Finn and Mitchell enjoy the moment despite losing to Team Russia

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury

Once the jitters were gone, it was another day at the office for Guelph Storm players Zack Mitchell and Matt Finn.

The pair suited up for Team OHL Thursday night as Team Russia beat an OHL team for the first time in the 19-game history of the Subway Super Series, edging them 2-1 before a Sleeman Centre record crowd of 5,048.

“It was a really good experience. A really fun time with all the guys even though we didn’t get the end result,” said Mitchell, who enjoyed the fact he got to play with former minor hockey teammates Ryan Strome, Stuart Percy and Brett Ritchie.

“Obviously I was a little bit nervous, but I tried to prepare the same way I prepare for every game then just go out and play simple and play hard,” he said.

Mitchell was teamed on a line with Oshawa’s Scott Laughton and Kitchener’s Matt Puempel. Finn paired with Ottawa 67’s blueliner Cody Ceci.

“It was a great atmosphere,” said Finn. “Maybe we can play before 5,000 people if we ever win 18 in a row. It was nice to look up in the crowd and hear the “Canada” chants.”

Finn said the game was too intense to sit back and savour it too much.

“You still want to win these games and it was a 2-1 game, so you have to stay very focused. You have to treat it like any other game.”

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