European Leagues

Karjala Cup: Day One 11/11/10

Russia 1 @ Finland 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, SO, 25/25, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%

Ex-Lightning first rounder Alexander Svitov scored with 2:10 left in regulation and Vasily Koshechkin made 25 saves to lift Russia to a 1-0 win over Finland in Day One of the Karjala Cup. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo sat backup in the match for the Finns.

In the tournament's other match, Sweden edged Czech Republic 4-3 on the strength of three third period goals. Recent Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for Sweden.

Koshechkin on Russia's Karjala Cup Roster

Despite a rough start to his season with Severstal Cherepovets of the Russian KHL, Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin has made the Russian national team for the Karjala Cup leg of the EuroTour tournaments, which is set to begin tomorrow. Koshechkin is the only current Lightning property to make the tournament, which features the best club players in Europe from Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Former Lightning properties who will suit up in the tournament include Lukas Krajicek and Marek Kvapil for the Czech Republic, Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo for Finland, Alexander Svitov for Russia, and Niklas Persson for Sweden.

European Game Day: 11/6/10

Elitserien
HV 71 6 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 6.35 GAA
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .873 GAA

Riku Helenius spelled starter Pontus Sjogren at 10:33 of the third period after Sodertalje had fallen behind 5-0 today. The club eventually lost 6-1. Ex-Devils pick Teemu Laine had a goal for HV 71.

KHL
Cherepovets 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .904 sv%

Wow. Vasily Koshechkin sat backup behind third string netminder Sergei Borisov today in Cherepovets' 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. It was the 25 year old Borisov's first game of the season. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of goals in the win for Severstal.

KHL Game Day: 11/5/10

Mytischi 3 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 11:38 in Kazan's 4-3 win over Mytischi. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had two goals and an assist for Mytischi and ex-Thrashers pick Ilya Nikulin had one goal and two assists in the match for Kazan.

European Game Day: 11/4/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 3 @ Skelleftea 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 2.98 GAA, .876 sv%

Riku Helenius did not play in Sodertalje's 4-3 shootout loss to Skelleftea. Calgary first rounder Tim Erixon scored a goal in the match for Skelleftea, assisted by former Blues first rounder David Rundblad.

KHL
Cherepovets 2 @ Novosibirsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Rangers prospect Ilkka Heikkinen had one goal and one assist in the match for Novosibirsk.

KHL Game Day: 11/3/10

Yaroslavl 1 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 12:54 in Kazan's 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Stars pick Alexei Tereshenko had a pair of goals in the victory.

European Game Day: 11/2/10

Elitserien
Djurgardens 4 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 25/29, 4.13 GAA, .862 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 2.98 GAA, .876 sv%

Geez. Riku Helenius and Sodertalje coughed up a third period lead allowing Djurgardens the winning goal with 4:43 left in regulation, and handing Helenius his sixth loss of the season. Backup Pontus Sjogren entered the game with 1:52 left in regulation, possibly due to an injury to Helenius. Ex-Lightning forward Jimmie Olvestad scored Djurgardens' tying goal midway through the third period.

KHL
Cherepovets 2 @ Khabarovsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Khabarovsk. Ex-NHL netminder Yann Danis made 42 stops for Khabarovsk for the win.

CSKA 4 @ Dynamo Riga 3 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 7-5-12, -3, 26 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless and had a minor penalty for slashing in 17:22 in Riga's 4-3 shootout loss to CSKA. Ex-Predators pick Lauris Darzins had one goal and one assist in the loss for Riga.

KHL Game Day: 10/31/10

Kazan 2 @ Hanty-Mansiysk 3(SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 12:47 in Kazan's 3-2 shootout loss to Yugra.

Spartak Moscow 3 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 23/26, 3.02 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%

Not since his short-lived stint in Kazan has Vasily Koshechkin had such a poor start to a season. He dropped to 5-8-0 this season with a 3-1 loss todat to Spartak Moscow. Ex-Flyers prospect Stefan Ruczika had one goal and one assist in the match for Spartak.

Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4(SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, -3, 24 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless and had a minor for cross checking in Riga's 4-3 shootout loss to Minsk. He played 16:35 in the match. Ex-Predators draft pick Lauris Darzins had a goal and scored the winning shootout marker in the match.

Elitserien Game Day: 10/30/10

Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 4 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

I'm beginning to think Riku Helenius is going to have to pull a Tonya Harding on Pontus Sjogren to ever get in a game again. Sjogren made 21 saves for the overtime loss against MODO. Ex-NHLer Byron Ritchie had two goals in the match for MODO.

KHL Game Day: 10/29/10

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .903 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup to Rostislav Stana as Cherepovets fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk in overtime. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had Cherepovets' only goal.

Kazan 3 @ Omsk 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless and had a minor penalty for slashing in 10:49 of ice time in Kazan's 3-2 win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a helper in the game for Kazan. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for Omsk for the overtime loss.

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