Russia’s junior hockey squad have topped Team WHL 5-2 in Game 6 of the Subway Super Series to triumph in the tournament for the second time in its history.
The Russians were leading 2-0 after the first period in Victoria, Canada, thanks to efforts from Mikhail Naumenkov and Andrey Sigarev.
Ty Rattie got one back for the Western Hockey League’s squad in the second 20 minutes, but the visitors replied with two more goals by Kirill Dyakov and Aleksandr Khokhlachev, 4-1.
The third period began with Adam Lowry converting powerplay, but it was all the Canadians could do on the night as Yaroslav Kozlov sealed the deal for Russia, scoring into an empty net, 5-2.
“We told the guys before the game about how important it is to win in the deciding match,” Russia’s coach Mikhail Varnakov told the Russian Hockey Federation’s website. “If this is something you can’t do then you should forget about winning titles at once. The fact that we opened the score helped us a lot. The opponents had to open, which provided space for our attackers.”
“Winning in the Super Series is great, but there’s something even more important,” he added. "Here a real team was born, with its own leaders – both in spirit and in the game, was born here. The turning point was the third game, in which we managed to defeat the Ontario squad for the first time in 10 years. Since then, the team stood united, the bench was alive during matches, the guys fought for each other, worked with dedication and desire.”
The win saw Russia going out on top in the Super Series for the second time in the event’s 10-year history.
The overall score in the tournament is 3-3, but Mikhail Varnakov’s charges received the upper hand due to having more regular-time wins.