December 14, 2017 at 2:24 am #3034
Matt Frattin scored the game opening goal and Ben Scrivens backstopped a 4 2 victory on Wednesday.
No Ron Hainsey Jersey, this is not a flashback to a 2012 Toronto Maple Leafs contest. Instead, the pair of ex Leafs helped lead Canada to the win over South Korea in the opening game of the Channel One Cup, a pre Olympics tournament taking place in Moscow.
Canada s roster is filled with former National Hockey League players, like Frattin and Scrivens https://www.tormapleleafsfans.com/mitchell-marner-jersey-c-15.html, hoping to represent their country in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang with current NHLers not allowed to participate.
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Frattin opened the scoring just 2 57 into the game before South Korea responded with a pair of first period goals, shockingly putting Canada in a 2 1 hole.
A power play goal by Marc Andre Gragnani, a defenseman that last played in the NHL during the 2015 16 season, tied the game at 10 19 of the second period. Less than two minutes later Wojtek Wolski gave Canada a 3 2 lead , one it would not relinquish.
Wolski https://www.tormapleleafsfans.com/josh-leivo-jersey-c-17.html, a former first round draft pick with 99 goals in 451 NHL games, has 28 points in 32 games this season in the KHL, one year after breaking his neck in a frightening on ice accident. He is tied with Frattin and several others for 24th overall in the KHL s scoring race.
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Canada finally iced the game when Quinton Howden, another former National Hockey League forward playing in the KHL, scored into the empty net in the final seconds of play.
Outshot by a whopping 57 10, South Korea stayed close thanks to the goaltending of Canadian born Matthew Dalton, who faced 23 shots in the first period, 22 in the second and another 11 in the third before the empty netter.
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Scrivens only had to make two saves in the final period and just eight the entire game. The former Leafs and Oilers goalie has 19 wins and a 2.22 GAA in 32 games in the KHL this season.
Canada returns to action in the second of their three round robin games on Friday, facing the Czech Republic.
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