Ontario is 3 games into the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge and London Knights forward Mitchell Marner recorded his second hattrick but it wasn't enough as Ontario dropped its first game of the tournament in a shootout by a score of 6-5 to Russia.
Russia would open the scoring midway through the first period as Ivan Emets scored his second goal of the tournament. Dmitry Zhukenov drew the lone assist. Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) would even the score with his third of the tournament at the 16:36 mark. Graham Knott (Niagara Ice Dogs) assisted. Ontario would outshoot Russia 18-10 in the period.
The shots were closer in the second as Russia outshot Ontario 12-11 but it was all Russia where it mattered most - on the scoreboard.
With 5:29 gone in the period Artur Tyanulin got Russia rolling with his 4th of the tournament from Denis Gurianov. Denis Alekseev and Aleksandr Zhebelev would set up Ivan Kashtanov first of the tournament to give Russia a 2 goal lead at 13:53 of the middle frame.
With 1:57 remaining in the period, Russia would score its only powerplay goal of the game as Danila Kvartalnov would also notch his first of the Tournament to put Russia ahead by three. Tyanulin earned his second assist of the game on the goal.
Ontario began to mount its comeback as Marner scored his first of the night just 30 seconds in from Strome and Knott. Just 43 seconds later Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves) scored his first to pull Ontario within 1. Sam Harding (Oshawa Generals) assisted. Denis Gurianov scored an unassisted marker at the 14:00 mark to restore a two goal lead.
Marner would score his second of the knight from Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion) just 48 seconds later. With 1:38 remaining in regulation Jakob Chychrun (Toronto Jr Canadiens) would set up Marner for his third of the game and sixth of the tournament to send the game into overtime.
Overtime would solve nothing and Russia went on to win the shootout.
Ontario would outshoot Russia in the game 36-33. Ontario finished their powerplay going 1 for 7 while Russia was 1-5.
Troy Timpano (Sudbury Wolves) played the first two periods in goal for Ontario and gave up 4 goals on 22 shots. He was replaced to start the third by Ben Blacker (Milton - OJHL) who faced 11 shots and giving up 1 goal.
The win leaves Russia two points behind Ontario for second in Group B .Both team finish their preliminary round schedules Thursday. Russia takes on Atlantic in the early game while Ontario plays the United States in the evening (7 p.m. AT).