The Canada – Russia Challenge came down to a sudden death over time last night. Canada tied the four game series 2-2 with a 4-2 win in regulation. Since it’s an even four-game set, the tie-breaking procedure is an overtime immediately following regulation. The Islanders’ own Ryan Strome scored at 3:20 of OT to give Canada the series win. You can check out video of Strome’s goal on the TSN website.
After some great work by Xavier Ouellet to keep the puck in the Russian zone, Strome took a pass and fired a wristshot past Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski.
“I like that pull-and-drag shot, I’ve scored a few like that before,” said Strome, a scoring star with the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs. “I saw a little bit of the mesh and put it on net and, luckily, it went in.”
Canadian teammate Mark Scheifele, who plays for the Barrie Colts of the OHL and is a prospect with the Winnipeg Jets, has seen the move a few times.
“That’s going to probably stick in my mind for a long time,” Scheifele said of Strome’s series clincher. “He’s a great player he really helped us get over that hump. He’s got an unbelievable shot and unbelievable moves.”