Friday, November 12, 2010
Team OHL Wins 1 To Cut the Russian Series Lead to 2-1
The Russian squad looked a little tired in the first having played the night before and penalty trouble didn't help them, especially being down 2 men 3 times in the opening period.
Team OHL outshot them 26 - 5 in the opening frame and outscoring them 2-0.
The second period was a little better from Team Russia with the shot advantage at 12-10 for the OHL. But neither team was able to score.
The third period was even in shots at 12 giving the OHL 50 to Russia's 27 for the game. Team OHL was able to add 2 more goals in the third to seal the victory.
The 2 Scotts, Wedgewood and Stajcer combined for the shut out while the London Knights Igor Bobkov played the entire game for the Russians and his brilliant performance earned him player of the game. Eric Gudbranson was a monster for team OHL especially in his own zone.
Of the draft eligible players, Andrey Padan was solid defensively, but looked out of place on the offense. He's big so he looks slow out there at times. He will need to work on his skating based on last night. Boone Jenner and Lucas Lessio didn't do anything to hurt themselves. Both were solid with Lessio picking up an assist and Jenner strong defensively and in the faceoff circle. Scott Harrington and Ryan Murphy played some shifts together, in fact, they started the game. Harrington had his best game i've seen this year. He had been struggling somewhat for the Knights and hopefully this puts him over the hump. Murphy was, well Murphy. Skated well, as you would expect and wasn't a liability out there. He showed he can play with and against the best in the world.
My only disappointment was that there were maybe 4,000 fans there for this game. For a city that draws 9,000 for an OHL game, that was a surprise to me.