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Jan 17, 2007, 10:44 PM EST


QUEBEC (CP) - Ruslan Bashkirov of the hometown Remparts scored two goals to lead Team Red to a 5-3 victory over Quebec teammate Angelo Esposito's Team White in the Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.

Bashkirov's goals helped the side coached by Pat Burns and Michel Bergeron build a 4-1 lead and then hang on to win over a team led by Scotty Bowman and Jacques Demers.

Logan MacMillan and Jakub Voracek of the Halifax Mooseheads also scored as the Reds got four goals on 14 shots in the first half of the game on Peterborough Petes goaltender Trevor Cann.

Stefan Legein of the Missisauga Ice Dogs scored into an empty net with 1:01 left to play for the Reds.

Oscar Moller of the Chilliwack Bruins scored against Jeremy Smith of the Plymouth Whalers, while Keven Veilleux of the Victoriaville Tigres and Maxim Gratchev of the Rimouski Oceanic scored on Linden Rowatt of the Regina Pats for Team White.

Tyson Sexsmith of the Vancouver Giants stopped all 15 shots he faced.

The match pitting 40 of the best prospects for the NHL draft in June drew 7,672 spectators to the 15,000-seat Pepsi Colisee for a fast-paced and loose game among players unused to playing together.

It was a quiet game for crowd favourite Esposito, who has battled a flu this week, and linemate Patrick Kane of the London Knights, two of the top-ranked 17-year-olds in North America, both of whom were shut out.

Bashkirov's line with Akim Aliu of the Sudbury Wolves and David Skokan of Rimouski had good pressure on most of their shifts and were the best trio on the ice.

Moller opened the scoring unassisted at 6:11 after a Veilleux hit freed up the puck in the slot for a wrist shot that beat Smith.

Bashkirov tied it 46 seconds later after a sweet feed on a rush from Aliu. MacMillan put the Reds in front at 8:16 with a tap into an open side after a reverse pass from Nick Palmieri of the Erie Otters.

Bashkirov got two cracks at the puck at the side of the net to score 4:24 into the second period and Voracek made it 4-1 from alone in front.

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