2012-Yarmouth World Junior A Challenge

Canada East 4 - Russia 2


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 Arena.

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).


Game Information
Game Number 02 Round Exhibition
Arena Digby Arena City, Country Digby, N.S.
Month / Day / Year 11/03/2012 Time 07:00 PM AT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Canada East (CAN E) 3 0 1 4
Russia (RUS) 0 1 1 2

First Period
   01:22 CAN E 18 Blaine Byron (15 Marly Quince, 26 Justin Danforth)
   06:18 CAN E 6 Patrick McCarron (19 Matt Buckles, 26 Justin Danforth) PP
   12:45 CAN E 11 Dalen Hedges (8 Jared Walsh, 15 Marly Quince)

   04:56 RUS 12 Vyacheslav Leshchenko (Slashing)
   07:22 CAN E 19 Matt Buckles (Interference)
   13:57 RUS 17 Konstantin Okulov (Roughing)

Second Period
   12:01 RUS 3 Ruslan Trubkin (18 Saveli Ilin, 29 Vladimir Tkachev) PP

   05:06 CAN E 14 Mike Soucier (Slashing)
   06:36 RUS 3 Ruslan Trubkin (Interference)
   07:47 RUS 14 Sergei Stetsenko (High Sticking)
   10:01 CAN E 19 Matt Buckles (Roughing)
   13:46 RUS 8 Nikolai Glukhov (Interference)
   16:03 RUS 26 Alexander Sharov (Tripping)
   16:03 CAN E 6 Patrick McCarron (Roughing)

Third Period
   00:37 RUS 25 Vladislav Gavrikov (9 Igor Rudenkov, 23 Anatoli Golyshev) PP
   14:17 CAN E 17 Michael Neville  SH

   00:00 CAN E   (Delay of Game)
   03:43 RUS 2 Rushan Rafikov (Inter. on Goaltender)
   08:47 CAN E 4 Thomas Welsh (Interference)
   13:53 CAN E 22 Shane Conacher (Slashing)
   14:42 RUS 18 Saveli Ilin (Tripping)
   15:41 RUS 12 Vyacheslav Leshchenko (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   15:41 CAN E 26 Justin Danforth (Hooking)

Canada East
1 Charlie Finn On 1/00:00 Off 2/10:01
31 Daniel Mannella On 2/10:02 Off 3/20:00
30 Ivan Bocharov On 1/00:00 Off 2/20:00
20 Igor Shestyorkin On 3/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada East 13 7 16 36
Russia 7 9 6 22