The Western Hockey League beat Russia 2-1 on Wednesday in the fifth game of the 2019 CIBC Canada/Russia hockey series from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With the win, teams from the Canadian Hockey League have taken a 3-2 lead in the six game series.
The WHL’s win over Russia on Wednesday was dramatic. With 22 seconds left in the third period and Russia leading 1-0, Vancouver Giants defenseman Bowen Byram of Cranbrook, British Columbia scored the game tying goal from Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon and Kelowna Rockets left winger Nolan Foote of Kelowna, British Columbia.
Then in overtime, Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Calen Addison of Brandon, Manitoba scored the game winning goal at 2:04 of the extra period from Byram and Saskatoon Blades goaltender Nolan Maier of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Byram, Cozens, Foote and Addison are all drafted in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Byram was the first round pick, fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Cozens was the first round pick, seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Foote was the first round pick, 27th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Addison was the second round draft pick, 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The final game of the six game series will take place on Thursday from the Art Hauser Arena in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.