|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
Moose Jaw Warrior Morgan Rielly and team Canada opened the Canada-Russia Challenge with a 3-2 win in Yaroslavl, Russia. The first period was a tight contest with Canada holding a 9-4 advantage in shots however the game remained scoreless.
In the second period Ottawa 67 Sean Monahan put Canada up 1-0 at 4:08 with a power play goal assisted by Rielly. Just less than two minutes later London Knight blue liner made it a 2-0 lead on a marker assisted by Florida Panther 2011 first round pick Jonathan Huberdeau. Russia was able to respond at 8:01 of the second on a goal from Anton Slepyshev. Holding a narrow lead in the middle frame Boston Bruins 2011 first round pick Dougie Hamilton scored on the power play to make it 3-1 Canada.
In the final period the Russians didn’t make it easy on the Canadians outshooting them 12-9, and at 14:01 Nail Yakupov, who was the first overall pick in 2012, was able to pull Russia back to within one. With the game winding down Belleville Bull goalie Malcolm Subban kept Canada on top, eventually leading them to the one goal win, Subban finished with 19 saves on 21 shots.
Rielly’s second period assist was the only point recorded by a WHL player; Saskatoon Blade Lukas Sutter and Ty Rattie both picked up minor penalties. Canada’s power play was the difference, the connected on two of five opportunities while Russia was 1-for-5 on the man advantage.
This is a four game series between the two old hockey rivals, Hockey Canada is using it to identify potential players for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Russia, as well, and it comes on the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.
The second game of the series will be played Friday, 8am, in Yaroslavl, Russia, the teams will take have the weekend off to travel across the Atlantic for games in Halifax, Nova Scotia Monday and Tuesday.