European Leagues

Ritola Leaves North America for MODO

TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.

Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.

Subway Super Series: Game 1 (11-7-11)

Russia 2 @ QMJHL 0
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament toals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Sergey Kostenko had a 42 save shutout to lead badly outshot Russia over the QMJHL All-Stars 2-0. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was second on Russia with 3 shots on goal. Russia mustered just 12 attempts on net on losing goaltender Maxime Lagace.

Game 2 is on Wednesday, when Nikita Nesterov may make his first appearance.

KHL Game Day: 11-6-11

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Riga 1 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-6-0, 1 SO, 2.71 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets rode into the Karjala break in style with a 4-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had Dynamo's lone goal, which was his 9th of the year. Cherepovets is off until a week from Wednesday when they'll play Mytischi.

Johan Harju is on Sweden's initial roster for the Karjala tournament. Russia has yet to release theirs, which typically has included Koshechkin. Finland's roster features ex-Lightning players Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo while Czech Republic's features ex-Lightning picks Ivan Rachunek and Marek Kvapil.

European Game Day: 11-5-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 4 SO, 1.51 GAA, .933 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup on the second half of the back-to-back as JYP defeated HIFK 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the win. JYP's next match is a week from Tuesday against TPS as Europe heads into the Karjala Cup break.

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-0 shutout win over AIK. AIK goaltender Viktor Fasth, rumored as a Lightning target in the offseason, stopped 35/37 in the loss. Lulea is off until a week from Thursday for the Karjala Cup, when they'll play Timra.

As expected, Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA Jr. today in their 4-1 loss to Mytischi Jr., as he is headed to North America to participate in the annual Subway Superseries.

European Game Day: 11-4-11

SM-Liiga (Finland)
Pelicans Lahti 2 @ JYP 3 (OT)
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 17/19, 1.96 GAA, .895 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 4 SO, 1.51 GAA, .933 sv%

Riku Helenius' amazing 3+ game shutout streak ended at 19:04 of the first period, but he still made 17 stops to help JYP to a 3-2 overtime win over Lahti. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for JYP. The club faces HIFK on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Cherepovets 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-6-0, 1 SO, 2.84 GAA, .914 sv%

Ex-Flames pick Kevin Lalande made 22 stops to lead Minsk to a 3-0 shutout of Cherepovets. Cherepovets will play one of the other Dynamos, Riga, on Sunday.

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