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Author: Alessandro Seren RossoDate: 12/15/2008
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Game 5 report - WHL Selects trash Team Russia

2009 U20 ADT Can-Rus Challenge

ADT Challenge game 5

ADT Challenge moves to the Credit Union I-Plex of Swift-Current as the fifth and the sixth game of the series will see team Russia vs the WHL selects. Russian coach Sergei Nemchinov has to change lines once again as the OHL guys canít play in these last two games. Because of that the first line is made up of Kagarlitsky, Klyukin and Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers), the second features Dubrovsky, Pavel Chernov and Nikontsev, the third Yarchuk, Komaristy and Ermolaev, the fourth Mikhail Fisenko and Menshikov, plus a spare from the other lines. The starting goalkeeper remains Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers), it seems that Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) could not get Nemchinovís trust in the unique chance he got.

Gameís first chance is yet again for Canada, with Tyrell deflecting a good feed from the right side, Gaiduchenko rejects the attempt. The WHL selects started well the match, putting many pressure to the Russian team as they will do for the entire game. At the fifth minute Beach gets a good chance when he skates in front of the goalie, but a foul play by Khafizulin makes him shoot wide. Canada thus gets the first powerplay opportunity of the match. Russian penalty killers make a good job for more than one minute, then Marygin gets a penalty, transforming Canadian powerplay in a double man advantage. In a five-on-three situation itís a question of seconds to see a good opportunity: Kingsí prospect Thomas Hickey, excellent player, shots from the point, Gaiduchenko saves, Eberle picks up the rebound and scores. Less than a minute later Gaiduchenko is caught throwing the puck over the glasses, and this means a penalty for delay of game. Again on a powerplay, the WHL selects donít waste their time: Hickey is the starring another time, with a marvellous diagonal pass finds Zach Boychuk who puts it in for the 2-0. Canada understands the situation and pushes the gas hunting another marker. Midway through the first period Schenn could score again, Gaiduchenko gets down and saves. The game is completely one sided. A penalty whistled against Tyler Myers doesnít change the things as the Russians donít manage to get dangerous. With the teams back at even strength, Gaiduchenko is called to the great save again, this time by Matt Calvert. At the sixteenth minute the home team can spoil another man advantage opportunity, as Pavel Chernov reacted to a Brett Sonneís dirty check not whistled by the referee. During this penalty killing stretch the Russians get the best chance for the game as Nikontsev gets hooked by Spurgeon and the ref calls a penalty shot. The same Nikontsev takes the responsibility of the shot, but his attempt is really bad as he mishandled the puck in front of the goalie. The first period ends here with Russia down by two goals.

In the second period the Russians go down by a man after less than four minutes, when Marygin gets a hooking call. At first Nemchinovís team seem to resist, Gaiduchenko with a monumental save stops a nice attempt by Jamie Benn stretching the left pad, but less than one minute later the sniper Eberle, with a similar rush, finds the right angle and gets his team up by three goals. The powerplay markers for the WHL selects, the penalty killing units arenít doing their job. The game virtually ends here. After a couple of missed powerplay chances, the home team scores again at the fifteenth Ė of course with the man advantage Ė Benn serves Ennis all alone in front of the goalie, no way out for Gaiduchenko. In the dying seconds of the second period an error by Osipov frees up Brayden Schenn, the Russian goalkeeper remains ready and saves. In the start of the third stanza the Canadian team finds the fifth goal, with Matt Calvert. Despite a powerplay rush later, the Nemchinovís team doesnít produce any reaction, and this was really Russiaís worse game of the challenge. The heavy defeat has been largely deserved. Itís better that team Russia focus more on their skills in order to make a better impression in the sixth and last game of the series.

Related Player Profiles: . P.Chernov E.Dadonov M.Fisenko S.Gaiduchenko S.Nemchinov A.Pechursky
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