Team OHL and Team Russia clashed in front of a packed Sudbury Community Arena on Nov. 13, as the the Nickel City played host to game four of the Canada Russia series.
Team OHL came out on top in the game to level the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win.
The arena was buzzing early when the Owen Sound Attack's Nick Suzuki put the OHL team on top on the power play just three minutes into the game, with Soo Greyhounds defenceman Conor Timmins getting the assist.
Andrey Altybarmakyan would answer for the Russians three minutes later and the back and forth action continued throughout the first with the teams trading chances until the buzzer sounded.
Team OHL out-shot Russia 13-12 in a fast-paced and physical first period.
Sudbury Wolves forwards Macauley Carson and Dmitry Sokolov suited up for Team OHL and Team Russia respectively. Early bragging rights went to Sokolov as he potted the second goal for Team Russia, midway through the second period to put his team up 2-1.
Suzuki and Timmins would connect again for the OHL team, once more on the powerplay, but this time with Suzuki returning the favour from the first period, setting up Timmins to knot the score at 2-2.
That's where the score would stay for the remainder of the second, with Team OHL getting the better of the shot count, firing 14 pucks on net to Team Russia's seven and bringing the total to 27-19.
Team OHL was able to break through early in the third as Suzuki and Timmins were back at it again, with the pair each recording their third points of the night on Suzuki's second goal to make it 3-2.
Kevin Bahl would add a fourth for the OHL just 30 seconds later to open up a two-goal lead.
The OHL boys would ride that 4-2 lead to the finish line, stifling the Russians for the final 20 minutes en route to a 4-2 final score.
The series now moves east to the Maritimes where Russia will take on Team QMJHL in Charlottetown, PEI and Moncton, NB.