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Russia defeats OHL on late goal

Kirill Urakov scores winner with 5:26 remaining in Game 3 of 2016 Canada Russia Series

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Kirill Urakov scored at 14:34 of the third period to give Russia a 4-3 win against the Ontario Hockey League in Game 3 of the 2016 Canada Russia Series at Memorial Garden Sports Arena in North Bay, Ontario, on Thursday.

German Rubtsov, selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 22nd pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had two goals for Russia, and Dmitry Sokolov (Minnesota Wild) also scored. Vladislav Sukhachyov made 29 saves. 

Owen Tippett, who received an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary players to watch list for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists for the OHL. Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils), Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Adam Mascherin (Florida Panthers) scored, and Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis Blues) had two assists. Evan Cormier (Devils) had 21 saves.

The OHL trailed 3-1 after two periods, but tied the game on goals 1:58 apart in the third. Mascherin scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 12:12, and Cirelli tied the game when he put in the rebound of a shot by Kyle Capobianco (Arizona Coyotes) at 14:10.

Urakov, a prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, scored the game-winning goal on the next shift.

"I think we dug ourselves into a hole," OHL assistant coach Stan Butler told the Canadian Hockey League website. "We got behind and I thought we had a good push and we came back, tied it up 3-3. And then to give up a goal the next shift, it just breaks the momentum that you generated."

Rubtsov gave Russia a 1-0 lead at 5:25 of the first period, but McLeod tied it with a power-play goal at 6:22 when he scored on the rebound of Tippett's shot. 

Russia took a 2-1 lead at 15:54 when Rubtsov took a pass from Pavel Karnaukhov (Calgary Flames), powered his way to the net and scored.

Sokolov gave Russia a 3-1 lead at 6:02 of the third period.

The six-game Canada Russia Series is part of the evaluation process for picking the teams for Canada and Russia for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The OHL and Russia will play Game 4 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, on Monday. The Western Hockey League and Russia split the first two games.

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