Team Russia picked up their first win of the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series with a 5-2 win over Team OHL before a sold out crowd of 6,020 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON.
Team OHL outshot the Russians 43-21 but could not solve goaltender Ivan Nalimov who made 41 saves as Player of the Game.
Team Russia found a 2-0 lead after the first period sparked by a goal from Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sergey Tolchinsky of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who opened the scoring at 6:24 connecting with fellow OHL forward and 2014 NHL Draft prospect Nikolay Goldobin of the Sarnia Sting.
The OHL found two quick goals in the span of 1:29 to tie the game midway through the second period. Windsor Spitfires forward Kerby Rychel buried a feed from Max Domi of the London Knights to put the home team on the board.
Moments later, Guelph Storm leading scorer Brock McGinn capitalized on a funny bounce off the boards to break in uncontested and fired a shot past Nalimov to knot the score at 2-2.
The deadlock would be short lived as Russia would pull ahead for good on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Ildar Shiksatdarov at 13:08.
Vladimir Butuzov extended the Team Russia lead to 4-2 with a third period goal at 6:36 before Vladimir Tkachyov sealed the game with a late empty-net goal.
Buffalo Sabres first round pick Nikita Zadorov of the London Knights recorded three assists in the contest helping setup each of the last three Russian goals in his first major junior contest after beginning the season in the NHL.
Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack led the OHL with two assists.
Rychel received Player of the Game honours for Team OHL.
The Greyhounds' Matt Murray made 17 saves despite the loss including a tremendous penalty shot stop in the third period.
The OHL will host Game 4 of the SUBWAY Super Series Monday night in Sudbury.
The CHL continues to lead the overall SUBWAY Super Series standings 6-3 in points after three games.
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