The Summit in 1974


SUPER SERIES '76-77: Team USSR Clubs vs. WHA clubs

Winnipeg Free Press

January 6, 1977
Edmonton, Alberta (CP)

Aleksandr Yakushev scored two goals Wednesday night to lead the Soviet Union's touring all-star team to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association in an exhibition international game before a record Edmonton crowd of 15,571.

The Soviets have now won five of six games of their tour of WHA cities but it is doubtful they could have worked harder even in their victory than they had to work against the Oilers.

Wayne Connely's second goal with less than four minutes remaining pulled the Oilers within one goal and they applied heavy pressure against Alexander Sidelnikov, until Russian referee Victor Dombrowski called a spearing penalty against defenseman Doug Barrie with 77 seconds remaining.

The Soviets moved into the Edmonton zone and controlled the puck but had only one good chance to score as they ran out the clock.

Peter Prirodin score the other Soviet goal deflecting a perfect pass by Alexander Bilialetdinov only 14 seconds after Cowboy Flett of the Oilers was banished for playing with a broken stick.

Although the Oilers served eight of 12 minor penalties, they out-shot the Soviets -considered the strongest Soviet team ever put together 28-23. However Sidelnikov had fewer tough saves than Ken Broderick, the Edmonton goaltender who had substantial international experience as an amateur.

Dombrowski let both clubs get away with apparent infractions until close to the end of the second period when Sidelnikov and Gavin Kirk of Edmonton were penalized for roughing. Sidelnikov also engaged Flett in a roughing joust with less than five minutes remaining moments after he foiled Flett on a good chance and saw a shot by Rick Morris bounce off the post behind him.

The Oilers had the first good chance when Flett banged a shot of the crossbar after Frank Beaton and Bobby Russell forechecked the puck loose. Yakushev scored his first goal from the edge of the crease.

Before the period ended, Boris Golikov rammed a shot off the goalpost with Broderick beaten.

Connelly scored score early in the second period when the sped of Randy Rota and Claude St. Saveur created an opportunity.

After Prirodin scored Yakushev found himself at the corner of the crease to complete a perfect passing play with Vladimir Shadrin and Victor Shalimov four seconds after Dave Langevin returned from a charging penalty.

Less than three minutes later Connelly put the Oilers back in the game with a screened shot but the penalty to Barrie ended the rally.

It was the second appearance of Edmonton against a touring international team this season, following a 6-4 victory over a Czechoslovakian team last month. The Oilers entered the game in fourth place in the western division of the WHA.




The Summit in 1974