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Russians Take Super Series November 16, 2012 7:27 AM

The Russians humbled Canadian junior hockey, at least on Thursday night, by winning the 2012 Subway Super Series with a decisive 5-2 victory over the Western Hockey League.

The Russians finished the six-game series against the Canadian Hockey League, with 10 points against eight for the CHL based on three points awarded for a regulation-time victory, two points for a shoot-out win and one point for a shoot-out loss.

Trying to figure out Russian strategy before the world junior hockey championships is simply a waste of time. When it comes to the Russian junior teams in the Subway Super Series from year to year, you never know what you’re going to get.

But there was no hiding assets back home this time with a Russian side that included 2012 top overall NHL draft pick Nail Yakupov. Yakupov showed whyhe was number one, with what seemed to be effortless dominance throughout the series.

Yakupov wasn’t the top point-getter in the tournament, that distinction belonged to Jonathan Huberdeau who pumped in two goals and three assists in just two games with the Quebec Major Hockey League team.

Last night Russian goals came from Mikhail Naumenkov, Andrei Sigarev, Kirill Dyakov, Boston Bruins draft pick and KHL pro Alexander Khokhlachev and Yaroslav Kosov with an empty-netter.

Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks finally got the WHL on the board, making it 2-1 with a deft move to his backhand at 8:15 of the second period. Including Wednesday’s 1-0 WHL shootout victory in Vancouver, in which regulation time ended scoreless, it was the WHL’s first goal in five periods of hockey. Lowry scored in the third period to cut Russia’s advantage to 4-2.

A preview of World Junior Championships for team Russia, and an audition for team Canada. If this series is an indication of how the World Juniors will be played, we are all in for some great hockey.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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