Delta Hockey Academy alumni Ty Smith thrived in familiar territory but it wasn’t enough to hold off Russia on Tuesday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The standout defenceman, who was selected 17th overall in last June’s NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey, had Canada’s only goal in a 3-1 loss in game two of2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series before over 4,100 fans.
Smith gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the opening period when his shot from the left point snuck through traffic. Russia pulled even in the final minute and the game remained deadlocked until the third. Stepan Starkov notched the winner on a power play with under two minutes remaining. An empty netter sealed the outcome.
Vancouver Giants goaltender David Tendeck was named player fo the game for Canada, stopping 25 shots.
Canada had opened the six game series with a 2-1 win on Monday night in Kamloops. Russia will now play the remaining four games against regional teams from the Ontario and Quebec junior league, starting Thursday in Sarnia, ON.
Smith, a native of Alberta, enjoyed an outstanding season captaining the DHA Bantam Prep team during the 2014-15 campaign, culminating with the Spokane Chiefs making him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He returned to his hometown of Lloydminster to play one season of midget before embarking on his junior career.