Prior to the 2015 Junior Club World Cup, the Chicago Steel representing the USHL had the opportunity to play an exhibition game against Russia's famed "Red Army" CSKA Red Stars U20 team.
Red Stars took an early lead in the game, but Chicago came back with a few gold opportunities including a Marcel Godbout breakaway that went off the crossbar. It wasn't until the third period that Chicago was able to find the back of the net. The Steel's goal put the Red Stars on their heals the remainder of the third period, but were unable to score against a talented Red Stars team that featured two current KHL players.
Chicago rotated goaltenders John Lethemon, Kris Carlson and Daniel Vladar throughout the game. All three goaltenders were solid in net and provided game-changing saves on a number of breakaways and power plays.
The Steel traveled to Yekaterinburg after the match and will play next on Monday, August 24th at 7:00 PM (9:00 AM CT) vs. Snezhnye Barsy from Kazakhstan.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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