Buffalo Sabres prospect Andrey Makarov stopped 29 of 31 shots to lead the host Saskatoon Blades to a 5-2 victory over the high-scoring Halifax Mooseheads in the round robin portion of the Memorial Cup, the championship of Canadian junior hockey.
Makarov held the Mooseheads scoreless through two periods and did not surrender a goal until his team had a 4-0 lead. The Moosheads, which scored seven goals against the Portland Winterhawks in their Memorial Cup opener, got goals from Stephan MacAuley and Nathan McKinnon in the third. Rangers prospect Josh Nicholls clinched it with an empty netter.
Each team is 1-1 in the Cup. Saskatoon closes the round robin Wednesday against Portland and top-rated prospect Seth Jones. The Blades lost their first game to the London Knights, 3-2, despite 30 saves from Makarov.