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VANCOUVER -- Laurent Brossoit has returned to the form that won the Edmonton Oil Kings the Western Hockey League championship last season. And that was bad news for Team Russia. Brossoit stopped 30 shots and all three shooters in the shootout to lead the WHL all-stars to a 1-0 win over the Nail Yakupov-led Russians on Wednesday in the fifth game of the Subway Super Series. Brossoit stopped each of the Russian shooters in the shootout, including Yakupov, last summers first-overall draft choice by the Edmonton Oilers. He came in slowly but it didnt fool the 19-year-old netminder. "I had no idea what he was going to do," said Brossoit. "Ive never seen them, especially in a shootout. When he came down slow it was different, and I knew he had a lot of skill so I just made sure I watched the puck and I was lucky enough to get my stick on it." Brossoit, a Calgary Flames draft choice, hails from Surrey, B.C, not far from the Pacific Coliseum. After a tough start to this WHL season he has been hot the last couple weeks heading into this series. "Im feeling way better than I was at the start of the season," said Brossoit. "I didnt get off, statistically, to the start I wanted to." Brossoits past experience and his recent play was the reason he got the nod to start over Eric Comrie, not just because of Brossoits connection to the Vancouver area. "Hes got experience at the international level and is on the radar for the national team," said WHL head coach Don Nachbaur. "He deserved the chance to be in the net and didnt disappoint." "It was a perfect game for me," said Brossoit. "Im hoping to continue that for tomorrow." Hunter Shinkaruk, Mark McNeill and Sam Reinhart scored in the shootout. "We knew how much speed and skill they had and they showed that all night, especially in the second period," said Reinhart. "Both goalies played great and it was just a fun game all around." Though Shinkaruks goal was technically the winner, it was Reinhart that ended the shootout with the third tally, dekeing goaltender Andrei Makarov and sliding it around his pad. "Its the only move I ever really do," said Reinhart. Makarov made 35 saves for Russia. Russia split the first four games of the Super Series, winning 6-2 and losing 5-2 to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and then swapping 2-1 victories with the Ontario Hockey League. The final game of the series is Thursday in Victoria. "To win the first one is behind us now," said Nachbaur. "Now we have a chance to win the series tomorrow." After not seeing a lot of quality shots in the first, Brossoit came up big in the second period when Evgeni Mozer got a breakaway before stymying him with a pad save. "The first period I felt a little bit sloppy, to be honest," said Brossoit. "I was glad that I got my feet under me and started watching the puck." The Team WHLs best second-period chance came with about six minutes to go in the period when Reinhart intercepted a clearing attempt by the goaltender and quickly shot the puck from the side boards but Makarov got a piece of it to keep the game scoreless. "He misplayed the puck in the corner and I knew (Curtis Lazar) was going to the net and was pretty open," said Reinhart. "I didnt realize he went the backside around the net. It just missed and was too hard for Lazar to handle. Anytime you get an opportunity like that you definitely look to capitalize on it." The first opportunity to break the scoreless tie in the third came from Shinkaruk, the benefactor of a neutral zone turnover. However the Medicine Hat Tiger was robbed by Makarovs flashy glove save with 13 minutes to go in the third. Then the WHL squad got another odd-man rush off a turnover with 10 minutes to go. Mitch Holmberg was able to slide the puck over to Brady Brassart but he was unable to slip it through the legs of the Russian goalie. With 4:18 remaining in regulation the 11,124 fans at the Pacific Coliseum thought their home side had finally scored by the referee immediately called it off, saying it was re-directed by a high-stick. Yakupov, for all the fanfare, never got going in the game, being shadowed by defenceman like Ryan Murray. "We paired up a couple guys against Yakupov," said Nachbaur. "He didnt score so they obviously shut him down. Its not easy to do. If you fall asleep for a second and the next thing you know its in the back of your net. Our guys didnt fall asleep." www.authentic-saints.com/elite-brodrick-bunkley-saints-jersey/ . Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins dropped out of contention, finishing more than 3 1/2 minutes behind the main pack as he struggled with a cold. Cavendish clocked just over three hours along the 134-kilometre route from Longarone to Treviso, which started with a few hills and ended with a long, flat finish around a circuit. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-marques-colston-saints-jersey/ . While they posted the best Canadian results of the day, the two finishing ninth in their respective categories. Valois-Fortier was quite certain he had Sergiu Toma right where he wanted him in the middle of his second bout. http://www.authentic-saints.com/elite-mark-ingram-saints-jersey/. Benitez was punished for an "act of embellishment" in the 65th minute of FC Dallas 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-pierre-thomas-saints-jersey/ . Ask Erik Hamren. The rookie reliever limited the damage in a bases-loaded situation with a big strikeout of pinch-hitter Mike Stanton in the Padres 4-3 victory over the slumping Florida Marlins on Friday night. www.authentic-saints.com/elite-cameron-jordan-saints-jersey/ . PETERSBURG, Russia -- And now for the gold-medal match.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Doug Marrone rolls his eyes whenever someone mentions the importance of continuity. Thats a crutch the Buffalo Bills rookie head coach refuses to lean on when it comes to assembling an offensive line or most anything else for that matter. "Im not as sold as much on the continuity factor than what other people may be," said Marrone, a former offensive lineman. "When I hear a coach talk about continuity, the first thing I think of is: Excuse." Hell even use a profanity to get his point across for emphasis. Marrones not big on excuses of any kind in the face of adversity. Thats something that has been evident in the full-speed-ahead demeanour he has projected since being hired in January. In replacing Chan Gailey, Marrone became the latest in a long line of head coaches tasked with the responsibility of turning around a franchise that has spent much of the past 13 years lacking relevance. Adversity, Marrone understands, comes with the territory, and something hes encountered in previous jobs. He was an assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans, where the Saints went from "Aints" to contenders. Marrone spent the past four seasons at his alma mater in Syracuse, where he went 25-25 in returning pride to a program that had become a perennial loser. "Every place is different. But whats not different is how hard its going to be, and the many challenges youre going to have," Marrone said. "You know theres going to be challenges. And you know theres going to be probably more than you think when you come in." He wasnt kidding. The Bills have already endured their share of setbacks in preparing to open the season against New England on Sunday. Theyve had a revolving door at quarterback because of injuries. Veteran free-agent addition Kevin Kolb is out because of a season-ending concussion. And rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel missed two weeks of practice with a left knee injury before being cleared to start this week. The Bills are already missing starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore (broken hand). Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd might not be ready for the season because of a sore foot and the time hes lost due to a contract squabble. If thats not enough, Marrone had to scramble to sign kicker Dan Carpenter after rookie Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin Monday. Marrone has remained unfazed. "Id rather be hit with adversity and find out whos in and whos out," he said. The Bills are a major work in progress after going through a near top-to-bottom off-season transformation. It began on Jan. 1, when Russ Brandon was promoted to team president, gaining authority over the franchises daily operations. Doug Whaley took over as general manager after Buddy Nix stepped down in May. And then theres been host of roster changes, toppedd by the selection of Manuel with the 16th pick in the draft to address a position thats been unsettled since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season.dddddddddddd The changes are part of a concerted effort by Brandon, who opened the year by saying he will leave no stone unturned to repair what he called the Bills "tarnished relevancy." Buffalos 13-season playoff drought is the NFLs longest active streak. And the Bills have gone eight straight years without a winning record. "We cant change the past," Brandon said. "Ive been here, and I share (fans) frustrations. But our focus is on the future, moving forward and getting this right." It wont be easy. "Its not going to come without tough times and adversity," Brandon added. "But I have all the confidence in the world in the group that weve assembled here." Hiring Marrone was the first step, and one the Bills approached carefully. Too often in the past, the Bills have hired a coach and then built the team around that persons philosophy. This time, Brandon helped established a vision of what type of team the Bills should be, and then hired the coach to fit that approach. "I wanted a coach that was in lockstep with our thought process, rather than continually fit round holes into square pegs," Brandon said. "Coach Marrone, when we spoke to him numerous times, everything flowed exactly into what we were attempting to accomplish." Marrone won over the Bills brass in outlining a plan to introduce an aggressive, up-tempo and attacking style on both offence and defence. By starting anew and breaking from the past, Brandon believes the Bills can rebuild by having everyone working toward the same goal. "Were going to build this altogether and stick through it," Brandon said. "When times are tough, well be shoulder to shoulder." Former Bills general manager Bill Polian likes what hes seen. "I think Doug Marrone is a great coach. I think he proved that at Syracuse. I know hes got a plan for how to proceed," said Polian, now a TV analyst. And hes pleased the Bills finally began addressing the quarterback position by drafting Manuel. "Hes got some growing to do, so fans need to be patient with that," Polian said. "But I do think that the futures bright, and some good pieces are in place." Marrone wasnt aware what qualities the Bills were looking for in a coach when he interviewed for the job. He simply stuck to what he knew and who he was. "The worst thing you can do is try to fit what theyre looking for," Marrone said. "Because eventually in this profession with all the adversity and difficult challenges of the job, you cant function. You become dysfunctional." Theres been enough of that in Buffalo. ' ' '
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