Stone provides Fehr game

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Whether Eric Fehr is part of Canada's world junior entry this holiday season remains to be seen. However, if the sniper is in Grand Forks, N.D., later this month going for the nation's first crown since 1997, you can bet he needs to bring Ryan Stone.

The Brandon Wheat Kings teammates provided a heck of a tandem in ensuring the WHL All-Stars claimed both meetings in their series with the Russian Selects, culminating with last night's 5-2 victory in Lethbridge.

After potting a pair of goals in the first clash Wednesday night in Red Deer, Fehr was at it again last night, netting the game-winner before the standing-room Enmax Centre crowd of 5,152.

As was the case with all Fehr's goals in the games against the Red Machine, it was Calgary kid Stone setting him up.

Needing a spark late in the second period while holding a one-goal edge, the dynamic duo clicked yet again when Stone -- who's leading the WHL points race -- made a picturesque pass to his good buddy.

While drawing the Russian defenders, including goaltender Andrei Kuznetsov, to the other side of the net when it appeared he was going around the cage, Stone backhanded a pass in the direction from which he came.

Fehr -- who's tied for top spot in the WHL with 22 goals this season -- easily planted the biscuit in the cage.

"I knew it was coming. I just had to get ready for it," Fehr said. "A lot of my goals come off passes from Ryan Stone. If I make the shot in the first period, I'd have had another."

With plays like that, you can tell it's no co-incidence Stone is atop the WHL assist leaders with 25 helpers. Nor is it a fluke he clicks so well with Fehr.

"Coming in here, we both just wanted to play our style and I think we did it pretty well. I'm finding him and he's banging in goals," Stone said.

As the score indicated, the tilt wasn't as one-sided as the first meeting between the two sides, in which the WHL squad pasted the visitors 6-0.

Still, Kuznetsov was undoubtedly the star for the Russians with 38 saves, many of the highlight reel variety, and holding the game scoreless through the first period.

Among his victims were Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Boyd, who was left looking to the sky when his one-timer on a cross-ice pass was blocked by an outstretched trapper.

Still, Kuznetsov couldn't stop them all.

Brent Seabrook of the hometown Hurricanes opened the scoring early in the second period and, a couple of minutes later, Prince Albert Raiders captain Kyle Chipchura doubled the lead.

The Russians did find some life after that. Nikolai Lemtyugov finally put them on the board by knocking home the rebound off his own breakaway but that just set the stage for Fehr's marker and subsequent powerplay goals from Kris Russell and Boyd in the opening minutes of the third period.

Roman Voloshenko's late powerplay goal for Russia rounded out the scoring.

Boyd, who's leading a Moose Jaw squad that has only one win this season, left with a few souvenirs -- player of the game honours, five stitches thanks to an errant high stick and two points.

All he needs now is an invite to the world junior camp from Brent Sutter, the WHL coach who's also guiding Canada's team.

"That would top it off with everything else," Boyd said. "I think I showed how I can play, give energy every night. If I can get an invite, I'd show everything I've got."

Even though the visiting squad was handily thumped, it certainly wasn't as easy for the home side as the previous night.

The Russians played with much more spark and created many more scoring chances. They even dished out their share of hard hits.

However, none could compare to the one dished their way early in the game when Alexander Zhurun played the part of Eric Lindros by turning to the middle of the ice at the blueline with his head down. Zhurun was met by Gilbert Brule and sent to the ice in a crumpled heap. He got to his feet, went to the dressing room and didn't return.


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