russia 2
Nov. 12 - OHL 3, Russia 0
Nov. 16 - OHL vs. Russia, in Windsor, Ont.
Nov. 17 - QMJHL vs. Russia, in Rouyn-Noranda, Que.
Nov. 19 - QMJHL vs. Russia, in Halifax, N.S.

Russia goalie Maxim Tretyak, a prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, made 33 saves.

The CHL has won the first three games of the six-game series. The Western Hockey League beat Russia in two games earlier this week.

Watson, a 2014 seventh-round pick (No. 209), scored on the first shot of the game, 34 seconds into the first period, with a shot from the top of the right circle.

Strome's power-play goal with nine seconds left in the first made it 2-0, and then Watson scored off a rebound with 20 seconds left in the second period to make it 3-0.

"Anytime you can come out and play in these exciting games in front of Hockey Canada it's a great feeling," Watson told the CHL website. "The two goals are nice and all but it was a great time to play for Team OHL and I thought we all played well."

Blackwood, a 2015 second-round pick (No. 42), made six saves in the third to clinch the victory.

"I had a great team in front of me and they really kept things simple, clearing rebounds and keeping Russia to the outside," Blackwood told the CHL website. "This game is kind of a testament to their strong play as well."

All players participating in the Canada-Russia Series are eligible to play in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, which starts Dec. 26 in Helsinki, Finland.

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