Andrei Sigarev scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:23 left in
the third period, giving Russia a 6-5 win over Canada in Game Three of
the Canada-Russia Challenge at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova
Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes) scored a goal and
three assists for Canada, who has dropped two straight in the four-game
series. Andrei Makarov (Saskatoon Blades, Draft Eligible in 2013)
recorded 37 saves for Russia, including 13 in the third period.
Russia quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 6:18 of the game,
but Canada recovered with goals by Murphy and Ryan Murray (Everett Silvertips,
Columbus Blue Jackets). Mikhail Naumenkov
(Draft Eligible in 2013) scored with 74 seconds left in the opening
period, giving Russia a 3-2 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Russia regained the two-goal lead early in the second period with a goal
by Anton Zlobin (Pittsburgh Penguins' sixth round pick in 2012), but
Canada responded with goals by Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67's, Draft Eligible
in 2013) and Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Montreal Canadiens)
to make it 4-4 after two periods.
Both teams exchanged power-play goals early in the third period, but
Sigarev (Draft Eligible in 2013) notched the game winner as he picked up the rebound to beat
Canada goalie Laurent Brossoit (Edmonton Oil Kings, Calgary Flames) who
made 21 saves.
The Canada-Russia Challenge will wrap up on Tuesday evening with Game Four at the Halifax Metro Centre.