Thursday, November 17, 2011

Team WHL Downs Russia 5-2

The Canadian Hockey League leads the Subway Super Series 3-2 after team WHL posted a 5-2 win over Russia last night in Regina.

The visiting Russians opened the scoring with a goal from Bogdan Potekhin at 11:20, Saskatoon Blade Josh Nicholls tied it at hone just over two minutes later, and Portland's Ty Rattie put the WHL up 2-1 with a late power play goal.

In the second, Russia tied the game at two with a goal from Pavel Medvedev mid way thru the frame, however Regina Pat Jordan Weal put the WHL back up by one with a power play goal with two and a half minutes to go in the second.

Team WHL added to their lead in the third with goals from Kootenay's Max Reinhart and Portland's Brad Ross, and went on to take the win infront of 4501 fans in the Queen City.

Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard made 23 saves in the win, Saskatoon's Andrey Makarov made 37 in the loss for Russia. Special teams was huge, as the WHL went 2-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The win give the CHL the lead in the six game series which now shifts to Moose Jaw tonight for the series finale.

Among the changes for tonight's roster to team WHL include the addition of Moose Jaw Warriors Dylan McIlrath, Quinton Howden, Joel Edmundson, and Cody Beach. Morgan Rielly was to play tonight, but due to a recent injury his spot was filled by Brandon's Ryan Pulock.

The Subway Super Series takes over Mosaic Place at 7pm.

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