2013 SUBWAY Super Series Recap – QMJHL vs Russia
The Canadian Hockey League has just finished hosting Russia in what was yet another exciting Subway Super Series. Games took place in 6 cities over the past two weeks with Russia’s young stars going up against the best the CHL has to offer.
Nov 18th – Gatineau, Quebec
Nov 20th – Sherbrooke, Quebec
Nov 21st – Oshawa, Ontario
Nov 25th – Sudbury, Ontario
Nov 27th – Red Deer, Alberta
Nov 28th – Lethbridge, Alberta
This year’s match-up between Russia and the CHL teams proved to be an exciting one, as the title came down to the very last game in Lethbridge. Here are the recaps for Games 1 and 2 of the series.
Game 1 – Nov 18th – Gatineau, Quebec
The SUBWAY Super Series opened up with Team QMJHL facing off against Team Russia, in front of a sold out crowed at the Centre Robert-Guertin in Gatineau, Quebec. The game was back and forth from the puck drop with Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon of the QMJHL opening the scoring, and team captain Jonathan Drouin picking up the assist.
Hudon was able to tap one in again at the start of the 2nd period, as Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Drouin showed off his speed with a quick pass out front for another assist. Detroit Red Wings 2013 first round pick Anthony Mantha also got onto the score sheet with the other assist on the play. Russia was able to get it within one goal halfway through the second period as 2014 NHL draft eligible Ivan Barbashev put one past Canadiens goalie prospect Zachary Fucale. The QMJHL were able to hold on to the 2-1 lead going into the third period.
Russia was able to tie it up six minutes in the third period with a highlight goal from 2014 NHL Draft prospect Vladimir Tkachyov. Picking up assists on the play were Mikhail Tikhonov and Vladislav Gavrikov. However, Mantha was able to regain the lead for the QMJHL with less then 5 minutes to go in the third period. Mantha’s goal came from picking up a rebound from Drouin’s blocked shot and flicking it over Russian netminder Ivan Nalimov. Things got a bit chippy in the last minute as Russia’s Mark Skutar received a game misconduct for spearing. In the end, the QMJHL was able to hold on for the 3-2 win over Russia to take Game 1.
QMJHL – Charles Hudon
Russia – Ivan Barbashev
Game 2 – Nov 20th – Sherbrooke, Quebec
Game 2 had the QMJHL looking to extend the CHL’s series to 2-0 vs Russia in front of a crowd of 3302 at Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet, in Sherbrooke before handing Russia over to the OHL. It didn’t take long for team QMJHL to get on the board, as Sherbrooke Phoenix’s own Daniel Audette found the net only 3 minutes into the game. Phoenix Coyotes prospect Laurent Dauphin picked up an assist on the play but he also received a game misconduct and a major penalty a short while later for a check-from-behind on Russia’s Viktor Baldaev (Click here for a video of the play). Russia was able to capitalize once on the 5-minute major and tie it back up at one a piece with a goal from Mark Skutar and assists from Valentin Zykov and Denis Gorbunov. The QMJHL were able to get the lead back with the power line of Mantha, Drouin, and Hudon. Mantha got the power play marker for his 2nd goal of the series. Drouin and Hudon picked up their 4th point each in the series. The QMJHL were not able to hold onto the lead into the 2nd period as Igor Rudenkov found a rebound and berried it behind Sebastien Auger with 8 seconds left on the clock.
QMJHL was once again able to get the lead back with a goal from Florida Panthers prospect Christopher Clapperton as he tipped Daniel Walcott’s shot into the back of the net. Ivan Barbashev nabbed his 2nd goal of the series and tied it back up around 5 minutes later.
Anthony Duclair put the QMJHL back into the lead yet again midway through the third period and there was no looking back. Auger made 22 saves in the 4-3 QMJHL win and gave the CHL a 2-0 lead as Russia headed off to games in Ontario and Alberta.
QMJHL – Daniel Audette
Russia – Vladimir Tkachyov
Games 3-6 will be released soon.