Russia Opens Subway Super Series Destroying The QMJHL


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Russia opens Subway Super Series Destroying The QMJHL November 6, 2012 7:49 AM

Led by a goal and assist from Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov, Maxim Shalunov and Valentin Zykov, Team Russia pumped the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Stars 6-2 in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series in front of a crowd of 3,173 at the Centre Excellence Rousseau on Monday night.

The four-goal margin was the largest in a victory for the Russian select team since a 5-1 win against the Western Hockey League All-Stars in 2007, a span of 25 games. It also marked the fifth straight win for Team Russia against the QMJHL in the history of the series.

Netminder Andrei Vasilevski was superb in stopping thirty-one shots in the Russian net but the same could not be said of QMJHL starter, Etienne Marcoux, who was torched for all six goals on the night.

The only goals Vasilevski allowed came off QMJHL power plays when Xavier Ouellet, named player of the game for Team QMJHL with a goal and an assist – beat him with a wrist shot early in the second period and Dea finally beat him through the legs at 14:39 of the third, with both goals set up by Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau.

Otherwise, it was a difficult night for the QMJHL’s top line centered by Dea with Huberdeau and Nathan MacKinnon on the wings, with Huberdeau and MacKinnon finishing the game a minus-4 and Dea finishing at minus-3 on the night with the line being largely neutralized at even strength by the Russians.

Considering Russia has not won a single game, 0-18, against the Ontario Hockey League’s best and have only been marginally better when facing the Western Hockey League gang, 3-14-1, one would think a sweep in Quebec would be a must for Mr. Yakupov and company, and that is exactly what we should expect to see come Wednesday night when the series resumes.

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