2007-Super-Series IIHF World Junior Championship

Russia  1 -  Canada  6

Sunday, September 9, 2007 | 8 pm EST | Vancouver, BC, CAN


by Lucas Aykroyd

It didn't have the last-minute drama of Paul Henderson's winner in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, but Game 8 of the 2007 Canada/Russia Super Series sent fans home happy from Vancouver's GM Place.

With five power play goals, including a pair from local boy Kyle Turris (New Westminster, BC/ Burnaby, BCHL), Canada trounced Russia 6-1 to conclude an odyssey that began August 27 in Ufa, Russia.

Canada convincingly wrapped up the series with a 7-0-1 record, outscoring Russia by a 3-to-1 margin (39-13 overall).

"The kids were prepared to play today," said head coach Brent Sutter. "They came to the rink excited about this game. To go 7-0-1 is remarkable, when you consider all the travel and everything involved. I think our preparation and how the kids committed over the summer to get ready was what separated us from the opposition."

Karl Alzner (Burnaby, BC/ Calgary, WHL) and Zach Boychuk (Airdrie, AB/ Lethbridge, WHL) added a goal and an assist apiece, and Brandon Sutter (Red Deer, AB/ Red Deer, WHL), and Colton Gillies (Surrey, BC/ Saskatoon, WHL) also scored for Canada.

"The crowd was awesome," said Alzner. "It was great to play in front of my family and friends. As for the team, I expected coming in that we would have a really solid team that would win the majority of the games, and we got everything we expected and more."

Zach Hamill (Port Coquitlam, BC/ Everett, WHL) and Sam Gagner (Oakville, ON/ London, OHL) each recorded two assists. That brought Gagner's series-leading points total to 15, and the nifty centre was honoured as the series MVP.

Goalie Leland Irving (Swan Hills, AB/ Everett, WHL) was nearly perfect between the pipes, although Russia's Evgeny Dadonov scored with 2:40 left to spoil his shutout bid.

Canada had early opportunities on the power play after Alexei Grishin was called for high-sticking at 2:13. Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was forced to make a nice save off a Turris one-timer set up by Drew Doughty (London, ON/ Guelph, OHL).

Russia generated some pressure in the Canadian zone toward the end of the first period, but Canada controlled the opening 20 minutes overall.

Canada got off to a quick start in the second when Claude Giroux (Hearst, ON/ Gatineau, QMJHL) burst to the net and nearly re-directed a Brandon Sutter feed past Bobrovsky.

No sooner had Russia killed off the ensuing man advantage than Canada got another one. At 3:43, an Alzner blast from the centre point beat Bobrovsky high blocker side, giving Canada a 1-0 lead.

Canada jumped into a two-goal lead at 11:13 with a two-man advantage, when Sutter collected the rebound from a Gagner shot and flipped it high into the net.

It was 3-0 Canada three minutes later on the power play after Boychuk lost his footing at the bottom of the faceoff circle but still zinged a beautiful shot over the goalie's glove from his knees.

In the third period, tempers began to flare, as Team Canada captain Milan Lucic (Vancouver, BC/ Vancouver, WHL) and Viacheslav Voinov were sent off after scuffling in the Russian end.

Canada stretched its lead to 4-0 with just over 10 minutes to go when Turris backhanded a rebound past a sprawling Bobrovsky, much to the delight of his hometown fans.

With 8:50 left, a melee erupted behind the Russian net after Maxim Chudinov threw a high hit after the whistle on Giroux. Roughing minors and misconducts were handed out, but that was as nasty as it got.

"Obviously, the Canadian mentality is that we don't like to get cheap-shotted like that, so I think our guys did the right job stepping up for one another," said Lucic.

Turris scored again with a great backhand deke on the power play at 15:46, making it 5-0. Just 22 seconds later, Colton Gillies grabbed a rebound on the doorstep and put it home to round out Canada's scoring.

Evgeni Dadonov spoiled Irving's shutout bid with less than three minutes to go, deflecting in a pass from Alexander Ryabev on the doorstep.

Final shots favoured Canada 45-26. Turris was Canada's Player of the Game, and Bobrovsky was selected for Russia.

"We didn't take our foot off the gas," said Lucic. "We wanted to end off this tournament with a boom, because everyone always remembers the last game that's played."


Game Information
Game Number Round Championship
Arena General Motors Place City, Country Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Month / Day / Year 09/09/2007 Time (local) 05:00 PM PT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
Canada (CAN) 0 3 3 6
First Period

   02:13 RUS 3 Alexei Grishin (High Sticking)
   07:38 CAN 9 Sam Gagner (Hooking)
   11:43 RUS 23 Yuri Alexandrov (Tripping)
   14:40 CAN 5 Keaton Ellerby (Roughing)
   19:06 CAN 15 Luke Schenn (Tripping)

Second Period
   03:43 CAN 27 Karl Alzner (28 Claude Giroux, 9 Sam Gagner) PP
   11:13 CAN 12 Brandon Sutter (9 Sam Gagner, 27 Karl Alzner) PP2
   13:08 CAN 11 Zach Boychuk (10 Zach Hamill) PP

   01:03 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (Hooking)
   03:11 RUS 2 Pavel Doronin (Hooking)
   09:58 RUS 33 Konstantin Kulikov (Slashing)
   10:10 RUS 2 Pavel Doronin (High Sticking)
   10:10 RUS 2 Pavel Doronin (High Sticking)
   14:17 CAN 11 Zach Boychuk (Roughing)
   14:17 CAN 21 Stefan Legein (Roughing)
   14:17 RUS 30 Vyatcheslav Voynov (Roughing)
   15:18 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (High Sticking)
   19:00 CAN 20 John Tavares (Checking from Behind)
   19:00 CAN 20 John Tavares (10-Minute Misconduct)
   19:58 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (High Sticking)

Third Period
   09:57 CAN 19 Kyle Turris (11 Zach Boychuk, 10 Zach Hamill) PP
   15:46 CAN 19 Kyle Turris (20 John Tavares, 2 Josh Godfrey) PP
   16:08 CAN 18 Colton Gillies (3 Logan Pyett, 22 Milan Lucic)
   17:20 RUS 26 Evgeni Dadonov (14 Alexander Ryabev)

   05:37 CAN 22 Milan Lucic (Roughing)
   05:37 RUS 30 Vyatcheslav Voynov (Roughing)
   05:37 CAN 22 Milan Lucic (Slashing)
   08:43 RUS 11 Mikhail Glukhov (Roughing)
   11:10 CAN 28 Claude Giroux (Roughing)
   11:10 CAN 28 Claude Giroux (Roughing)
   11:10 RUS 23 Yuri Alexandrov (Roughing)
   11:10 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (Roughing)
   11:10 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (Cross Checking)
   11:10 CAN 5 Keaton Ellerby (10-Minute Misconduct)
   11:10 CAN 15 Luke Schenn (10-Minute Misconduct)
   11:10 CAN 28 Claude Giroux (10-Minute Misconduct)
   11:10 RUS 23 Yuri Alexandrov (10-Minute Misconduct)
   11:10 RUS 27 Maxim Chudinov (10-Minute Misconduct)
   11:10 RUS 37 Viktor Tikhonov (10-Minute Misconduct)
   14:39 RUS 4 Igor Zubov (Hooking)
   19:03 CAN 20 John Tavares (Hooking)
   19:03 CAN 20 John Tavares (Tripping)

35 Sergei Bobrovsky On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
31 Leland Irving On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Russia 11 9 6 26
Canada 14 18 13 45

Player of Game
Russia 35 Sergei Bobrovsky
Canada 19 Kyle Turris
Referee Chris Savage, Pat Smith
Lines People Chris deHaan, Kiel Purchison