2017 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES
TEAM OHL vs. TEAM RUSSIA
- The CHL holds an all-time record of 59-21-1-6 in the event, winning 11 of the 14 series. The CHL comes off back-to-back series victories for the first time since 2008 and 2009.
- The OHL holds an all-time record of 23-5-1 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series after losing 5-2 in Owen Sound on Thursday.
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series returns to Sudbury for an event record fourth time. This follows past matchups in 2007 (OHL W 4-2), 2010 (OHL SO W 2-1) and 2013 (RUS SO W 3-2). Past games in Sudbury have included such current day stars as Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators) and Artemi Panarin (Columbus Blue Jackets).
- The CHL trails the series through three games for the second straight year. Russia entered Game 4 with a 5-4 series lead in points last year before the Canadian Hockey League took three straight victories to win the series 13-5.
10 NEW OHL PLAYERS IN THE LINEUP: Team OHL features a new look tonight as 10 new players slot into the lineup. Those additions are led by Sudbury Wolves forward Macauley Carson who will play in front of a supportive crowd. Joining him are goaltenders Matthew Villalta (Soo Greyhounds), Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires), defencemen Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack), Keaton Middleton (Saginaw Spirit) and Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) as well as forwards Morgan Frost (Soo Greyhounds), Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm), Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm), Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) and Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals).
KATCHOUK NAMED CAPTAIN: Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) will wear the ‘C’ for Team OHL tonight while Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes), Keaton Middleton (Saginaw Spirit) and Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) serve as assistants.
BOUNCE BACK EFFORT: Team OHL has lost their first game against Russia four different times in the history of the event. Their record in games following a Game 3 loss is 3-0-0-1.
KATCHOUK ON 6-GAME STREAK: Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (Soo Greyhounds) enters play on a six game point streak. He sits second in the OHL with 18 goals this season, leading all players in shorthanded goals (3) and game winning goals (6). A closer look at Katchouk and his Russian roots can be found at ontariohockeyleague.com.
WELL-RESTED RUSSIANS?: While players on Team OHL returned to their member teams for weekend action, Team Russia was on the ice a couple times for practice but also enjoyed some down time following a busy week. Historically, Russia is just 1-12-0-1 in Game 4 of the series which typically follows a period of three days off. They look to reverse that trend tonight.
RUSSIANS END POWER PLAY DROUGHT: With a power play goal on Thursday, Russia ended an 0-for-14 slide on the man advantage dating back to 2015.