Three games are now in the books at the Regional Centre Cup. The Russian Junior Select Red Stars are proving to be far away the class of the tournament.
They improved to 2-0 for a total of 6 points under IIHF rules with their wins over Canada and then a 12-1 trouncing of Slovakia in the first game to be played on Saturday. The two teams were tied at one in the first period. And then the Red Stars took over scoring 11 unanswered goals.
Of the three games I have seen them play including the exhibition game vs. Canada on Wednesday, they have now outscored their opposition 27-5. No one should be surprised by the results as they are a team that has older, bigger and stronger players than the other three teams participating.
The second game yesterday between the Russian National team and Slovakia was very entertaining. It was a back and forth affair that saw Slovakia jump out to a 3-1 second period lead only to see Russia come back and tie it before the period was done.
Slovakia re-took the lead in the third only to see Russia tie it again and force overtime.
Russia did have a powerplay in the overtime but weren't able to take advantage. Russia outscored Slovakia 2-1 in the best of three shootout to win 5-4.