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Canada looks to close out Canada-Russia Challenge with win

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TSN.ca Staff
8/14/2012 10:12:59 AM
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Team Canada looks to end things on a winning note in Halifax tonight when they face Russia in the final game of the Canada-Russia Challenge.

You can watch it live at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt on TSN and TSN Mobile TV. You can also talk hockey and get updates with TSN.ca's Live Game blog.

The Canadians pulled out an opening 3-2 victory in Yaroslavl, Russia on Thursday but have gone on to lose the next two games by scores of 6-3 and 6-5.

Starting goaltender Laurent Brossoit took full responsibility for Monday night's loss. "The team needs a goaltender out there and they didn't really have one tonight," he said. "We needed a couple saves that's the bottom line. Even one more save, put it to OT, just to give the team another chance."

Head coach Steve Spott expressed some sympathy for Brossoit, noting he was unlucky on a couple of the goals. But the coach also added, "Ultimately this is an evaluation and we allowed six goals tonight."
 
Malcolm Subban, the Belleville Bulls netminder who was drafted in June by the Boston Bruins, will start again in Game 4. 

With the two-team showdown wrapping up, Canada's lineup will be filled in with last year's World Junior returnees while Brossoit, Cody Ceci, Brendan Leipsic, Griffin Reinhart, Kevin Roy and Lukas Sutter have all been scratched for the final game.

Forward Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's, the youngest player on the team who's draft eligible next June, is the only Canadian with two goals. 

Mark Scheifele, who has dressed in every game but missed most of Game 2 due to an ejection, has yet to score. Neither has Boone Jenner, another returning player.

"We've got some guys that have put up big numbers in the CHL that haven't been on the board here yet and we're three games in," Spott said. "Those kids are going to have to find their offensive touch."

Canadian lineup for Game 4:

FORWARDS

Huberdeau-Strome-Lessio
Monahan-Scheifele-Rattie
Di Giuseppe-Danault-Hudon
Shinkaruk-Jenner-Wilson

DEFENCE

Ouellett-Harrington
Pelech-Dumba
Rielly-Hamilton
Murray-Murphy

GOALTENDERS

Subban (starts)
Lagace



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