Don't see a threat yet so I'll start one. Half way through the 1st. 0-0. Brule just absolutely killed a Russian forward, total Scott Stevens hit as he was cutting up the the middle in the trolly tracks.
Lemtuygov is the best Russian by far, he's pretty electric out there but he's pretty small and I don't really think his game will translate well at the next level. Very exciting player to watch at this level though.
Lemtuygov scored the only Russian goal, he got a breakaway, was stopped and kicked in the rebound but the ref's let it stand.
Fehr scored another on a beauty pass by Stone. Fehr also assisted on Chipchura's goal.
Phanuef is gone for the game after a hit from behind, kind of an iffy call as the player turned and it was pretty much right against the glass so no real chance for an injury.
Michalishyn is also gone after an ugly high stick, trying to defend himself from a hit. He got five and a game.
WOW. Getzlaf has to be the most frustrating player to watch ever. He's amazing all over the ice and then needs someone to hold his hand to put the puck in an empty net. Just like at the World Juniors last year.
Also, Phanuef is back, he must have gotten 2 and a 10 and not 2 and a game.
That was funny, Lemtuygov tried to start a fight with anyone he could find, eventually wound up with Chipchura and was pulling his hair. Then when he got thrown out he was leaving and calling on the WHL bench.
Oh man he'd get eaten alive by almost anyone on that bench.
Dustin Boyd was the player of the game for Canada and he deserved it, he was very impressive. Especially for such a young guy. I'm pretty sure Voloshenko was the Russian game star. He scored the second goal and looked as good as anyone on his team, he was clearly the most dangerous player they had.
Shawn Belle was also good back on the point, Barker didn't do much. Phaneuf was good as usual. Fehr is great. Brule was very dissapointing, other than his huge hit early he faded away. Didn't get a ton of ice time though. I can't see him coming close to making the national junior team, I'd be very surprized if he were invited to the camp. If he is, it will likely be for experience only, I don't think he's a good candidate to play this year.
Lemuygov (sp?) was pimp slapping and pulling Chipchura's hair, as if he was on the payroll... Him and Mikhailshin were nothing short of a disgrace over the course of the last 4 games. Really they were the core of all the cheapshots (and garbage), it wasn't a team wide thing with the Russians.
Anyways, more of the same.... WHL dominance.
And on a side note, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the last series of it's kind. It's simply not worth it, too many negatives to go forward with this format IMO.