Maxim Shalunov’s goal at 13:05 of the third period gave Russia a 2-1 win over the Ontario Hockey League’s all-stars on Thursday in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series.
It was the first time the Russians have beaten the OHL in 19 games and gave them a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game 4 is on Monday in Sarnia, Ont., as the OHL will look to tie the series.
Anton Shenfeld also scored for Russia. Tyler Graovac had the lone goal for the OHL.
OHL’s Malcolm Subban stopped all seven shots he faced in nearly 32 minutes before giving way to Jordan Binnington, who turned aside eight of 10 shots.
Russia’s Andrei Vasilevski allowed one goal on 16 shots, while Igor Ustinski was perfect, not allowing a goal on eight shots.
OHL was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Russia wasn’t able to score on four opportunities with the man advantage.
The OHL opened the scoring 5:49 into the second period while shorthanded, as Sean Monahan picked the pocket of Russian defenceman Nikita Nesterov and went in on a 2-on-1 with his Ottawa 67’s teammate Graovac. Monahan fed Graovac, who put a nifty deke on Vasilevski before roofing a backhand shot.
Neither team really did anything offensively after that until Russia struck for two quick goals in the third period.
Shenfeld finished a great solo effort, beating defenceman Slater Koekkoek before snapping a shot past Binnington’s blocker. Shalunov then struck 24 seconds later, wristing a shot on a 2-on-1 that snuck under Binnington.
Binnington was pulled for an extra attacker in the final minute, but Brett Ritchie took a checking from behind penalty with 31 seconds remaining to thwart a comeback attempt.