After one period, Team QMJHL and Team Russia are tied 1-1 in the second game of their portion of the Subway Super Series, in Val-d'Or, Quebec.
Team QMJHL opened the scoring less than a minute in, when Florida Panthers prospect Francis Beauvillier scored just 59 seconds into the game. Brent Andrews won a draw in Team Russia's end straight back to defenseman James Melindy at the blue line. Melindy moved the puck to Beauvillier at the outside edge of the right circle. Beauvillier's quick shot went past goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0.
The hosts nearly made it 2-0 when Charles Hudon had a shorthanded breakaway moments later, but Vasilevskiy made the save.
Russia answered midway through the period when Andrei Sigarev's floating shot off a shorthanded rush from just inside the blue line eluded goalie Zachary Fucale. Team QMJHL had a power play and the puck in the offensive zone, but Nail Yakupov, the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, gained possession and raced toward the QMJHL end of the ice. He sent the puck to the left wing to Sigarev, who flipped it on net from just inside the blue line. Yakupov headed to the net and distracted Fucale enough to keep him from making the save.
The period ended with Yakupov and Hudon getting into a wrestling match. Both players kept their gloves on as a fight would have met immediate ejection for both players. Instead they both received roughing minors.
We'll be back with more after the second period.
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