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Igor Ustinski spurs Russia to its first win over Team OHL: Super Series 3 Stars

No.1 overall pick Nail Yakupov was quiet in Game 3, but Russia won (The Canadian Press)

Buzzing The Net's 3 Stars from Game 3 of the Subway Super Series, where two goals 24 seconds apart late in the third period lifted Russia to its first win in 19 tries against Team OHL:

No. 1 star: Igor Ustinski, Team Russia

Ustinski capped a brilliant night and preserved the Russians' 2-1 victory over Team OHL with back-to-back saves in the final three minutes. Returning Team Canada forward Boone Jenner was set up from close range and Ustinski came out to challenge to make the save, then slid left to deny Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo moments later. The 5-foot-10 goalie who plays for Magnitogorsk helped keep Russia, which had tired legs after playing on Wednesday, play a bit of a rope-a-dope game (nine shots through the opening 40 minutes). That bought time for them Anton Shenfeld and Maxim Shalunov each scored off the rush to give Russia a breakthrough win.

The 18-year-old Ustinski's 23-save night showed he has a case to be drafted, despite his diminutive stature. With the win, Russia takes a 6-3 points lead into Game 4 on Monday at Sarnia.

No. 2 star: Anton Shenfeld, Team Russia

Shenfeld, who also plays for Magnitogorsk, stunned the Ontarians and the Sleeman Centre-record crowd of 5,048 with his tying goal with 7:29 left. Russia came alive early in the third period, forcing goalie Jordan Binnington to make three impressive saves, but there was still a good possiblity that Team OHL could get out of dodge with the victory. That is, until Shenfeld got a pass from Yaroslav Kosov, made an outside-in to feint by Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder Slater Koekkoek and ripped a shot over Binnington's blocker-side shoulder. Binnington had no chance on that, but seemed to be caught off-guard on the next Russian rush when Shalunov snuck a quick shot through his five-hole.

No. 3 star: Sean Monahan, Team OHL

Monahan exhibited his Mensa-level hockey IQ on Team OHL's lone goal, a short-hander by his Ottawa 67's teammate Tyler Graovac. With Russia breaking out on the power play, Monahan gulled Andrei Mironov into making a lazy pass that he batted down, retrieved and then centred to Graovac, who popped the water bottle behind Ustinski with a backhand deke. Monahan also drew a couple penalties, although Team OHL obviously did not capitalize on the power play.

Speaking of future NHL lottery picks, 15-year-old Connor McDavid did have one good scoring chance early in the contest. He also barely missed setting up Monahan in the second period.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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