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by George Malik on 11/26/13 at 01:17 AM ET
The Russians tend not to send their best Major Junior prospects across the pond for the CHL's Subway Super Series, and as such, it's something of a toss-up as to whether the six-game battle between the Russian major-junior-aged representatives and a trio of QMJHL, OHL and WHL All-Star teams are competitive or whether they're something of a rout.
This year's a little different. Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha scored goals in the QMJHL's 3-2 and 4-3 wins over Russia, but what is supposedly a very middling Russian lineup has turned the tables on the Ontario Hockey League, first taking a 5-2 decision over the OHL team that included Zach Nastasiuk last Thursday.
On Monday, Red Wings prospect and prospective Canadian World Junior Team starting goalie Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots but was bested by his Russian goaltending competitor, Ivan Nalimov. Nalimov stopped 50 of 52 shots in regulation and OT and stopped 7 shootout shooters to Paterson's 6 of 8 as the Russians won 3-2 in a shootout.
Sportsnet posted a highlight clip from the game:
Paterson himself chimed in:
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