Team WHL Posts Convincing Win in Opener of 2015 Canada-Russia Series in Kelowna

Plenty of talent on display as Team Canada and Team Russia officials get a look at World Junior hopefuls

Team WHL and Team Russia kicked off the 2015 Canada-Russia Series in front of a sold out crowd at Prospera Place.

Team WHL and Team Russia kicked off the 2015 Canada-Russia Series in front of a sold out crowd at Prospera Place.

Kamloops Blazers forward Collin Shirley had a goal and three assists while team captain Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors had a goal and two helpers in Team WHL’s 7-3 victory in Game 1 of the CHL Canada Russia Series in Kelowna on Monday.

Team WHL led 6-0 after 40 minutes before Russia struck for three in the third to set a competitive tone heading into Game 2 of the series on Tuesday in Kamloops.

The unit of Point centering Kamloops Blazers teammates Collin Shirley and Deven Sideroff clicked immediately, connecting for three first period markers and another in the second.

“Anytime you can play with good players like that, things are going to work,” said Point after the win. “I thought we did a real good job of stripping pucks and creating turnovers down low. Our forecheck was effective.”

It took Point and company just 2:16 to get Team WHL on the scoresheet as Shirley assisted on defenceman Kale Clague’s (Brandon Wheat Kings) opening goal.

Clague wristed a seeing-eye shot from the point that made its way through some light traffic and past Maxim Tretiak in the Russian goal just 2:16 into action. Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals) also gathered an assist as the WHL was off to a strong start.

After Jayce Hawrylyk (Brandon Wheat Kings) hit a goal post, Montreal Canadiens prospect Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips) extended the WHL lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first frame. Shirley and Point worked the puck down low, setting up Juulsen who had a clear path to the slot where he wristed a backhander past the blocker of Tretiak.

Team WHL led 2-0 after 20 minutes, outshooting their Russian opponents 13-7.

Though his 5-foot-8 frame wouldn’t suggest an imposing style, ‘Jumbo’ Joe Hicketts made his presence felt early in the second period, laying the body at one end before Point extended the WHL lead to three at the other. Hicketts inspired a Russian turnover with a big hit inside the WHL blueline as the puck went back in transition for Shirley to collect his third assist of the night as the Point goal spelled the end of the night for Maxim Tretiak.

Alexander Trushkov didn’t fare much better as his replacement in the moments that followed. Goals from Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels), Shirley and Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars) extended the WHL lead to 6-0 after two.

Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) faced just one shot in the final eight minutes of the second period after relieving Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors) who stopped all nine of the shots he faced in the opening 30 minutes.

Team Russia came alive early in the third as Kirill Tsulygin and Artur Lauta scored 1:18 apart.

Tsulygin managed to guide a shot through traffic on his third attempt from the point, beating a screened Hart in the WHL goal. Lauta finished on a cross-crease feed from linemate Andrey Svetlakov a shift later after the Russians outbattled Team WHL in the offensive zone.

Team Russia pulled to within three with 4:24 remaining in the third as Calgary Hitmen forward Radel Fazleev parked in the slot and was in the right spot at the right time for a puck to carom in off his body.

Team WHL would bounce back quickly though, damming up the growing Russian momentum with a powerplay goal from defenceman Dysin Mayo (Edmonton Oil Kings) under a minute later.

Shirley and Point had combined for seven points by time the final buzzer sounded on a 7-3 Team WHL victory to open the series, though Russia did show some late life with three goals in the third.

“You have to think they’ll come out tomorrow night the way they played us in the third after seeing some video,” Point noted. “We’ll have to come out with another strong start like we did tonight.”

Team WHL outshot Russia 29-18 in the win, taking a 3-0 series lead in points with the regulation victory.

Tuesday’s Game 2 of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series can be seen live from Kamloops on Sportsnet at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT.

2015 CHL Canada Russia Series

Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC (Team WHL wins 7-3) Game Summary

Game 2 –Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC

Game 3 – Thursday,November 12 at Owen Sound, ON

Game 4 –Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS

Kelowna Capital News

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

David Short ended up losing everything after a fall rendered him unable to work, or pay his bills. His saving grace? Cooking. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Untold: How cooking helped a Kelowna man stay off the streets

David Short spent over a year on the street after suffering a seizure

This historic photo is of Kelowna City Park aquatic facilities in 1954. 

The recently renovated facilities were remodelled to create the new Ogopogo Stadium and Pool capable of seating 5,000 spectators. This facility hosted sporting activities as well as dances, banquets, weddings, meetings, concerts, and water musicals. 

The Ogopogo Stadium also hosted Canadian Championships in rowing, diving, swimming, hydroplane and speedboat races. 

The photo was originally posted to the group Old Kelowna on Facebook back in 2014.
A look back at Kelowna’s past

Ice race on Wood Lake circa 1992

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, updates British Columbians about COVID-19 at a press conference earlier this week. (B.C. Government image)
B.C.’s 1st case of COVID-19 confirmed a year ago today

Here’s a look at some of the key dates in the province’s fight against the novel coronavirus

Grade 6 class students at Watson Road Elementary had an opportunity to learn about woodworking by building their own toolboxes. (Contributed)
Toolbox project rewarding for Central Okanagan students

Initiative benefits high school and elementary school classes

Crown prosecutors have stayed attempted murder charges against Kelowna’s Jesse Pez. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Man accused in Kelowna Halloween stabbing has attempted murder charge stayed

The Crown only proceeds with charges when evidence provides ‘a substantial likelihood of conviction’

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

Sooke’s Amy McLaughlin holds Theodore, a bunny who will be going to a new owner in Nanaimo within the coming days if all goes will at an upcoming bunny play-date. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Vancouver Island woman looking to hop into bigger space for bunny rescue operation

Amy McLaughlin has rescued more than 400 bunnies, pushing for the capacity to help more

Grad student Marisa Harrington and her supervisor Lynneth Stuart-Hill say preliminary results from a study into the affects of stress on hospital nurses show an impact on sleep and heart variability. (Courtesy of Marisa Harrington)
University of Victoria study shows stress impact on B.C. nurses

Stress may be impacting sleep, heart health of hospital nurses in Victoria region

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

Summerland’s second hospital was built in 1914. The land, known as Hospital Hill, was donated by the Summerland Development. At the time, the cost of the hospital was $5,996. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum.)
Summerland hospital served community during previous pandemic

Hospital, constructed n 1914, was in use during the 1918 Spanish flu

RCMP released this photo on Jan. 27, 2021 of Terrance Jones, 40, a Caucasian man with a closely shaved head, brown eyes, dirty blonde or brown hair, and a thin mustache and beard. The inside of his right arm is covered in tattoos, including one of a face. (Kamloops RCMP photo)
RCMP want public’s help to locate Shuswap man wanted on charge of attempted murder

Sicamous man was arrested previously on Jan. 11 for allegedly breaching conditions of release

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read