Russia vs Canada Red
by Pat Brethauer
It will be back to the playing board for Team Canada Red as they suffered a 5 - 2 loss against Russia in Exhibition action in Lambton Shores.
Dan Lambert Head Coach for Team Canada Red said after the game that it was a learning experience and there is a lot of areas that they need to work on and get better at.
"You can tell a lot of our guys haven't played together. Lambert said There was a lot of confusion, but we have to give them credit I thought they sure came at us with a lot of speed and a lot puck possession, they had the puck a lot in our zone."
Russia outshot the Canadians 43 - 28.
Canada started off well scoring the first goal at 4:02 when William Bitten made a diving shot that found the opening. Nolan Patrick and Mason Shaw earned the assist on the play.
Russia answered back at 15:37 on the power play to tie things up. Vitali Abramov scored with an assist going to Alexander Yakovenko.
Russia scored the first goal in the second period at 5:25 to take the lead. Vyacheslav Shevchenko took a slap shot out front and scored. Alexander Podkorytov and Mikhail Shabanov assisted on the goal. Play continued deep in Canada's end and Russia continued to put the pressure and at 7:20 added their third goal. Vladimir Kuznetsov scored with Kirill Petkov earning the assist.
Logan Brown picked up the pass at the blue line for Canada and skated in and shot one in from the goalie stick side to narrow the Russian lead to 3 - 2. Jake Kryski and Tye Felhaber earned the assist on the play at 14:25.
A minute and half later Russia widen there lead on the power play that gave Russia a 4 - 2 lead to start off the third period. Artyom Minulin scored the power play goal assisted by Alexander Yakovenko and Dmitri Sokolov.
Third period saw Russia score the only goal in the period at 16:44 with Alexander Yakovenko scoring assisted by Alexander Podkorytov.
"Yes it was a learning experience." Lambert said "When you play against European teams they're very skilled individuals and they play a bit of a difference style of game than us in North America. We are not to seeing guys stretching the way they do and then making those long passes and coming with speed and coming from behind."
Lambert added "You can tell we gave up quite a few breakaways just from our D-men falling asleep a little bit and then we took penalties because of the speed that they have so it is a little bit of a different game. "Certainly for these kids for a lot of them it's the first time playing against another country and it's a humbling experience."
Canada was dealt sixteen penalty minutes on eight infractions, Russia took six minutes on three infractions.
Russia scored twice on seven power play opportunities, Canada went zero on two chances.
Both goalies on each team saw action in the exhibition game.
Team Canada will be on the ice for practice on Saturday.
"There is a lot of areas we need to work on." Lambert said "Penalty kill is one area that we need to get better at. It's hard to tell if our power play is any good I thought we had a couple little rooks but there I think just our awareness and I guess being a better team without the puck."
The U17 World Hockey Challenge begins on Sunday November 2. Canada Red will face off against Slovakia at at Lambton Shores and Russia will go up against Canada Black at the RBC Centre. Both games begin at 7:00 pm.
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