Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-15-12
Russia 5 @ Team WHL 2
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Series totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%
Russia finished the Subway Super Series with a record of 3-2-0-1 after defeating the WHL, 5-2, on Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. Top Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy served as backup to Andrei Makarov, who started his second game in a row for Russia. He took a shutout into the shootout in Russia's first game against the WHL.
Russia wanted to bring over a strong representation this year in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. It's safe to say they succeeded, as they won the series for the first time.
Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov (pictured), an alternate captain for Russia, played in all six games and was an effective presence in all three zones. He finished scoreless with an even rating. Last year he had two assists in five series games.
While Andrei Vasilevskiy's totals aren't eye-popping, he was Player of the Game for Russia in two of his three starts.
Nesterov, Vasilevskiy, and Nikita Kucherov (not on Super Series roster due to injury) are considered near locks to make Russia's WJC squad. Sergeev and Nikita Gusev were on the team last year, so they could be candidates if eligible. Tanner Richard will be on the Swiss club, and Koekkoek and Paquette are hoping for invitations to Canada's evaluation camp in December.