Dominance continues

TIM COOK

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

SASKATOON (CP) — Canada continued its romp in the junior hockey Super Series Wednesday night, besting the Russians 4-1 to win their sixth straight of the eight-game series.

Dana Tyrell’s first goal of the series midway through the third period stood up as the winner in a game that proved to be much more hard fought than Tuesday night’s 8-1 drubbing in Winnipeg.

Canada outshot the Russians 13-2 in the first period Wednesday night but Russian goalie Semen Varlamov — a Washington Capitals 2006 draft pick — stood tall as Canada constantly crashed the net looking for rebounds.

Canada’s first goal came in the final minute of the first period, with Russian defenceman Kirill Tulupov off serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice, and Canada on a 4-on-3 power play. Defenceman Drew Doughty, who plays with Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League, leaned into a slap shot from the high slot. Varlamov made the first save but the puck dribbled behind him and Sam Gagner banged it home.

The Russians bounced back in the second period and drew even at 4:17. With Canadian defenceman Keaton Ellerby off for holding, Russian defenceman and Dallas draft pick Ivan Vishnevsky fired a point shot home that looked like it was tipped in front of Canadian goaltender Leland Irving. It was Vishnevsky’s first point of the tournament.

Shortly after the equalizer, the Russians took four penalties in just over two minutes, but Canada failed to capitalize on its opportunities, including a four-minute 5-on-3 advantage.

The Canadians weren’t without their chances on the elongated power play.

Varlamov made a dazzling cross crease glove save on Gagner and it looked like David Perron had scored from the side of the net, but the marker was called back because it was ruled the puck did not cross the line.

The shots were 26-13 in Canada’s favour after the second period.

Irving brought the crowd to their feet a little over a minute into the third period when he made a glove save on a defenceman Yevgeny Kurbatov, who took a shot from the high slot with the Russians on a power play.

Shortly after that Canada failed to capitalize on another 5-on-3, making the hometown fans restless.

But they wouldn’t have to wait long.

Canadian forward and Boston draft pick Zach Hamill jumped on a dumped puck in the Russian zone, centred it to a streaking Tyrell, who put the puck between Varlamov’s legs to give Canada the lead.

Brandon Sutter added an insurance marker about eight minutes later and Zach Boychuk rounded out the scoring with a little under two minutes left.

The Super Series commemorates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between victorious Canada and the Soviet Union.

While the 1972 series was a competitive affair that made Canadians realize the strength of the Russian hockey program, this junior version has been much more one-sided.

The remaining two games are Friday in Red Deer, Alta., and Sunday in Vancouver.


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