|2005 U20 Canada-Russia ChallengeOriginal Article URL
Russian Selects 4, Team QMJHL 3 (shootout)
By Aaron Bell
Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including one in a shootout, for the second
straight game to give the Russian Selects a 4-3 win over Team QMJHL in the ADT
Canada-Russia Challenge in front of 9,775 fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal
Radulov, who plays in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts, opened the scoring
with David Desharnais of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens serving a minor penalty in
the first period. It was Radulov's second regulation-time goal of the series.
Andrei Stepanov streaked in on his off wing and wired a wrist shot to the far
corner to bump the Russian's lead to two early in the second period.
Two minutes later, Team QMJHL captain Stephen Dixon of the Cape Breton Screaming
Eagles redirected a pass from Frederik Cabana of the Halifax Mooseheads to cut
the Russian lead in half.
Marc-Antoine Pouliot of the Rimouski Oceanic tied the game early in the third
period when he fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle that sailed past
the blocker of Russian goaltender Anton Khudobin.
David Laliberte of the PEI Rocket gave the QMJHL their first lead of the game
midway through the third period when he picked up the puck in the face-off circle
and buried a wrister between Khudobin's pads.
Sergei Shirokov tied the game with a little more than two minutes left in the
third period. He picked off a loose puck at the blue line and guided the puck
between the legs of QMJHL goaltender Jonathan Boutin of the PEI Rocket to force
the second straight shootout of the series. Shirokov also scored in the shootout.
Khudobin, who was the Russian's player of the game on Monday, was strong again
in this game, turning aside 10 shots in third period, include a point-blank
stop on Lewiston MAINEiacs forward Alex Bourret, who had a goal in Game 1. Khudobin
denied all four QMJHL shooters in the shootout to claim the win.
The Russian Selects won the first game of the series 4-3 in a shootout Monday
night in Quebec City. The series shifts to the Ontario Hockey League with Game
3 on Thursday at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Mississauga IceDogs host Game
4 on Monday before the Russians travel to Alberta to finish the series in Red
Deer on December 1 and Lethbridge on December 2. All games will be broadcast
live across the country on Rogers Sportsnet.
The series has provided scouts from across the hockey world the opportunity
to watch many of the CHL's top players compete against the Russian Selects.
"I've been very impressed with the caliber of play," said Blair Mackasey,
head scout for Canada's National Junior Team. "The Russians have obviously
come with a very competitive team. It's been very entertaining for the fans."
Mackasey was part of the selection committee for the three CHL teams that are
participating in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. The series is the last step
in the identification process for Canada's National Junior Team selection camp
"It's one evaluation tool that we can use," said Mackasey. "It's
always good to see everybody on the ice at the same time against international
competition. I don't think there will be any drastic decisions made based on
these games, but they will confirm some things."
The series also provides NHL scouts with a unique opportunity to watch players
play with different teammates in an international setting.
"We think it's fascinating," said E.J. McGuire from NHL Central Scouting.
"We think that this game goes a long way to measuring what kind of NHL
player all of these guys will be."