WHL wins shootout thriller over Russia WHL wins shootout thriller over Russia

Vancouver, BC – Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit prevailed in a goaltenders’ duel, backstopping Team WHL to a 1-0 win in a shootout over Russia in Game 5 of the SUBWAY Super Series on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old product of Surrey, B.C., turned aside all 30 shots he faced through 60 minutes, then denied all three shooters he faced in the shootout to help Team WHL past Russia, who also got a terrific performance from Saskatoon Blades’ goaltender Andrey Makarov.

Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice scored the decisive shootout goal on a nifty move as Team WHL converted three of their four shootout chances. Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders also found the net in the shootout.

The win gives the CHL an 8-7 edge in points through five games of the six-game series.

Russia got themselves to the shootout on the back of Makarov’s 35-save performance through regulation play. The 19-year-old from Kazan was making his first appearance for Russia in the series, and was particularly strong in the third period as his side was outshot 12-7.

Both Brossoit and Makarov earned Player of the Game honours for their respective teams.

Team WHL finished 0-for-3 on the power play while Russia was blanked on two man advantage chances.

1972 Summit Series Canadian hero Phil Esposito along with Russian native and Hockey Hall of Fame member Igor Larionov participated in the ceremonial faceoff.

A SUBWAY Super Series record attendance of 11,124 fans attended the game at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C.

The 2012 SUBWAY Super Series wraps up on Thursday night with Team WHL hosting Russia in Victoria, B.C.  The game can be seen live on Sportsnet One at 10PM Eastern.  A WHL win in regulation or a shootout will clinch the series.

Game Summary

League Schedules
Saturday February 6
ROU at BAC Postponed
VDO at BLB 4:00 EST
RIM at SHE 4:00 EST
EDM at KAM 8:00 EST
SHA at CAP 11:00 EST
CHA at HAL 11:00 EST
VIC at SNB 11:00 EST
KGN at HAM 7:00 EST
NB at NIA 7:00 EST
LET at KTN 9:00 EST
VIC at POR 10:00 EST
MJ at RD 9:00 EST
PG at REG 8:00 EST
OTT at PBO 7:05 EST
SBY at SAG 7:05 EST
ERIE at WSR 7:05 EST
CAL at KEL 10:05 EST
SC at SAS 8:05 EST
EVT at SEA 10:05 EST
SPO at TC 10:05 EST
MISS at BAR 7:30 EST
KIT at FLNT 7:30 EST
GUE at OS 7:30 EST
MH at BDN 8:30 EST

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