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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:24

No family reunion: just a business trip for Lowrys

Written by  Brad Brown
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For Adam and Dave Lowry, the Subway Super Series was nothing personal — just business.

Never mind that they hadn’t shared a bench since Dave coached Adam’s peewee team in 2004-05.
When it came to the Super Series they were coach and player first, father and son second.
“We had a visit after the last game but through the course of things he was there to play hockey and I was there to coach,” said Dave, an assistant coach for Team WHL in Game 6 of the series, played Nov. 15 in Victoria. “It was all business.”
The on-ice reunion for Adam, the 19-year-old captain of the Swift Current Broncos, and Dave, head coach of the Victoria Royals, was made official when the WHL’s roster was released Oct. 26.
The Russians did their best wet blanket impression, winning 5-2 in the series finale, after losing a 1-0 shootout decision the night before in Vancouver.
But they largely failed to stop, or even really tap the brakes, on the junior Lowry throughout the two-game set with the WHL.
He set the tone for Game 5 when he turned first overall NHL draft pick Nail Yakupov into a human pinball (with an assist from teammate Mark McNeill) on the opening shift.
“I got the opportunity to finish the check and, to be honest, I didn’t even know it was Yakupov until after the hit, but I had a few texts and calls about it after the game,” said Lowry. “It was definitely good to kind of get the nerves out.”
Playing at even strength and on both special teams throughout the series, Lowry also scored one of Team WHL’s two regulation-time goals on a one-timer from Kamloops Blazers playmaker-extraordinaire Colin Smith late in Game 6.
Enough, maybe, to get the attention of Canada’s World Junior Hockey Championship selection committee?
“I thought he played well,” said Dave Lowry. “Obviously Hockey Canada, they have their evaluation staff and are looking for certain roles to fill, and he fits the mould of a big guy who can play physical. That’s something that moving forward they’re going to be looking for.”
His dad aside, Adam Lowry was joined by a few other familiar faces on Team WHL — long-time Calgary minor hockey teammate Sam Fioretti, now of the Moose Jaw Warriors, and Broncos teammate Graham Black among them.
Black played a more limited role in both games, but used his speed and forechecking to cause problems for Russia on more than one occasion.
“He did what he’s done to make himself successful,” said Adam Lowry. “He used his speed, got in on the forecheck … created a few turnovers and was able to take puck to the net a few times. He had a good couple of games there.”

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