The Russian National Junior Team emerged victorious in the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series with a 3-2-1 record over the CHL winning by a 10-8 margin in points.
The 2012 win marks the second series victory for the Russians in the 10-year history of the event, last winning in 2010 before they captured gold at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.
Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John Sea Dogs) of Team QMJHL finished the series first in scoring with five points in two games. Mikhail Naumenkov, Maxim Shalunov, Andrei Sigarev, and Nail Yakupov all finished with four points in six games for Russia each scoring two goals and two assists. Ty Rattie (Portland Winterhawks) led Team WHL with a goal and an assist in one game played, while Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs) led Team OHL with a goal and an assist in two games played. Click here for Player Stats.
Andrei Makarov (Saskatoon Blades) was the top goaltender in the series with a 1-0-1 record posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966. Click here Goalie Stats.
The 2012 SUBWAY Super Series had tremendous attendance with sell-out crowds in four markets including a new Sleeman Centre building record of 5,048 fans for Game 3 in Guelph, and a new SUBWAY Super Series single-game attendance record for Game 5 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver with 11,124 fans.
57 NHL Drafted players competed in the series across the CHL's three leagues including 20 first round picks.
The series is used as an evaluation for Canada's National Junior Team that will compete in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship to be played in Ufa, Russia in December. Hockey Canada will announce its final Selection Camp Roster in early December.
2012 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC – RUS (6) QMJHL (2)
Russia Player of the Game - Andrei Vasilevski (31 saves)
QMJHL Player of the Game - Xavier Ouellet (1G 1A)
Game 2 – Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC – QMJHL (5) RUS (2)
QMJHL Player of the Game - Nathan MacKinnon (1G 3A)
Russia Player of the Game - Andrei Sigarev (1G)
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON – RUS (2) OHL (1)
Russia Player of the Game -Igor Ustinski (31 saves)
OHL Player of the Game - Tyler Graovac (1G)
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON – OHL (2) RUS (1)
OHL Player of the Game - Ryan Strome (1G 1A)
Russia Player of the Game - Andrei Vasilevski (27 saves)
Game 5 – Wednesday November 14 at Vancouver, BC – WHL (1) RUS (0) S/O
WHL Player of the Game - Laurent Brossoit (30 saves)
Russia Player of the Game - Andrei Makarov (35 saves)
Game 6 - Thursday November 15 at Victoria, BC - RUS (5) WHL (2)
Russia Player of the Game - Alexander Khokhlachev (1G 1A)
WHL Player of the Game - Ty Rattie (1G 1A)
The last three years of the SUBWAY Super Series have been extremely close. This season the teams were separated by just three goals and marks the lowest scoring event with just 28 goals scored in regulation play. For the second straight year the series was decided by just a two-point margin with the CHL winning 10-8 in 2011. In 2010, the Russians outscored the CHL by just one goal.
In ten years of the event, the CHL has an overall record of 44-12-4.
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