RUSSIANS EDGE RED IN OUTAGE-DELAYED GAME AT U17S
JASON LA ROSE
QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Marat Khusnutdinov and Iliya Rychkov had a goal and an assist apiece, and Russia held on for a 4-2 win over Canada Red in a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge game that finished Sunday afternoon, almost 17 hours after it started.
The Russians led by a goal with less than eight minutes to go Saturday night when a wind storm knocked out power to the qplex, suspending the game overnight.
The delay quashed any momentum the Canadians had; after falling behind 2-0 after one period, Red outshot Russia 23-6 over the final 33 minutes before the lights went out.
Vasili Ponomaryov got the scoring started just shy of the 11-minute mark of the opening frame, burying a quick shot from the slot, and Pavel Tyutnev squeezed a shot past Red goaltender Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) only 33 seconds after that to double the advantage and quiet the standing-room only crowd at the qplex.
The Canadians carried the play in the second period, outshooting Russia 17-4, but Rychkov beat Garand for the 3-0 goal midway through stanza.
Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) finally got the Canadians on the board with just over four minutes left, chipping a second chance over Russian netminder Yaroslav Askarov to make it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.
Jarvis was in on the 3-2 goal as well, forcing a turnover in the offensive zone and setting up Payton Mount (Victoria, B.C./Seattle, WHL) to cut the deficit to just one early in the third period.
But Red couldn’t produce the game-tying goal before the game was suspended Saturday, and Khusnutdinov hit the empty net once play resumed Sunday to provide the insurance marker.
The Russians get back to action Monday afternoon, taking on Finland (12 p.m. AT), while Canada Red faces Sweden in the night-cap (7 p.m. AT).