Originally written November 13, 2012 on The Hockey Guys:
Sarnia, ON – Coming into the fourth game of the six-game Subway Super Series, the Canadian Hockey League trailed the series six points to three looking to even up the series. In the history of the Subway Super Series, the Russians have never scored a goal on Sarnia ice in the two previous games being shutout in 2003 and 2006. Entering the dying minutes of Monday night’s game, it appeared that Team OHL would keep that shutout streak alive until Chicago Blackhawks Maxim Shalunov sent a filthy between-the-legs-no-look pass to fan favourite Nail Yakupov with just 36.1 seconds remaining in regulation. It was fitting that former Sarnia Sting superstar Nail Yakupov scored the lone Russian goal as the entire evening was an emotional one for Yakupov and Sarnia fans as both said their final goodbyes. The crowd (4,283) erupted as Nail Yakupov threw his hands into the air in typical “Yakky” dramatic fashion. It was a bitter-sweet ending for a Sarnia fan-base that graciously thanked Nail Yakupov...
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