Khanty-Mansiysk 6 vs. Dinamo Minsk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-4-9, -4, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev increased his season scoring output by a full 50% with a 2 goal, 3 point performance against Minsk. The young forward did so in just 12:08 of ice time, finding the back of the net twice in the Second Period. Gusev also led all skaters with 6 shots on goal in the match.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Ufa 4 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SO Win, 33/36, 2.77 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 10-6-4, 1 SO, 2.33 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 40/43, 2.77 GAA, .930 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 25-9-7, 7 SO, 1.93 GAA, .938 sv%
In a battle royal of Lightning Russian goaltending prospects, Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout to best Vasily Koshechkin in Ufa's 4-3 win over Magnitogorsk. Koshechkin, for his part, allowed 2 of 3 Ufa shooters to convert in the penalty shot session. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had the opening goal of the match for Ufa.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/33, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 25-9-6, 7 SO, 1.90 GAA, .939 sv%
Ex-Predators first rounder Alex Radulov's Third Period goal was the only CSKA marker in their 3-1 loss to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Radulov's goal was assisted by ex-Lightning defenseman Steve Eminger and Ilari Filppula. Metallurg got 2 goals from former Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin.
Ufa 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 39/42, 3.02 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2 SO, 3.08 GAA, .893 sv%
Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov's penalty shot goal was the game winner in Ufa's 4-2 win over Slovan. The goal was Filatov's second of the contest. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Slovan. Andrey Vasilevskiy did not dress in the match for Ufa.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the winning shootout goal in Yugra's 3-2 victory over Minsk. He was 1 for 2 overall in the shootout and received 11:06 of ice time in the match. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal in the game for Minsk while ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper for Yugra.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Dinamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/35, 2.01 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 24-9-6, 7 SO, 1.93 GAA, .938 sv%
Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitogorsk as they tripled up Dinamo Riga 6-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had minor penalties for hooking and holding for Metallurg in the win.
Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 28/30, 2.35 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 12-13-4, 2 SO, 3.08 GAA, .891 sv%
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus replaced starter Miroslav Kopriva 10:21 into the First Period and ended up taking the backdoor loss as Bratislava fell 4-2 in overtime. Slovan got a power play goal and a shorthanded goal from former NHLer Miroslav Satan in the defeat.
Podolsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on a Second Period goal by Alexei Kruchinin and scored in 2 out of 3 of his attempts on former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in the shootout to deliver Yugra a 4-3 win over Podolsk. The young forward was also +2 in his 12:15 of ice time in, undoubtedly, his finest statistical game of the season.
Elsewhere, Andrey Vasilevskiy did not dress for Ufa's 5-1 loss to Praha. Vasilevskiy is returning to Ufa from the Russian U20 junior team after their Bronze Medal performance at the U20 World Junior Championships.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Ex-NHLer Branko Radivojevic's shorthanded goal for Slovan with 2:37 left in regulation made it interesting, but Bratislava still fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk. Jaroslav Janus sat backup after being shelled in his last outing for the club.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Praha 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/42, 2.00 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 23-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .938 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 2 assists to help propel Magnitogorsk to a 4-2 win over Praha. The bigger story may have been netminder Vasily Koshechkin, though, who stopped 40 shots to help his club overcome a 42-33 shot deficit for the victory.
Novgorod 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-2-5, -9, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -2 in 13:37 of ice time in Yugra's 5-4 win over Novgorod. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in the win for Yugra.
Elsewhere, in Andrey Vasilevskiy's absence, Ufa bested CSKA 5-2.
With the U20 World Junior Championships now over, the KHL standing set up as follows for the Lightning's prospects:
Janus and Bratislava appear to be in dire straits in 12th place in the 14 team Western Conference, 10 points behind 8th place Yaroslavl.
Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk are a solid 3rd in the Eastern Conference, 5 points back of leader Ak Bars Kazan. Vasilevskiy's Ufa club sits just 5 points behind Magnitogorsk in 4th in the conference. Nikita Gusev's Yugra club also looks to be in trouble in 11th place in the 14 team Eastern Conference, 14 points back of 8th place Chelyabinsk.
Gold Medal Match
Sweden 2 vs. Finland 3 (OT)
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Buffalo first rounder Rasmus Ristolainen scored 9:42 into overtime to deliver Finland a 3-2 Gold Medal Match victory over rival Sweden. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen assisted on all 3 Finnish goals. Predators 4th round pick, goaltender Juuse Saros was named player of the match turning aside 35 shots in the win.
Bronze Medal Match
Canada 1 vs. Russia 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .933 sv%
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 24 PIM
Andrey Vasilevskiy got a pair of First Period goals worth of support and that was all he needed as he turned aside 30 shots to lead Russia to a 2-1 victory over Canada in the Bronze Medal Match. Vasilevskiy was named Russia's best player in the match for his efforts. Fellow Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin was held scoreless for the second time in the tournament, but he did go 53% on draws in defeat.
Drouin finished tied for 7th in scoring in the tournament, 6 points back of Teravainen, who won the tournament scoring title. Digging deeper into the statistics, Drouin was also 7th in the tournament on face-offs at 59%. Vasilevskiy was named one of Russia's 3 top players in the tournament by the coaches but lost out on Best Goaltender and Media All-Star plaudits to Oscar Dansk of Sweden and Saros, respectively. He finished second in the tournament in save percentage and third in goals against average.
Sweden 2 vs. Russia 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 19/21, 2.01 GAA, .905 sv%
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .924 sv%
Columbus second rounder Oscar Dansk made 26 saves to help lead Sweden to a narrow 2-1 win over Russia. Pittsburgh third rounder Oskar Sundqvist had the game winning goal for the Swedes. Undrafted forward Damir Zhafyarov had Russia's only goal and was named their team's best player of the match. Vasilevskiy was named one of Russia's top-3 players for the tournament.
Canada 1 vs. Finland 5
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 12 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 24 PIM
Blackhawks first rounder and Finnish captain Teuvo Taravainen had 2 goals and 1 assist in Finland's stunning 5-1 blitzing of Canada. Jonathan Drouin scored Canada's only goal, but also took his second penalty for checking to the head and neck area of the tournament, as well. He was not named one of Canada's top-3 players for the tournament.
Canada will square off with Russia in the Bronze Medal Match tomorrow while Finland and Sweden will play for the Gold Medal.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Bratislava 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 22-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .937 sv%
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 15/21, 10.85 GAA, .714 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was pulled 13:10 into the Second Period after former Capitals draft pick Oscar Osala's goal made it 6-0 as Magnitogorsk boat raced Slovan by a final tally of 6-2. Osala finished with 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.
Kazan 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-2-5, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev's goal, his first point in months, was not enough for Yugra as they were doubled up by Ak Bars Kazan 4-2. Kazan got a goal by former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov, his 8th of the campaign, in the victory.
Elsewhere, sans-Andrey Vasilevskiy Ufa defeated Riga 4-3 in overtime. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had the winner for Ufa.
USA 3 vs. Russia 5
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 30/33, 3.00 GAA, .909 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .929 sv%
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Andrey Vasilevskiy made several key stops and Edmonton third rounder Anton Slepyshev had 3 assists as Russia knocked off defending Gold Medalist USA 5-3 in the Quarterfinal Round. New Jersey first rounder Stefan Matteau had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for the Americans.
Finland 5 vs. Czech Republic 3
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen had his first goal of the tournament, a key marker to tie the game at 3-3 early in the Third Period, as Finland pulled away in the final frame to defeat Czech Republic 5-3. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 helpers in the victory for the Finns.
Canada 4 vs. Switzerland 1
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Despite several dangerous forays in the Swiss zone, Jonathan Drouin was held without a point for the first time in the tournament in Canada's 4-1 win over Switzerland. The forward did go 78% on 9 draws in the win. Islanders first rounder, defenseman Griffin Reinhart, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and was named the Canadians' top player in the match.
The Semifinal Round sets up with a big rematch between Sweden and Russia followed by a bout between Canada and Finland. Team USA heads home out of the medals.
USA 2 vs. Canada 3
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had the primary assist on Curtis Lazar's power play, game winning goal as Canada edged USA 3-2. Drouin's Halifax teammate, Zachary Fucale, made 24 key stops on the way to being named the match's best player. Fucale was a second round pick by the Canadiens in the June draft.
Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.61 GAA, .939 sv%
Montreal second rounder Jacob de la Rose scored with just 2:22 left in regulation to lift Sweden to a 3-2 triumph over Russia in the marquee matchup of Group B. Blue Jackets second rounder Oscar Dansk made 23 saves for the victory for Sweden. Vasilevskiy was named Player of the Game for Russia.
Finland 3 vs. Switzerland 4
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Switzerland strikes again, this time upsetting the Finns, who had just upset the Russians. Ikonen had his second assist in as many games.
Canada and Sweden take the top spots in Group A and Group B, respectively. USA finishes in second in Group A and Russia finishes in third in Group B. The Quarterfinal Round takes place Thursday with USA and Russia squaring off in what may be a classic match and Canada drawing Switzerland. Finland will face the Czechs.
Canada 5 vs. Slovakia 3
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 1-1-2, +2, 12 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 12 PIM
Jonathan Drouin took a minor and misconduct for checking to the head 10 seconds into Canada's thrilling 5-3 win over Slovakia, but rebounded with an assist on Canada's 2nd goal and their 3rd goal to key a huge comeback. The Canadians avoided the trap of getting caught looking ahead to their next opponent tomorrow (USA) that tripped up Russia.
Russia 1 vs. Finland 4
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 0.67 GAA, .970 sv%
Henri Ikonen assisted on a Third Period PP goal as Finland upset Russia 4-1. The point is Ikonen's first of the tournament. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 assists. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup in preparation for Russia's big matchup with Sweden tomorrow.