Vasilevski, Andrei

KHL Game Day: 9-20-12

KHL (Russia):
Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Cherepovets 5

No box score has been published as of this posting.

Cherepovets will face Khabarovsk next on Saturday.

Kazan 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Nikita Nesterov (pictured) played for the first time in over a week in Chelyabinsk's 6-2 loss to Kazan. The action was Nesterov's first in the KHL this year. He played 13:58 in the match. Chelyabinsk plays Nizhnekamsk next on Saturday.

CSKA 1 vs. Astana 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was demoted by CSKA to the MHL prior to their 3-1 loss to Astana. CSKA's KHL side gets Khanty-Mansiysk on Saturday. CSKA's MHL team faces Spartak Jr. on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 1 vs. Ufa Jr. 0
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 17/18, 1.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 1 SO, 1.38 GAA, .952 sv%

When I said yesterday that teams have no chance if they only get 18 shots on Andrei Vasilevski, I forgot to post the caveat that they might have a chance if they allow only 12 shots and shut the team in front of Vasilevski out. That happened today as he fell for the first time this season 1-0 to Nizhnekamsk Jr. The winning goal was scored with just 7 seconds left in regulation, no less. Amazing stuff, even in defeat. Ufa Jr. draws Perm Jr. next on Saturday.

European Game Day: 9-19-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 3 vs. Brynas 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Despite a season high 4 shots on goal, Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 4-3 overtime winner for AIK. The power forward played on Brynas' second line in the match. Brynas draws Linkopings next on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 0 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, SO, 18/18, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 7-0-0, 1 SO, 1.43 GAA, .952 sv%

If all you manage is 18 shots on goal against Andrei Vasilevski, you probably have no prayer. Nizhnekamsk Jr. learned that lesson the hard way, as they were shutout by Ufa Jr. and the Lightning first rounder 5-0. Vasilevski improves to a lucky 7-0-0 on the season. The two teams rematch on Thursday.

European Game Day: 9-15-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
HV 71 2 vs. Brynas 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless and took a minor for interference for Brynas in their 2-1 overtime loss to HV 71. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 shots in defeat for Brynas. Brynas faces AIK next on Wednesday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 vs. Praha 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Loss, 26/28, 1.85 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-3-1, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .928 sv%

Despite a pair of helpers from former NHLer Niklas Bergfors, Cherepovets fell in the shootout 3-2 to Lev Praha. Cherepovets goaltender Vasily Koshechkin went 2 out of 3 in the penalty shot session for the loss. Cherepovets is off until Thursday when they'll play Novokuznetsk.

Chekhov 0 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%

Jaroslav Janus (pictured) recorded his first career KHL shutout, stopping 23 in Bratislava's 3-0 blanking of Chekhov. Ex-Lightning defenseman Josef Boumedienne had a helper in the match. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Monday.

Dynamo Minsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 8:49 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Minsk. CSKA faces Chekhov on Monday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Ufa Jr. 3 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 0 SO, 1.67 GAA, .948 sv%

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Death, taxes, Vasilevski. Nikita Nesterov was again out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr. They'll face Orenburg on Monday while Ufa Jr. draws Berdsk on Wednesday.

MHL Game Day: 9-14-12

Ufa Jr. 3 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 1
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 38/39, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 0 SO, 1.60 GAA, .951 sv%

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

You know, this Andrei Vasilevski is not half bad. The young first rounder extended his record to 5-0-0, stopping 38 shots in Ufa Jr.'s 3-1 win over Chelyabinsk Jr. Nikita Nesterov was once again out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr. The two teams will have a rematch on Saturday.

MHL Game Day: 9-9-12

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 vs. Berdsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Che;yabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov missed his third straight game in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-1 win over Berdsk. Chelyabinsk is now off until Friday when they'll play Andrei Vasilevski and Ufa Jr.

KHL Game Day: 9-5-12

KHL
CSKA 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev only played 3:15 today, but that was enough to get caught on the ice for the lone goal in CSKA's 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow. CSKA is off until Saturday when they'll face KHL newcomer Donetsk.

MHL
Orenburg 3 vs. Ufa Jr. 6
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

Alexei Vasilevski turned away 31 shots to post back-to-back wins for Ufa Jr. against Orenburg to open the season. Ufa Jr. is off until next Tuesday when they face Magnitogorsk Jr.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Defenseman Artem Chistyakov scored with 42 seconds left in the Third Period to life Chelyabinsk Jr. to a 3-2 opening night win over Novokuznetsk Jr. The two teams square off again tomorrow.

MHL Game Day: 9-4-12

Orenburg 1 @ Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%

And he's off. First rounder Andrei Vasilevski (pictured) stopped 21 shots as Ufa Jr. slapped Orenburg 5-1. The two teams rematch again tomorrow.

Russian Regular Season Games Start Tomorrow

The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

MHL
9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

KHL
9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

Canada Wins Exhibition Series Against Russia, Lightning Prospects

Canada 1 vs Russia 0 (OT)

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss

After Team Canada won 4-2 in regulation in Halifax on Tuesday night to knot the four-game series at two wins apiece, both teams began a special overtime session in hopes of a series-deciding victory. The Canadians, the distinct aggressors throughout much of the three periods played previously that night, kept pressing their Russian counterparts and were rewarded with the clinching goal just a few minutes into sudden-death. On the play, Canada's Ty Rattie managed to keep the puck in Russia's end, which led to Ryan Strome getting the puck on his stick near the top of the left face-off circle, where he didn't waste any time using some crafty stick-work to make his way to a better angle in the high slot where, with a quick release, he fired a wrist shot that found its mark past Vasilevski.

Canada/Russia Challenge Game Day: 8/14/12

Canada 4 @ Russia 2

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss, 41 saves on 45 shots

The final game in the exhibition series took place in Halifax last night and ended in a decisive victory for Team Canada. Although Game 4 got off to a similar start to the night before with Russia taking two early leads despite finding themselves mostly hemmed in their own zone or conceding possession for changes and setting up defensively at even-strength. The Canadians finally took the lead (their first since Game 1 of the series), though, nearly midway through the second period and they never relented. Team Russia did manage to generate some quality scoring chances but could not muster a much-needed goal before the game slipped away for good late in the final period. It did help that the Russian coaching staff opted, until just a handful of minutes remained, to keep its team passive and structured in the neutral zone in an apparent attempt to conserve their young squad's energy. For much of the time they trailed, Russia seemed content to try and mount a comeback with selective counterattacks and opportunistic play and, failing that, to try and decide the series in overtime.

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