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Russia holds 4-1 lead after two periods

by Adam Kimelman /

Team Russia showcased its speed, skill and strength in scoring a pair of goals in the second period and taking a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie put Team WHL on the board at 8:15 of the second period, when he skated the puck down the left side of the Team Russia zone, beat a defender and flipped a high backhand shot that got between goalie Andrey Makarov and the post to cut the home team's deficit to 2-1.

However, the momentum didn't last, as Team Russia needed just 28 seconds to push the lead back to two. Kirill Kapustin took the puck down the right side of the Team WHL zone, shrugged aside defenseman Derrick Pouliot, spun and fired a shot on net that goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped, but the puck bounced right to a pinching Kirill Diyakov, who scored off the rebound at 8:43.

That marked the end of Brossoit's night. After shutting out Team Russia last night in Vancouver, he stopped 10 of 13 shots Thursday in 28:43 of action. He was replaced by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Eric Comrie.

Comrie didn't fare much better than Brossoit, as Team Russia used a strong forecheck to put Team WHL's defense on its heels. Late in the period, Nail Yakupov forced a WHL turnover in its zone. Andrei Sigarev grabbed the puck and made a nice pass through the slot to Alexander Khokhlachev. The Boston Bruins prospect faked Comrie to the ice and scored with a backhander at 14:39 to make it 4-1.

Team Russia will start the third period with the lead and a 58-second power play to start the third period.

A regulation win will give Russia the win in the six-game Super Series.

Back with more after the third period.

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