Russia holds off late charge to win 2014 SUBWAY Super Series
Facing a late charge by Team QMJHL, Team Russia managed to hold on and win 3-2 to win the 2014 Subway Super Series in the sixth and deciding game in Rimouski, Qué.
The six-game series played over the course of a two week period that sees two games played in each of the Canadian Hockey League’s three member organizations used an international point system where three points were awarded for a regulation win, two points for a shootout win and one point for a shootout loss. Russia would claim the 12th edition of the series 11-7 with a 4-2-0 record while Team CHL would finish 2-3-1.
The first period was relatively quiet until the Russians opened the scoring with 3:54 remaining in the opening frame as Ivan Fishchenko scored his first of the series from Vladimir Bryuvkin and Alexander Dergachev. The score would remain 1-0 after 20 minutes despite Yan Pavel Laplante coming mere inches away from tying it, however the buzzer had sounded before the puck could cross the line. Shots in the first were 12-8 in favor of Team QMJHL.
The second period opened with Bryukvin doubling the Russian lead 4:12 in with his second goal of the series. Dergachev picked up his second assist of the game after the shot was deflected in off a defender’s stick. The woes for Team QMJHL would continue just before the mid-way point of the period as Vyacheslav Leshchenko was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce at the 9:33 mark for his first of the series to make it 3-0 Russia. Mikhail Tikhonov and Konstantin Okulov picked up the assists. This is how the score would remain after 40 minutes of play. Shots in the second period were 8-1 for Team Russia.
Team QMJHL would finally get on the board in the third period when Nicolas Meloche would unleash a bullet from the blue line at the 7:11 mark of the final frame. Dylan Labbé would be credited with an assist on Meloche’s first of the series, making it a 3-1 game. Rimouski’s own Anthony Deluca would bring Team QMJHL within one while on the power play with 7:29 to go in regulation with his first of the series from Francis Perron and Alexandre Carrier. After taking a late penalty and pulling their goaltender, Team QMJHL were unable to find the equalizer as Russia would hold on to win 3-2 and take the SUBWAY Super Series trophy. Shots on goal in the third period were 14-5 in favor of Team QMJHL giving them the outright lead in that department by a 27-21 margin.
Philippe Desrosiers got the start in goal for Team QMJHL and allowed three goals on 21 shots in the loss while Igor Shestyorkin stopped 25 of 27 shots to improve his record to 2-1 in the series.
Special Teams saw Team Russia unsuccessful in three power plays while Team QMJHL went one-for-four with the man advantage.
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