Canada Russia Series: QMJHL hangs on for 6-4 win over Russia

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Team QMJHL built a 4-0 first period lead, only to hang onto a 6-4 win over Russia in the final game of the Canada Russia Series Thursday night in Halifax, N.S.

The CHL won five of six games and win the series by a 15-3 score in points.

Mathieu Joseph of the Saint John Sea Dogs scored a pair of goals in the win as Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenceman Jeremy Lauzon scored a goal and assisted on two more.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forwards Maxim Lazarev (0-3) and Evgeny Svechnikov (2-0) led the charge for Russia.

The QMJHL opened the scoring just 3:44 into the contest with a goal from Lauzon. Thomas Chabot and Clark Bishop drew assists.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel gave the QMJHL a 2-0 lead at 7:53 with Francis Perron and Samuel Girard drawing assists.

Joseph’s first goal of the game gave the host team a 3-0 lead at 15:07 with Maxime Fortier and Lauzon picking up assists. The goal would spoil the night for Russian starter Alexander Trushkov after giving up three goals on nine shots.

Anthony Beauvillier made it 4-0 at 18:15 with Lauzon picking up the lone assist.

The Russians got themselves on the board at 18:15 with Svechnikov’s first goal of the game. Lazarev and Gatineau Olympiques forward Yakov Trenin picked up assists.

Shots were 13-11 in favour of the QMJHL.

In the second period, Svechnikov added his second goal of the game just 1:57 into the period to cut the QMJHL lead in half. Lazarev and Artem Volkov drew assists.

Russia made it a hockey game at 10:23 when Artus Lauta scored his third of the series to bring Russia to within a goal. Andrey Svetlakov and Arkhip Nekolenko drew assists.

Shots were 14-7 in favour of QMJHL.

The QMJHL took a 5-3 lead just 4:30 into the third period as Baie-Comeau Drakkar defenceman Nicolas Meloche scored on a wrap-around. Beauvillier drew the lone assist.

Joseph added his second of the game at 16:04 to make it 6-3 QMJHL. Girard drew the lone assist.

Russia made it a two-goal game with 70 seconds left in the contest with Kirill Pilipenko burying a one-timer for his second goal of the series. Lazarev and Svetlakov drew assists.

Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders made 27 saves in the win for Team QMJHL. Maxim Tretiak took the loss in relief with 22 saves.

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