DRUMMONDVILLE, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – The Russian All-Stars went a perfect 2-0 by beating the QMJHL All-Stars in front of 3,335 fans at the Marcel-Dionne Centre.
Crowd favourite Jonathan Brunelle gave Team QMJHL a 1-0 lead at 4:08 in the first period by letting a soft wrist-shot go from the top of the face-off circle which nevertheless caught Emil Garipov completely off guard. The Russians countered only a few minutes later with Vladimir Malinovskiy pushing his own rebound past a sprawling Maxime Clermont.
Ryan Kavanagh gave the lead back to Team QMJHL at 3:14 in the second period after beating Garipov with a hard slap shot, but the lead would again be very short lived. Nikita Dvurechensky registered back-to-back goals before the midway point of the second frame to give the Russians a 3-2 lead. Head coach André Tournigny took the opportunity to make a change in goal, bringing in Quebec Remparts netminder Louis Domingue.
Early in the third period, Brandon Gormley tied it up at three apiece with a nifty shot from the slot. Artemiy Panarin had no trouble burying a beautiful pass from teammate Denis Golybev that literally crossed Domingue’s creased to give the Russians a 4-3 lead.
Game three of the Subway Super Series goes tomorrow night as Team OHL takes welcomes Team Russia in London. The game will be broadcast live on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7 pm.
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