Ranger prospect Evgeni Grachev scored each of the Brampton Battalion’s four goals on Sunday as the Troops tied a club record by earning their 14th straight victory, 4-2 over the Ottawa 67’s. Grachev’s four goals ties a mark reached by seven players in club history, a group which includes teammate Cody Hodgson, the 10th overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in last June’s NHL Entry Draft, who attained the feat just 10 days earlier. Grachev is the first import player to hit the mark for the Battalion.
A full game wrap is available from the Battalion web site, which also notes that Grachev will play in both OHL games in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge, Nov. 20th in Guelph and 24th in St. Catherines, contradicting what Russian team coach Sergei Nemchinov told Championat.ru last week.
UPDATE: In an interview for TV channel Sport on Sunday (as reported by Allhockey.ru) Nemchinov updated the roster status for the Canada Russia Challenge for the Russian players who are playing in North American this season: “The hockey players playing in the Canadian hockey league will still play with us: three players in the first three matches – they are [Dmitri] Kugryshev, [Sergei] Ostapchuk, [Dmitri] Kulikov, and maybe [Yuri] Cheremetiev. [Andrei] Loktionov, Grachev, [Sergei] Korostin will play against the team from the Ontario junior league. If we can solve the problem of insurance then [Nikita] Filatov, [Maxim] Mayorov and [Viatcheslav] Voynov will join us. So the roster shapes up well.”
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