FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada White lost a close one to Russia by the score of 3-2 in exhibition play on Thursday.
Canada White found themselves down 1-0 after the Russians scored midway through the first stanza. Jake Lee evened the score on the powerplay at 11:28 into the second period with an unassisted screened shot from the point. Nicholas Porco gave the home side the lead 9:00 into the final frame. Logan Barlage took a pass from Michael Vukojevic who sacrificed his body to make the play. Russia tied the game 4:45 later and then take the lead on the powerplay with a 1:57 remaining in the game. A late man advantage allowed Canada White to apply some pressure but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Team Canada White finished 1 for 8 on the powerplay, while they were 1 for 6 on the penalty kill.
Taylor Gauthier made 11 of 12 saves and Jonathan Lemieux stopped 10 of 12 pucks fired at him.
In Dawson Creek Team Canada Red got hammered by the United States by the score of 9-1. The teams headed into the locker rooms after one period tie at 1-1, however the United States scored three in the second and five in the third. Jack Hughes of the States finished with five points as his team outshot Canada Red 46-25.