OHL Ryan Strome (1) (Garrett Meurs, Matt Puempel) 9:50
OHL Frankie Corrado (1) (Ryan Strome, Dougie Hamilton) 9:16
|RUS Nail Yakupov (2) (Albert Yarullin, Maxim Shalunov) 19:24|
Andrei Vasilievski 26/28
Jordan Binnington 8/8
Jake Paterson 7/8
1. Nail Yakupov RW - Team Russia had pracitically no offense going on tonight, as they could only muster 16 shots through the entire game. Team OHL stuffed them at every turn, which is a kudos to Team OHL for their defensive play. Yakupov scored late in this game which is a complement to him that he doesn't need much of an opportunity to capitalize on a chance. Really got beaten up in this game but much to his credit he kept plugging away and didn't quit on the game or his team. Yakupov does have some enigmatic things about his game that need to be ironed out but his will and his drive shouldn't be questioned.
2. Andrei Vasilievski G - The best player on Team Russia tonight and likely was the only reason the game was close. Team Russia ran into penalty trouble at the worst times tonight but Vasilievski was his teams' best penalty killer. When Vasilievski is on, he is tough to beat along the ice and tonight he was a wall in Team Russia's net.
1. Tom Wilson RW - Tom Wilson did not show up on the scoresheet but his physicality was all over the ice as he handed out hit after hit. He has come a long way in terms of his skating, but in terms of his overall hockey sense, he knows what he is and relishes that role. Its good to see a player take on such a physically demanding role and enjoy doing it. Very much in the conversation to make the World Junior club for Team Canada as a 4th line energy player.
2. Dougie Hamilton D - Hamilton was a rock on the backend for Team OHL tonight. Team Russia only mustered 16 shots on the game and a lot of that was because of Dougie Hamilton. He is a unique blend of size and mobility, with equal parts of offense and defense. Rock solid with and without the puck. A great deal of maturity in his game. Should be a shoe-in to be on the backend for the Team Canada World Junior Team this winter and anchor that blueline.