Russian youth hockey squad got a hard-fought 6-5 win against Canada in the exhibition matches to marking 40 years of the Summit Series.
Andrey Sigarev scored his second goal with six minutes left on the clock to give Russia the victory in Halifax, Canada.
“I never had such a memorable match in my whole career,” he told the Russian Hockey Federation’s official website. “It's not because of my two of goals, but because the current series is dedicated to the famous series of 1972 between USSR and Canada. So I was very happy when I was capped. It’s nice to score in such a game. Though there’s no big difference who gets the goal. The main thing is that we’ve won and took a 2-1 lead in the series.”
Vladimir Tkachev, Mikhail Naumenkov, Anton Zlobin and Anton Slepishev also added their names to the scoreboard for the visiting side.
Despite conceding five goals, Russia’s netminder, Andrey Makarov, put up a solid display, with 38 saves.
Canada’s defender, Ryan Murphy, who came up with a goal and three assists on the night, says his team must tighten up at the back if they want to level the series in the final game on August 14.
“We can’t make any mistakes or they’ll come right back at us with a lot of offence,” he said in an interview with the Canadian Press. “They’re really good at odd-man rushes so we have to make sure that we have a high forward at all times to come back and help out the D.”
Two of the opening matches of the series took place in the Russian city of Yaroslavl where the teams exchanged wins.
The venue was chosen as a tribute to the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey squad who died in plane crash a year ago.
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