SYDNEY, N.S. - Junior standout Angelo Esposito's power-play goal late in the second period lifted a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League all-star team to a 5-3 win over a team of Russian selects Monday in the first game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.
Esposito, an Atlanta Thrashers prospect, scored at 19:18 of the middle period to send the QMJHL all-stars into the break with a 4-2 lead. He added an assist on Paul Byron's goal earlier in the period to pace the Quebec all-star team.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in St. John's, part of a six-game series that will see the Russian selects play two games each against all-star teams from the QMJHL, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League.
Luke Adam, Alex Grant and Nicholas Petersen added goals for the QMJHL, while Kevin Marshall added a pair of assists in the win.
Nikita Klyukin led the way with a goal and an assist for the Russians, while Anatoly Nikontsev and Dmitri Kugryshev also scored.
Maxime Clermont earned the win for Quebec, stopping all 12 shots he faced after relieving Olivier Roy midway through the game. Roy made 18 saves in his 30-minute stint.
Sergey Gayduchenko turned aside 16 shots in the Russian defeat.