Subban, Zharkov winners on WednesdayDec 26, 2012 - 21:39 GMT
Written By: Sweetland, Josh
Photo Credit: Andre Ringuette/HHOF
UFA, RUSSIA - A pair of Bulls were successful in their IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship debuts on Wednesday in Russia. Malcolm Subban and Daniil Zharkov each played important roles in the victories of their respective clubs as Canada defeated Germany 9-3 while Russia had a close call in a 3-2 overtime win against Slovakia.
Subban got the start in goal for Canada as captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put together a five point outing, netting a goal and four assists. Teammate Jonathan Huberdeau contributed a goal and two assists of his own. Subban turned aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced to give Canada a 1-0 record. Canada faces Slovakia on Friday at 4:30AM ET.
Daniil Zharkov was a physical force for Team Russia as Team Slovakia nearly snuck past them before defenceman Albert Yarullin collected the overtime winner with ten seconds remaining in overtime. Slovakian goaltender Adam Nagy played a big part in earning his team a point, making 24 saves in the loss. While Canada picked up three points in their victory, the Russians come away with just two due to the overtime verdict. Zharkov and the Russians face Team USA at 9:00AM ET on Friday morning.