Game 1: Canada 3, Russia 2

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Game 1: Canada 3, Russia 2

Canada defeated Russia 3-2 on Thursday in the first game of the Canada-Russia Challenge in Yaroslavl, RUS. Islanders prospects Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart dressed for Canada, while Adam Pelech was scratched. Andrey Pedan was in the lineup for Russia.

In the first period, Russia outshot Canada 9-4, but the teams were scoreless heading into the first intermission.

The play opened up in the second period, and the teams exchanged several scoring chances. Sean Monahan put Canada ahead 1-0 at 4:12 of the middle frame on a power play goal. Less than two minutes later, Jonathan Huberdeau recovered a turnover in the Russian zone, and set up Scott Harrington for his first tally of the tournament to make the score 2-0.

Just minutes later, Russia cut the deficit to 2-1 when Anton Slepyshev lit the lamp. Later in the period, the Canadians re-established their two-goal lead on Dougie Hamilton's unassisted power play goal.

Russia was granted a two-man advantage in the third period, and No. 1 overall draft pick Nail Yakupov scored at 14:00, making the score 3-2. Still down a goal late in the period, Russia pulled goaltender Andrei Vasilevski for an extra attacker, but was unable to tie the score.

The teams will go head-to-head for Game 2 of the series on Friday at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Scoring Summary:

First Period:
No scoring

Second Period:
04:08 CAN 20 Sean Monahan (5 Morgan Rielly ) PP
05:57 CAN 6 Scott Harrington (11 Jonathan Huberdeau)
08:01 RUS 11 Anton Slepyshev (5 Albert Yarullin, 21 Kirill Kapustin)
17:40 CAN 4 Dougie Hamilton  PP


Third Period:
14:01 RUS 10 Nail Yakupov (3 Artyom Sergeyev, 25 Mikhail Grigorenko) PP

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