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Canada takes 2-0 lead in Super Series

Wednesday, 08.29.2007 / 1:27 PM / News
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Canada takes 2-0 lead in Super Series\r\n
UFA, Russia (CP) - It was Ufa down and Omsk to go for Canada's junior hockey team that shut out host Russia 3-0 on Wednesday in Game 2 of their Super Series.

Canada owns a 2-0 lead in the eight-game series after opening with a 4-2 win on Monday.

David Perron of the Lewiston Maineiacs, Kyle Turris of the Burnaby Express and Stefan Legein of the Niagara Falls IceDogs scored for Canada. It was the second goal in as many games for Turris and Legein.

"Now we've kind of got them on their heels," said Legein. "We've got to keep our foot on the gas."

The Canadians had excellent goaltending for the second game in a row. Lewiston's Jonathan Bernier earned the shutout.

Games 3 and 4 of the series are Friday and Saturday in Omsk. The Canadian team has a two-hour flight to Omsk on Thursday.

The Canadian leg opens in Winnipeg next Tuesday with the rest of the games in Saskatoon on Sept. 5, Red Deer, Alta., on Sept. 7 and Vancouver on Sept. 9.

This series celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. Canada won Game 2 of that series 4-1 in Toronto to even the series 1-1.

It was a full house again at Ufa's new arena Wednesday, although there were a few more empty seats than there had been for Monday's opener, which Canada won 4-2.

The humidity in the building created ice-level fog that thickened in the second period.

Both teams went for short skates around their own ends in the second and third periods to try and disperse the mist.

"The heat isn't that bad, but today there was just so much fog out there," said Legein. "There were times you couldn't even see the puck in your own feet. Both teams had to play in it, so you can't really complain about it."

The Canadians cut down on their penalties from the series opener in which they were short-handed 14 times.

But special teams were again difference in the game as Canada continued to hold the Russians scoreless a man-up while scoring their first goal of the game on the power play.

Russia went 0-for-5 in the game and is 0-for-19 in the series.

Even-strength, the Canadians gave the Russians little time and space through the middle and forced them to pass and shoot from the outside lanes.

"They're a really good team, they're really quick and they've got good hands so we're trying to keep them outside to the walls," said Legein. "If we can do that I think we can limit their scoring chances."

Perron scored a hard-working goal for Canada's third of the game at 18:01 of the third period.

He drove in from the wing, shook off Russian defender Alexei Grishin and put the puck off Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and into the net.

Brandon Sutter fed Legein from behind the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick beat Bobrovsky glove side at 19:10 of the second period to make it 2-0.

Turris, the third overall pick in this year's NHL draft and the first Canadian taken, scored a power-play goal at 14:42 of the first period.

Perron was left unchallenged beside Bobrovsky and the Lewiston Maineiacs forward fed Turris coming into the slot. Turris backhanded the puck upstairs to give Canada a 1-0 lead.

Wednesday' game was Bernier's first since he was forced out of May's Memorial Cup tiebreaker game with a sprained ankle which kept him off the ice for six weeks.

Notes - Canada's scratches Wednesday were goaltender Steve Mason, defenceman Josh Godfrey and forward Zach Hamill ... Leland Irving of the Everett Silvertips will get his turn to start in net for Canada in Game 3.
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