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Lipanov lining up for Russians in Owen Sound

Russian forward Alexey Lipanov, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, is shown during practice at the Barrie Molson Centre. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Russian forward Alexey Lipanov, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, is shown during practice at the Barrie Molson Centre. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

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Barrie Colts forward Alexey Lipanov will suit up for Team Russia on Thursday night in Owen Sound for Game 3 of the six-game 2017 Canada-Russia Series at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

Puck-drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The event is an annual tournament that features top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League against some of the top junior Russian players.

Many players on both sides are candidates to take part in the World Junior Hockey Championships, which begin in late December. This year’s tournament, which will be played in Buffalo, N.Y., kicks off Dec. 26.

Lipanov, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, is the second-leading scorer on the Colts this season with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 16 games.

Andrei Svechnikov, Lipanov’s Colts teammate, should have been a lock to play for Team Russia, but hand surgery scuttled the idea.

Suiting up for Team OHL will be Barrie native Jacob Ingham, a 17-year-old goaltender for the Mississauga Steelheads, who is one of two netminders for the Owen Sound game. He has been paired with Dylan Wells from the Peterborough Petes.

For game in Sudbury on Monday, Midhurst native and Sudbury Wolves forward Macauley Carson will dress for his home-team crowd, alongside Soo Greyhounds forward and former Barrie Colts ‘AAA’star Morgan Frost.

The Canada-Russia series opened on Monday night with Team WHL blanking the Russians, 7-0. Carter Hart earned the shutout stopping

all 20 shots he faced, while the offence was led by Kole Lind, who had two goals and an assist.

Cody Glass, Dillon Dube and Brett Howden all had a goal and an

assist, while Matthew Phillips and Tyler Steenbergen also scored.

Kale Clague picked up three assists in the win.

Vladislav Sukhachev started in goal for Russia, allowing five goals on 26 shots. Alexey Melnichuk stopped five of seven shots in relief.

Game 2 of the series was Tuesday night in Swift Current, Sask., with the Russians skating to a 4-3 win. Team WHL jumped out to a 3-0 before the Russians stormed back with four unanswered goals.

After Thursday night’s game in Owen Sound, the teams will play Game 4 in Sudbury on Monday, before the QMJHL games in Charlottetown, PEI, on Nov. 14 and Moncton, N.B., on Nov. 16.