WHL All-Stars 5 vs. Russia 7
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 2-1-3, +5, 2 PIM (hooking)
Series totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, 2 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Series totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, 2 PIM
Kucherov and Russia finished with a bang to tie the overall Superseries between CHL teams and Russia 3-3. The Russians were down 4-2 and 5-3 at different points in the game before they came roaring back. Kucherov's second goal came on a "beauty of a breakaway" as one reporter put it. Nikita Gusev, the undrafted pint-sized scoring star who is a teammate of Kucherov's for CSKA's junior team, was player of the match for Russia with a goal, two assists, and a plus-5 rating. Kucherov finishes the series against Canada's best junior competition at more than a point per game. While defense takes a back seat in these series, it is still encouraging that he can score with the best of his age group.
Lulea 3 @ Timra 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM
Johan Harju scored on the opening attempt of the shootout session to contribute to Lulea's 3-2 win over Timra. Ex-Brandon Wheat King Sami Sandell had 1 goal and 1 assist for Lulea in the victory. Lulea faces HV 71 on Saturday.
WHL All-Stars 5 vs. Russia 2
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Series totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, 2 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Series totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIM
Russia scored the gameâ€™s first goal and had it tied at two later in the game, but the WHL scored three times to win 5-2 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Neither Lightning prospect had a point in the game for Russia. The two teams play again Thursday night in Moose Jaw.
The CHL leads the series 3-2.
Cherepovets 3 @ Mytischi 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 18/23, 5.01 GAA, .783 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-7-0, 1 SO, 2.86 GAA, .912 sv%
Ex-Maple Leafs pick Maxim Semenov had 1 goal and 4 points to lead Mytischi to a 5-3 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match. Cherepovets faces Dynamo Minsk next on Friday.