This was a really important game for Laurent Brossoit, not in the sense that the Canada-Russia Super Series was tied 2-2 coming in, but in the sense that, since the WHL Championship game, "LB" had yet to recover his form after a dominant Western League playoff performance last season. Brossoit got into the game early with a couple of good low pad saves, moving well, and looking calmer than his opposite at the other end even in a 0-0 game, which the WHL won 1-0 after a five-man shootout.
Playing in his hometown, the Calgary Flames prospect got some legitimate action in the second period, stopping a clear breakaway from Evgeni Mozer, and responding a few minutes later with another low pad save on a point-blank slapshot by Andrei Sigarev, whose line with Alexander Khokhlachev and Nail Yakupov were oddly quiet.
Brossoit faced fewer shots than his Russian counterpart, but looked the part and not battling the puck like he has since the start of this season and stopped all 30 attempts he faced in regulation, and all three he faced in the shootout, including a pretty glove save on Vladimir Tkachev.
No. 2 Star - Andrey Makarov, Team Russia (Saskatoon Blades)
Another WHL goaltender who has had a less than stellar start with the Saskatoon Blades, Makarov responded in kind to Brossoit's performance, although it wasn't pretty. The WHL's book on him, keep shots low and to his left pad, evidently, resulted in shots being fired wide as Makarov challenged foes with a particularly aggressive style. He also earned the regulation shutout, stopping 35-of-35.Read More »from Goalies shine in Super Series’ scoreless regulation tie: 3 Stars