Month: November 2016 (page 2 of 6)

From Israel to Canada: Wolves forward Levin chasing dream of playing in NHL

Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin is seen in action against the Oshawa Generals in Oshawa, Ont., on November 13, 2016. Two months into his second Ontario Hockey League season, the native of Netanya, Israel, still finds it hard to believe he’s suiting up for the Sudbury Wolves.

By Dhiren Mahiban – The Canadian Press

Four years ago, David Levin convinced his parents to allow him to move to Canada to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL.

Two months into his second Ontario Hockey League season, the native of Netanya, Israel still finds it hard to believe he’s suiting up for the Sudbury Wolves.

“It went by fast, it went by really fast,” Levin said. “Four years… at first I was (playing) Double-A, then Triple-A, now jump to the OHL — it’s a big step, but I’m trying to learn more and more. I have my coaching staff to help me with that.”

Levin, who grew up primarily playing roller hockey, made the transition to ice skates at age 13 under the tutelage of coach Lindsay Hofford. The five-foot-10, 167-pound centre credits Hofford, now a scout with the Maple Leafs, for helping him make the transition to ice hockey.

“He helped me out a lot. I learned the game from him too,” Levin said. “Also my dad back home, he was my coach every day, eight hours a day almost on roller blades — he was always telling me to keep my head up, make some plays and that’s how I learned.”

After being picked first overall by the Wolves at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Levin scored nine goals and 30 points in 47 games in his rookie season with Sudbury.

Levin has four goals and six assists through 21 games of his second OHL season.

The 17-year-old is defensively aware and not afraid to throw a hit to make a play. His vision and excellent hand-eye co-ordination set him apart form his peers.

But the fact that Levin didn’t play organized hockey until four years ago is evident when it comes to his skating. He lacks explosiveness, and with the game getting faster it’s an area he will need to improve on.

“We’ve got to get him faster,” said Wolves coach David Matsos. “He makes some great plays, but it is a fast league and time and space is taken away pretty quick. I think that would probably be the biggest one for me: we’ve got to get his foot speed better.”

A Grade 12 student, Levin’s favourite high school subject is history because he likes “to learn about the wars.” Levin himself may have to do a tour of military service as required by the Israeli government.

Last summer he received a deferment so he can continue to play hockey this season.

“That was huge for me,” Levin said. “But it’s not over yet. They’re going to see how I’m going to play. That’s why it’s even more important for me this year ’cause next year is my draft with my army.

“If they’re going to take me, I can’t play in my (NHL) draft year. I have to do really good this year.”

Financial worries could force Russia-based KHL to cut teams

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By RT.com

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) could be forced to reduce its number of teams due to financial pressure.

The Russian-based KHL is currently recognized as the world’s second-best ice hockey league after the National Hockey League (NHL), but a recession in the country is beginning to have an impact on some clubs.

The falling price of oil has affected the Russian state-owned companies and regional governments that fund most teams, sending many into debt.

League president Dmitry Chernyshenko told state agency R-Sport earlier this week that the KHL board is set to discuss “an optimization of the number of clubs taking part.”

“I think it’s possible that the league could contract if the board takes that decision,” Chernyshenko said.

The KHL has long pursued an aggressive policy of expansion, with China’s HC Kunlun Red Star the latest addition to the ranks for the 2016/17 season.

Despite the NHL also identifying China as a possible target for expansion, Shanghai-based Kunlun Red Star – which joined the league this season – has struggled to attract fans, with crowds under 1,000 at some games at its home arena.

There are currently 29 teams in the KHL across eight countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, with the majority based in Russia. Most rely heavily on Russian state handouts to fund their operations.

The top three earners in the KHL are former NHL players – Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Slava Voynov – each with annual salaries around the $5 million mark.

Russia’s finance minister, Anton Siluanov, criticized Russian regional governments in financial difficulties last week, saying they were irresponsible by continuing to spend money on sports teams.

Earlier this year Siluanov suggested 5 percent budget cuts would be necessary in 2017, as Russia’s budget deficit was predicted to stand at 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year

Comtois leads QMJHL to 4-1 win in Baie-Comeau

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By Canadian Press

2017 NHL Draft prospect Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) scored twice while the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies duo of Gabriel Fontaine and Alexandre Fortin each had two points in a 4-1 Team QMJHL win over Russia in Game 6 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series.

After Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs) stole the show on Tuesday in Chicoutimi, Comtois took centre stage in Baie-Comeau, pacing the QMJHL to victory.

“It was a lot of fun being the youngest guy on the team playing with players who have been drafted to the show,” said Comtois post-game. “We have a fast team and we really used it tonight on the forecheck. We used our speed to create chances and managed to score some nice goals.”

Russia came out with an inspired first period, outshooting Team QMJHL 10-5, but the scoreboard told another story as Comtois had the QMJHL up 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The 17-year-old finished off a complete team effort off the forecheck 3:20 into the game, tapping Alexandre Alain’s (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) spin-around scoring chance over the goal line after it trickled through the legs of Russian goaltender Anton Krasotkin.

Krasotkin kept Russia within one in the final minute of the frame, stopping Alain on a two-on-one opportunity from in close.

The two sides had a combined five power play opportunities in the first period but neither was able to convert.

Krasotkin continued to stand tall in the opening half of the second, turning away QMJHL scoring leader Maxime Fortier (Halifax Mooseheads) on two separate occasions.

Those saves set the stage for Russia to knot things up at one as draft eligible forward Klim Kostin scored his first of the series at 12:37. The 17-year-old took advantage of a broken play as Alexander Shchemerov’s low shot went off the skate of a QMJHL back-checker and onto the stick of Kostin who made no mistake.

After breaking a scoreless drought of 108 minutes spanning back to Game 4 in Hamilton, Russia would have just eight seconds to enjoy it.

The Rouyn-Noranda duo of Fortin and Fontaine hooked up to reinstate the QMJHL lead as the former found the latter in the high slot for a one-timer over the glove of Krasotkin at 12:45.

Team QMJHL led 2-1 headed into the third period despite being outshot 18-15 as goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix) was there when called upon to keep them ahead.

Krasotkin and Fitzpatrick swapped saves in the opening shifts of the third period before another Husky got in on the action.

Colorado Avalanche prospect Jean-Christophe Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) snapped a wrister over the shoulder of Krasotkin at 7:46, getting assists from Rouyn-Noranda teammates Fortin and Fontaine on the play.

Down a man, the QMJHL capped off the series with a shorthanded marker, putting an exclamation mark on Russia’s power play woes as they’d finish 0-for-19 over the six game affair.

Comtois and Alain worked together to strip a Russian defender of the puck at the offensive blue line as Comtois would wait out Krasotkin with a backhand deke in alone with 2:35 remaining to make the final 4-1.

The QMJHL outshot Russia 22-20, holding them to just two shots in the third period.

A capacity crowd of 3,042 took in the action at Centre Henry-Leonard in Baie-Comeau as the QMJHL improved to 16-9-3 all-time in the event.

Goaltenders Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts) and Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix) set a new QMJHL mark for goals against in a single series as the two combined to allow just one, turning aside 35 of the 36 shots they faced over two games.

Alexandre Fortin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) would finish Game 6 as the scoring leader of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, recording four points (0-4–4) in the two QMJHL victories.

The CHL wraps up the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series at an all-time mark of 58-19-1-6 while Russia comes away at 26-55-0-3.

The CHL has now won the CIBC Canada Russia Series 11 times in the event’s 14-year history.

Abu Dhabi Storms await Belarus President’s Team in Ice Hockey President’s Cup final group game

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By Amith Passela – The National

The Abu Dhabi Storms will go all out to stop the Belarus President’s Team from completing a hat-trick of titles in the Ice Hockey President’s Cup Tournament on Friday when the competition’s top two teams meet in the final group game at 8pm on Friday.

Though the passage to the climax has been confirmed, the Belarus President’s Team have a tough but inconsequential game in the morning against Czech Parta to negotiate first at 10am at the Abu Dhabi Ice Rink.

That has raised the hopes of Matti Fagerstrom, the Storms coach, after having been denied by the Belarus team twice in the past two years when he was a player.

“It’s a big challenge against the champions,” Fagerstrom said. “They are stronger than they were in the last two years but we are ready this time”.

Fagerstrom was on the ice on the last two stagings. “We lost to them in the final game last year. This time I’m on the bench and I want my team to win this time,” he said.

“The first three games were not easy but we expected to win those games for a final showdown with the Belarus President’s Team. I’m optimistic we can do it this time because we have a good team to challenge.”

Fagerstrom knows the quality of players required to win at this level. Hence, they have recruited six former Slovakian professionals, including Miraslov Satan who had spells at Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Pittsburg Penguins and Boston Bruins in the NHL.

“We are unable to provide much ice time as we would like for the local players but they can still learn from the limited time they get and by just being in the team alongside the professional players.”

There are four games scheduled for on Friday, two in the morning and two in the evening.

The Storms go into the final game undefeated after another emphatic result over Mimino of Georgia 11-2 last night. They led 3-2 in the first period, extended the lead to 5-2 in the next before rounding off in a flourish.

Satan was on target twice and Juhani Matikainen struck in-between for the Storms while Semen Kharizov and Alexsander Vasilchenko netted for Mimino in the first period.

Artsiom Karkotski and Peter Bondra were on target in the second period before the Storms completed the rout with half-a-dozen goals in the final period.

Satan added two more to take his tally to make it four in the match while Artur Zainutdivot, Matikainen, Aleksei Strakhov and Ratislav Pavlikovski got their names in the scoresheet.

In the first game, the Belarus President’s Team got the better of Emirates Hockey League All Stars 6-1 to notch up their second win of the competition.

Abu Dhabi Storms and Belarus on course to contest Ice Hockey President’s Cup Tournament championship game

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By Amith Passela – The National

When the organisers of the third Ice Hockey President’s Cup Tournament were preparing the fixture list, they probably had a good idea in mind which two teams would most likely meet in the final.

It may have been entirely coincidental but the Abu Dhabi Storms and the Belarus President’s Team, winners of the two previous editions, are on course to contest the championship game on Friday after overcoming Czech Sparta and Mimino of Georgia respectively in Wednesday’s round-robin matches.

The Belarus President’s Team ran out impressive 10-2 winners over Mimino in their opening match at the Abu Dhabi Ice Rink, while the Storms beat Czech Parta 5-0 in the second game, their second win in the five-team league that also include Emirates Hockey League All Stars.

The Storms meet Georgia who have lost both games, in their penultimate game today but the former Slovakia international Rastislav Pavlikovsky warned his team to guard against complacency.

“When you go into a new game you start from zero,” he said. “So we can’t take any team based on their results. Against them, we must try to do the same thing what we did tonight.

“Tonight we had the game under control from the beginning which was quite contrast to our first game when we were looking around as to what to do in the first period of that game.”

 Unlike their first game against the EHL All Stars, where they had to rally from a goal down in the first period before eventually prevailing 5-1, the Storms had the game under control from the first period against Sparta, taking an early 2-0 lead.

Artsiom Karlotski put the Storms ahead from an assist off Artur Zainutdivot on seven minutes and Miroslav Satan, the former NHL star, doubled the lead at the end of the first period.

Juma Al Dhaheri netted his second of the competition early in the second period while Satan struck twice to complete his hat-trick. The final period ended scoreless.

On Thursday, the Belarus President’s Team play EHL All Stars in the opener at 5pm and the Storms take on Georgia in the second match at 7pm.

HULL PIRATES 3-3 GB U20S

By Tom Carnduff – Ice Hockey UK

A goal on 59:59 from Ivan Antonov ensured Great Britain Under-20s left the Hull Arena with a 3-3 draw on Wednesday evening.

Hull held a 3-1 advantage going into the third period, but GB showed great determination to come back and get a share of the spoils in East Yorkshire.

The Pirates took the lead early into the game, Brad Betteridge alert to a scramble in front of netminder Renny Marr to tap in at the backpost on 3:25.

Great Britain responded well and drew level through Liam Kirk on 4:10 when his effort beat Ash Smith in the Pirates net.

Dominic Osman put the Pirates back ahead with the first attack following the face-off. Osman dumping the puck into the zone and deflecting in with assistance from the plexi-glass behind the net.

Andrej Themar made it 3-1 on 22:23. He capitalised on a loose puck in the neutral zone and shot high into the top left corner of the net one-on-one.

GB cut the deficit to one through Ivan Antonov on 27:35. Josh Grieveson’s pass found Antonov in space out to the left of the attacking zone and the forward’s wrist shot beat Smith low to his left.

On the half-hour mark, Great Britain changed netminder. Denis Bell joining the action in place of Renny Marr, giving both netminders equal playing time.

Powerplay opportunities were presented to Great Britain in the third period, Kirk came close to putting the score level but his wrist shot went just over from close range with 44 minutes played.

On 49 minutes, the Pirates came close to making it four. Themar found Stanislav Lascek in space at the backpost, but Bell was alert to the danger and saved well low with his right pad.

With 53 minutes on the clock, Bell was called into action again. Salem’s shot from the left was finding its way into an open net, but the GB netminder did very well in getting across and making the save with his glove.

The game finished with a dramatic conclusion. Following a spell of attacking play from the U20s side, Antonov’s buzzer-beating effort made it 3-3. The original shot deflecting off the glass behind the net, Antonov alert to the danger to score at the left post.

The draw seemed the fair result. Great Britain having spells of good attacking and defensive play throughout the evening. GB will continue preparations for next month’s U20 World Championship in Hungary.

QMJHL blanks Russia 4-0 to capture CIBC Canada Russia Series

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By Canadian Press

Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs) scored twice and Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) and Alexandre Fortin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) each provided a pair of assists as Team QMJHL blanked Russia 4-0 in Chicoutimi to capture the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

For the first time in seven years, the CHL has claimed back-to-back series titles, climbing ahead of Russia 10-5 in points heading into the sixth and final game on Thursday in Baie-Comeau, QC.

The win marks the QMJHL’s first shutout victory in the 14-year history of the event as Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts) stopped all 16 shots he faced to write his name in the record books.

The QMJHL scored twice in both the second and third periods as Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) and Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs) also found the back of the net.

With a lead, the QMJHL held Russia to just three shots on goal in the game’s final 20 minutes to secure the victory before a crowd of 3,146 at Centre Georges Vezina.

Russian goaltender Vladislav Sukhachev provided his team with some timely saves to start the night, coming up with a shootout denial of QMJHL captain Pierre-Luc Dubois 12:20 into the first period.

The QMJHL outshot Russia 10-6 in the first, getting a few close chances from close quarters as Sukhachev was forced to stand his ground on a number of goalmouth scrambles.

The Russians nearly took the first lead of the night three minutes into the second as Alexander Shchemerov found Alexander Volkov with a stretch pass, sending the big winger in for a scoring chance that was turned aside by Booth. Gatineau Olympiques forward Yakov Trenin had a golden opportunity a shift later, but Booth stood tall once again to keep the game scoreless.

Team QMJHL broke the offensive silence with 4:07 remaining in the second as Alexandre Fortin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) retrieved the puck below the goal line on the forecheck, quickly dishing to Dubois who found a wide open Gauthier coming down the middle for a one-timer.

Nicolas Roy tacked on an insurance marker before the second expired, bringing the hometown crowd to its feet as he finished off a well-orchestrated passing play with Gauthier and Dubois at 18:42.

A heavy shot from Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs) gave Team QMJHL a 3-0 lead 5:22 into the third frame. Chabot took a cross-blue line feed from Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes) before using his time and space to rip a slapshot over the glove of a screened Sukhachev.

Gauthier saved perhaps the best of the night for last, bulldozing his way around a Russian defender down the left wing before tucking his second of the night past the outstretched pad of Sukhachev with just 1:17 remaining.

Gauthier earned QMJHL Player of the Game honours with his two goals.

The QMJHL held Russia to 0-for-2 on the power play, stretching their series drought on the man advantage to 0-for-15.

The win marks the 11th series victory for the Canadian Hockey League in 14 years of the CIBC Canada Russia Series.

The QMJHL improves to an all-time record of 15-9-3 against Russia.

Game 6 of the series is set for Thursday night at Centre Henry Leonard in Baie-Comeau, QC at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. Be sure to catch the action on Sportsnet ONE and TVA Sports 2.

Abu Dhabi Storms off to a flyer in Ice Hockey President’s Tournament as they blow EHL All Stars away

 

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By Amith Passela – The National

Packed with a legion of former Slovakian stars, the Abu Dhabi Storms made their intentions clear in the third staging of the Ice Hockey President’s Tournament on Tuesday with a comprehensive win over Emirates Hockey League All Stars.

It was the EHL All Stars that drew first blood in their opening match at the Abu Dhabi Ice Rink to lead 1-0 at the end of the first period. However, the Storms hit back in the next, scoring four times before wrapping up the game 5-1.

“It took a while for the players to strike a combination and when they did, they turned it on,” said Juma Al Dhaheri, the Storms and UAE national team captain.

“We rounded off this game nicely and from now on we can only get better. The level of this competition has been raised considerably this year with every team strengthening their squads with some high-profile signings.

“For us, it was important to start with a win. You feel good when you do that. Every game in this competition is going to be tough and I wish we can take this momentum forward.”

Zelony Lubomir put the EHL All Stars ahead but the Storms shifted through the gears in the second period to put the game to bed. Andrej Nedorost, Juhani Matikainen, Lubomir Visnovsky and Al Dhaheri all found the net before Artur Zainutdivot rounded off the scoreline with the solitary strike of the final period.

In the early game, Czech Sparta got the better of Mimino from Georgia 7-2 after a late flourish.

The scores were tied at 1-1 at the end of the first period. Sparta led 2-1 in the next before netting five goals in the final period.

On Wednesday, the Belarus President’s Team play Mimino in the first game at 5pm and the Storms take on Sparta in the 7pm match.

EHL All Stars and Abu Dhabi Storms ready for ice hockey challenge against European sides

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By Amith Passela – The National

Having won the Ice Hockey President’s tournament twice since it was established two years ago, the Belarus President’s Team have returned with hopes of retaining their stronghold on the title.

It will not be easy for them, though, as the bar has been raised considerably higher, with the local side Abu Dhabi Storms adding to their squad six Slovakians who have featured in both the National Hockey League (NHL) and Euro Hockey League (EHL).

Participating for the first time are two select teams from the established hockey nations Czech Republic and Georgia, and the other local entry Emirates Hockey League All Stars.

The action on Tuesday night’s opening round at the Abu Dhabi Ice Rink will be between the Czech Republic and Georgia, followed by the Storms versus Emirates Hockey League All Stars.

“It is part of our continuing efforts to raise the level of the competitions we plan to stage here in the Emirates,” said Hamad Al Shariyani, director of the Abu Dhabi Ice Sports Club.

“This competition also provides the local players with the opportunity to brush shoulders with some of those who have prominently featured in both NHL and EHL. It is the first time such a high-quality tournament is taking place in the country.”

The Storms, a team made up of a majority UAE hockey internationals, have strengthened their squad by including Miroslav Satan, Peter Bondra, Richard Lintner, Lubomir Visnovsky, Rastislav Pavlikovsky and Andrej Nedorost.

The Belarus President’s Team have quite a few players of the same calibre who have been behind their success on both appearances.

“This is a high-level competition and we need to raise our own bar to compete with such teams,” said Juma Al Dhaheri, the captain of both Storms and UAE national team.

“To play alongside such high-profile players is going to be a great opportunity. We are looking forward to this competition, and regardless of the results, we can learn from the experience.

“Barring the EHL [Emirates Hockey League] All Stars, the teams from the Czech Republic and Georgia are unknown quantities. But we all know they are established hockey nations. So, we expect them to be top quality teams.”

Raddysh leads OHL to 5-2 win in Hamilton

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By Canada Press

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters) scored twice and added an assist to lead Team OHL to a 5-2 win over Russia in Game 4 of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Hamilton.

Raddysh, who leads the OHL in scoring with 45 points (18-27–45) over 19 games, scored twice in a second period OHL scoring flurry of three tallies in under two minutes to take control of the game.

“Of course you always like to see your players do well,” said OHL assistant coach Kris Knoblauch, who coaches Raddysh in Erie. “It was a real positive night for him and I thought he had a strong game especially considering this was his fourth game in four days. He’s a goal scorer and he scored a couple nice goals tonight.”

OHL goaltender Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack) also earned high praise for his performance after turning aside 25 shots, many of them on high quality chances.

“Michael was a difference maker tonight,” Knoblauch noted. “We got off to a very slow start in the first period but we had great goaltending and if Michael doesn’t make as many key saves as he did, we might have had a different outcome tonight.”

McNiven was up to the task early, keeping Russia off the board in the first despite several big-time chances. He turned away consecutive opportunities from Danil Yurtaikin and Denis Alexeev in alone just shy of the midway point of the period before flashing the leather on Russian blueliner Kamil Fazylzyanov minutes later.

Team OHL had a few chances as well, with Anton Krasotkin foiling Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) from point blank range with five minutes to go.

The OHL outshot Russia 11-9 in a scoreless first, but lost the services of Chicago Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott (Windsor Spitfires) in the opening two minutes of the game after he crashed into the Russian net and didn’t return.

Russia came out firing in the second as McNiven stopped an early three-on-one to keep the game scoreless, but wasn’t able to stop Denis Alexeev 6:30 into the period as the 19-year-old’s quick backhander gave Russia a 1-0 lead.

The OHL would come thundering back in the later half of the second though as the speed of Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) paid dividends. Senyshyn took a stretch pass from defenceman Jacob Friend (Owen Sound Attack), beating a Russian defender before tucking a backhander through the legs of Krasotkin at 14:48.

Raddysh was hauled down on a breakaway a shift later, beating Krasotkin over the blocker on the ensuing penalty shot at 15:42 to give the OHL a 2-1 edge.

That lead grew to two goals at 16:36 as Team OHL completed a flurry of three goals in under two minutes.

New Jersey Devils first round pick Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) snapped a clean faceoff win back to a waiting Raddysh, who quickly wristed a one-time release over the shoulder of Krasotkin from the top of the right circle for his second of the night.

Suddenly down 3-1, Russian head coach Valery Bragin called a timeout and opted to make a change in the crease as Krasotkin’s night came to an end after surrendering three goals on 21 shots.

The OHL carried a 3-1 lead into the third period, outshooting Russia 24-18.

Down two to start the third, Russia wasn’t done just yet.

After failing to convert on an early power play, defenceman Alexander Shchemerov brought Russia back to within one, taking a drop pass from winger Nikita Dynyak to send a wrister over the shoulder of McNiven at 4:10.

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) would reinstate the OHL’s two-goal lead with an assist from Raddysh at 6:41. Katchouk took advantage of a broken play, collecting the puck at the Russian blue line before using a defender as a screen to beat Vladislav Sukhachev over the shoulder.

Hamilton Bulldogs forward Will Bitten would add an empty net marker in front of the FirstOntario Centre crowd to seal the deal on the 5-2 win, improving the OHL’s all-time record in the CIBC Canada Russia Series to 23-4-1.

After a busy weekend of action with their club teams, OHL players didn’t show much in the way of fatigue in Game 4.

“We didn’t even skate this morning, but the guys came together well,” said OHL head coach Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville Voltigeurs). “I thought we did a good job through the course of the game getting better and better. I’m really happy with the effort.”

Team OHL outshot Russia 32-27, giving the CHL a 7-5 series lead headed into Game 5 on Tuesday in Chicoutimi, QC.

It’ll be a quick turnaround into the final two games of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series as Team QMJHL looks to finish strong against Russia, hitting the ice for Game 5 on Tuesday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, a game that can be seen live on Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet Pacific and TVA Sports 2.

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