2017 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES
TEAM QMJHL vs. TEAM RUSSIA
- The CHL holds an all-time record of 61-21-1-6 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 QMJHL holds an all-time record of 17-9-3 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series and enters tonight’s matchup tied for a QMJHL event record with four straight victories against Russia dating back to 2015.
- Tonight marks the second time since 2014 when event scheduling placed Games 5 and 6 in the QMJHL that the CIBC Canada Russia Series will be decided in Game 6. Russia defeated Team QMJHL 3-2 in Rimouski (2014) to take an 11-7 series victory (points).
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series comes to Moncton for the first time since 2005 when Guillaume Latendresse (Drummondville Voltigeurs) scored twice in a 6-4 Team QMJHL win. This marks the final CIBC Canada Russia Series game at the Moncton Coliseum as the Wildcats will move into a brand new 8,500 seat Downtown Events Centre to begin 2018-19.
CYR PLAYS ON HOME ICE: Moncton Wildcats leading scorer Mika Cyr suits up in front of the Moncton faithful tonight. The 18-year-old former second round pick by the Cats in 2015 is the lone New Brunswick native on Team QMJHL, hailing from Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, a town located along the St. John River on the border with Maine.
CHL STARTING FAST: Canadian Hockey League teams have scored the first goal in all five games of the series so far. Team WHL saw a 3-0 lead evaporate in Game 2 of the series in Swift Current as Russia charged back for four unanswered. Team OHL opened the scoring in Game 3 of the series but Russia broke open a 2-2 game midway through the second period with three unanswered in Owen Sound.
DOBSON FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS: Draft eligible defenceman Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) leads all QMJHL defencemen in shots on goal this season with 85 in 22 games. The 17-year-old who won a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this past summer has a goal and 17 assists this season.
ALTYBARMAKYAN ONE GOAL FROM TYING RECORD: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Andrey Altybarmakyan is one goal off tying a Russian record at the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Seven different Russian players have scored four goals in the history of the event, a list that includes a prominent name in current day Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies).
RUSSIAN POWER PLAY STRUGGLES CONTINUE: After an 0-for-5 night in Charlottetown on Tuesday, Russia’s power play falls to 1-for-13 in the series and just 1-for-32 over the past two years at the event.