Big news of the week is that Danila Zhuravlyov has been selected by the Russian National Team to head to North America and participate in the CHL Canada Russia Series. This select group of Russians will compete in two games with each league in the CHL against top level Canadians from the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. Zhuravlyov has been playing all season thus far in the VHL for Bars, which is the equivalent of an AHL affiliate for Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL. Zhuravlyov does not have any points in 17 games so this will be a welcome break for him to play a bigger offensive role. The six-game series kicks off on November 5th in Kamloops (WHL) and continues through November 15th in Drummondville (QMJHL).
Additionally, Nikolai Kovalenko has been named to the team Russia roster for the Four Nations U20 tournament which will be hosted by the Czech team from November 9-11th. Sweden and Finland will join as well and Justus Annunen is one of the two goaltenders for team Finland. Like the Canada Russia Series, this is also a warm-up event/evaluation camp for the eventual World Junior Championship team selection but is less of a disruption for those playing professional in Europe than the two-week long tournament in Canada.
Brandon Saigeon experienced a milestone this week playing in his 250th career OHL game. He celebrated by scoring two goals including one shorthanded seen below in a 6-3 loss for Hamilton against Oshawa. Saigeon also had six shots on goal and was named second star. He’s currently tied for top three in OHL scoring with 25 points including nine goals in 15 games.
🚨 BULLDOGS GOAL! 🚨
🚨: Brandon Saigeon (unassisted)
— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) October 26, 2018
Denis Smirnov scored the first goal of his junior season for Penn State in a 4-2 win over Princeton. As seen below he gets a great feed off of a stretch pass and makes the goaltender pay. Penn State boasts an undefeated record after five games and sits currently ranked at sixth on the USCHO poll.
— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 27, 2018
As for the Colorado Eagles, they experienced a less successful weekend in Iowa. Igor Shvyrev continued his third period magic by starting this play as seen below which led to a game-tying goal from Cody Bass and also assisted by Mark Alt. The Eagles would take the lead and give up another goal before taking a faceoff violation penalty in the last minute of the game and promptly lose 6-5 in overtime. The 55 (!) shot effort was a mostly entertaining game with a lot of sloppy play and defensive breakdowns.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) October 27, 2018
The Eagles tightened things up on the offensive side the following night but did not find as much success on the scoresheet. Sheldon Dries scored his first goal for the organization with this great individual effort but unfortunately that was the only score for Colorado as they fell 6-1 and gave the weekend sweep to Iowa. The defensive breakdowns continued and were exacerbated by losing Alt in the first period. On the positive side, Martin Kaut showed his poise and polish throughout the weekend when things were a struggle around him. He was involved in two of the scoring plays in the first game and could have easily earned points on them. His progress may not be visible in the boxscore but it’s tangible on ice.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) October 28, 2018
Credit Colorado Eagles for the photo