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QMJHL wins finale of Canada-Russia series

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Mathieu Joseph, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, scored two goals to lead the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a 6-4 win against Russia on Thursday in the final game of the CHL Canada-Russia-Series at Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jeremy Lauzon (Boston Bruins) had one goal and two assists for the QMJHL and Anthony Beauvillier (New York Islanders) had one goal and one assist. Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nicolas Meloche (Colorado Avalanche) also scored. Goaltender Mason McDonald (Calgary Flames) made 27 saves.

Forwards Julien Gauthier and Pierre-Luc Dubois, A-rated prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list, each had a plus-2 rating.

Kirill Pilipenko and Artur Lauta, also 2016 draft prospects, scored for Russia. Evgeny Svechnikov (Detroit Red Wings) had two goals.

The QMJHL scored the game's first four goals, including two in a 1:51 span by Joseph and Beauvillier.

Svechnikov, who plays for Cape Breton in the QMJHL, started a run of three straight goals for Russia, which got within one when Lauta scored at 10:23 of the second.

Meloche scored on a wraparound at 4:30 of the third to provide some insurance for the QMJHL, and Joseph scored his second of the game off a rebound in front to make it 6-3.

Pilipenko scored on the power play with 1:10 left but that was all Russia could muster.

The CHL won five of the six games in the series, with the Western Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League winning their two games. Russia's only win was a 3-2 victory against the QMJHL on Tuesday.

All players who skated in the games are eligible to play in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, which starts Dec. 26 in Helsinki.

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