WHL All-Stars 5 vs. Russia 7
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 2-1-3, +5, 2 PIM (hooking)
Series totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, 2 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Series totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, 2 PIM
Kucherov and Russia finished with a bang to tie the overall Superseries between CHL teams and Russia 3-3. The Russians were down 4-2 and 5-3 at different points in the game before they came roaring back. Kucherov's second goal came on a "beauty of a breakaway" as one reporter put it. Nikita Gusev, the undrafted pint-sized scoring star who is a teammate of Kucherov's for CSKA's junior team, was player of the match for Russia with a goal, two assists, and a plus-5 rating. Kucherov finishes the series against Canada's best junior competition at more than a point per game. While defense takes a back seat in these series, it is still encouraging that he can score with the best of his age group.