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Samorukov makes an impressive return from World junior duty

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By Tony Saxon, Guelph Today

Dmitri Samorukov didn’t take long to lick his wounds from Team Russia’s disappointing quarter-final loss at the World Juniors.

After playing five games in eight days as a member of his country’s national junior squad, he called Guelph Storm coach/general manager George Burnett and told him he wanted to be back in the Storm lineup Thursday in Niagara Falls.

Samorukov scored in that game and then scored again Friday night in a big 4-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack at the Sleeman Centre.

He also had an assist and was a plus-4 on the night.

Samorukov, who has played seven games in 11 days, took it all in stride.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of games, but hockey is our life. So let’s play hockey,” said Samorukov.

“I want to help my team. I don’t care about myself, I just want to help the team”

He said the World Juniors was a great experience despite the result.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling when you’re with a group of guys who are older than you. They know how to be a team, like being a family. It was a good experience for me and I learned a lot,” Samorukov said.

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