QUICK START HELPS CANADA EAST TO PRE-TOURNAMENT WIN OVER RUSSIANS
DIGBY, N.S. – Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ont./Kemptville, CCHL) got the scoring started just 82 seconds after
the puck dropped, sparking a three-goal first period and helping Canada East to a 4-2 win over Russia in
World Junior A Challenge pre-tournament action on Saturday night.
Patrick McCarron (Etobicoke, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) added a power-play goal less than five minutes
after Byron’s goal and Dalen Hedges (Ottawa, Ont./Nepean, CCHL) made it 3-0 just past the midway point of the
first period as the Canadians excited the standing room only crowd of more than 1,100 at the Digby Area
After the Russians pulled to within a goal early in the third period, Canada East captain Michael Neville
(Woodbridge, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL) gave his team some breathing room with a shorthanded goal with less
than six minutes to go, sealing the victory.
Ruslan Trubkin and Vladislav Gavrikov, both on the power play, scored for the Russians, who were outshot
36-22, including 16-6 in the third period when they were within a goal.
Both teams got a look at both of their goaltenders before the puck drops on the tournament Monday –
Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, B.C./Kingston, OJHL) and Daniel Mannella (Woodbridge, Ont./Georgetown, OJHL)
split the 60 minutes for the Canadians, while Ivan Bocharov played the first two periods for the Russians
before giving way to Igor Shestyorkin.
Canada West and Russia will both see the ice at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth on Monday as the World
Junior A Challenge kicks off – the Russians take on the Czech Republic in the matinee (4 p.m. AT), while the
Canadians face the U.S. in the night cap (7:30 p.m. AT).