Congrats to Graham Black and Adam Lowry on getting a chance to suit up for Team WHL in Game 5 of the Subway Super Series last night. I thought both had very solid games as Team WHL won 1-0 in the shootout to give the CHL a 3-2 lead in the series.
Lowry was in the starting lineup and played in every situation. He was on both top penalty kill and second power play units for Team WHL. Lowry made an impression early as he and Raiders forward Mark McNeill hit Russian star Nail Yakupov at the same time. The Sportsnet broadcast crew commented often on how Lowry was mixing it up in the corners and in front of the net. He played the body and brought his style of game in a tight checking battle. He also had a couple of good chances around the net.
Lowry’s size and physicality in a top six role could make him someone Hockey Canada is paying attention to for the World Juniors. They might benefit from that hard-nosed style in a lineup that is usually filled with skill players. Lowry can also score, but those other elements of his game could help him stand out. Now he has a chance to keep showing that as captain of Team WHL in his father Dave’s new home of Victoria tonight.
As for Black, it seemed like the broadcast crew was almost surprised by Black’s speed and tenacity. He is deceptively fast and even against a team that skates as well as the Russians he was able to jump on them to create some turnovers. Black also really battles hard for pucks and helped his line create some noise in the offensive zone. He had a good rush in the first period as Ryan Murray fed him the puck and Black cut from the outside before driving the net. Give that he has been battling illness all year and just got over a flu it’s impressive to watch him bring it every night.
There obviously wasn’t a lot of scoring in the game as both goaltenders played very well. It will be interesting to see if things open up tonight in Victoria. Either way both guys are really representing the Broncos well and it will be good to see Lowry in the spotlight wearing the ‘C’ for Game 6. You can watch it at 9pm on Sportsnet One.
Here is my article from Swift Current Online:
Swift Current Broncos forwards Adam Lowry and Graham Black were in the thick of the battle as Team WHL beat Team Russia 1-0 in a shootout in Vancouver on Wednesday.
The two teams meet again Thursday night in Victoria for Game 6 of the Subway Super Series. After Wednesday’s win, Canadian Hockey League teams lead the series 3 games to 2.
Laurent Brossoit and Andrey Makarov made a combined 65 saves as neither team was able to find the net in Game 5. Both men are WHL goalies as Brossoit plays for the Oil Kings with Makarov guards the net for Saskatoon.
Hunter Shinkaruk, Mark McNeill and Sam Reinhart scored for Team WHL in the shootout. The Russians were completely shutout.
Lowry played both penalty kill and power play for Team WHL and will captain the squad in Victoria. Black will also play his second game of the series on Thursday.
“Got the nerves out tonight,” Black said on Twitter after Game 5. “Looking forward to tomorrow.”
Former NHLer and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro complimented Lowry’s Game 5 on Twitter: “Been good tonight, physical, on the puck… good forechecker.”
You can see Game 6 on Sportsnet One at 9:00pm.
Both players will rejoin the Broncos for Saturday’s game in Red Deer. It will be the first game for the Rebels after they fired Coach Jesse Wallin. Owner/GM Brent Sutter will replace Wallin behind the bench.