The 16th edition of the CIBC Canada Russia Series didn’t disappoint as Russia, despite losing the first game of the series against Team WHL, battled back to claim an 11-7 series victory in points following three consecutive wins in Games 4, 5 and 6.
It marks Russia’s fourth series victory in the 16-year history of the event and the first time they’ve triumphed despite losing the series opener. The series was clinched on Dmitry Zavgorodniy’s (Rimouski Oceanic) late tying goal in Game 6 to force overtime before Saveliy Olshansky scored the game winner for Russia in Drummondville.
The Russian series victory is their first since 2014. They’ve gone on to win one gold (2011), one bronze (2013) and one silver (2015) following past CIBC Canada Russia Series triumphs.
Canada’s National Junior Team has gone on to win silver (2011) and gold (2015) in past years where the CHL has lost the series.
Team Russia’s Stepan Starkov led the event in scoring, coming one point shy of tying a Russian event record with six points (1-5–6), registering at least one in five of the six games he played. Russian defenceman Saveliy Olshansky set a new event record for defencemen with five points (1-4–5) over six games.
One representative from each of the CHL’s three leagues finished in a three-way tie for the CHL’s series scoring lead. Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) had a goal and an assist, Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Connor Dewar (Everett Silvertips) recorded a pair of assists and Rafael Harvey-Pinard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) had a pair of assists as well as the trio finished with two points each. Click here for player stats
In goal, Russian netminder Pyotr Kochetkov became just the third goaltender to earn three wins in the event, going 3-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage. He also became just the fourth Russian goaltender to earn a shutout. The CHL’s top goaltending performance came from Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders), who turned aside 27 saves in Team WHL’s 2-1 victory in Game 1. Click here for goalie stats
54 players either signed or drafted by NHL clubs competed in the series from across the three CHL teams, including 13 first round selections. The Russian National Junior Team included 15 NHL draft picks, with one first rounder.
The CHL now has an overall record of 63-25-2-6 dating back to 2003 while Russia comes away at 33-60-0-3. The QMJHL holds an all-time record of 17-11-1-3, the OHL has played to a 25-6-0-1 mark and the WHL is now 21-8-1-2. Click here for event history and results
The series is used as an evaluation for Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship to be played in Vancouver, BC. The tournament will run from December 26 to January 5.
2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series (Russia wins series 11-7 in points):
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC – WHL wins 2-1
WHL Player of the Game – Cody Glass (4 SOG)
Russia Player of the Game – Pavel Shen (1G)
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC – Russia wins 3-1
WHL Player of the Game – David Tendeck (25 SV)
Russia Player of the Game – Bulat Shafigullin (1G)
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON – OHL wins 3-1
OHL Player of the Game – Barrett Hayton (1G, 1A)
Russia Player of the Game – Dmitri Samorukov (2 SOG)
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON – Russia wins 4-0
OHL Player of the Game – Liam Foudy (1 SOG)
Russia Player of the Game – Pyotr Kochetkov (23 SV)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC – Russia wins 5-1
QMJHL Player of the Game – Rafael Harvey-Pinard (1A)
Russia Player of the Game – Ivan Chekhovich (1G, 1A)
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC – Russia wins 3-2 OT
QMJHL Player of the Game – Noah Dobson (1G)
Russia Player of the Game – Stepan Starkov (1G)
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