2016 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES
TEAM OHL vs. TEAM RUSSIA – GAME THREE
- The CHL carries a 4-2 series lead in points into Games 3 and 4 in Ontario. Team OHL looks to build off Team WHL’s 4-1 win in Edmonton on Tuesday.
- Russia is 3-4 in Game 3 matchups when they enter action tied or trailing the series in points.
- Team OHL holds an all-time record of 22-3-1 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series, but all four losses have come over the past four years. Team OHL won both games last year, defeating Russia 3-0 in Owen Sound and 2-1 in Windsor.
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series comes to North Bay for the first time. A capacity crowd is expected at the North Bay Memorial Gardens for tonight’s matchup.
STEPHENS WEARS THE ‘C’: Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit) is the lone OHL returnee from the Canadian National Junior Team’s sixth place finish in Helsinki last year. Stephens was named captain of Team OHL on Wednesday and is joined by assistants Matt Spencer (Peterborough Petes) and Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals) tonight.
STEELHEADS QUARTET IN NORTH BAY: A Mississauga Steelheads foursome looks to steer Team OHL to victory tonight. New Jersey Devils prospects Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian are joined by draft eligible prospects Nicolas Hague and Owen Tippett in the Team OHL lineup.
KATCHOUK, SPEERS OUT, BASTIAN IN: The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds duo of Blake Speers and Boris Katchouk will miss the CIBC Canada Russia Series due to injury. Speers suffered a broken wrist during an Oct. 27th game in Windsor. Katchouk is sidelined after being injured last weekend. Nathan Bastian slots into the lineup in his place and will compete in both games for Team OHL.
RUSSIANS ADD FOUR: Russia has a fresh set of reinforcements. OHL standouts Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires), Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting), Dmitry Sokolov (Sudbury Wolves) and Artur Tyanulin (Ottawa 67’s) join the team in North Bay and Hamilton as they look to bounce back in the series.
GOALTENDING CAROUSEL: Russia has used two different starting goaltenders thus far in the series. Vladlislav Sukhachev got the call in Edmonton on Tuesday, but an equipment malfunction caused the 18-year-old to leave the game on two separate occasions as Anton Krasotkin finished the night in the crease.