Cherepovets 2 @ Mytischi 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-2-1, 0 SO, 2.26 GAA, .932 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin made 34 saves in regulation and OT before stopping 3 of 5 shooters in Cherepovets' 2-1 shootout win over Mytischi. Koshechkin stopped ex-Lightning d-man Janne Niskala twice in the shootout. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match for Mytischi. Cherepovets draws Chekhov and man/myth/legend Nick Tarnasky on Wednesday.
CSKA 2 @ St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov's stint in the MHL lasted 1 game, as he returned to the KHL team today and was scoreless in 5:14 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to St. Petersburg. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov scored the winning shot in the penalty shot session for SKA. CSKA has a rematch with St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Novgorod Jr. 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov did his best to stop his recent scoring slump, bombing away for 6 shots on goal, but he was held off the scoresheet in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 2-1 loss to Novgorod Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Kazan Jr. on Tuesday.
JYP 2 @ Karpat 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 15/16, 1.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .896 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper as JYP eked out a 2-1 win over Karpat. JYP faces Espoo on Tuesday.
(From Yesterday, 10-7-11)
CSKA Jr. 4 @ Spartak Moscow Jr. 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
In a not so surprising move, CSKA demoted Nikita Kucherov (pictured) to the MHL on Friday. Kucherov had a late goal with less than 4 minutes left to tie up the game and assisted on Nikita Gusev's game winner a little over 2 minutes later to lift CSKA Jr's to the 4-3 win over Spartak Jr. This is Kucherov's second stint in the MHL this season. He appeared for the junior club on September 20th, notching 2 goals and 4 points in a 6-5 loss to KHK MVD's junior side. It remains to be seen whether this demotion will last longer for Kucherov. CSKA's junior team plays Mytischi Jr. next on Monday.
Yaroslavl Jr. 2 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM
In a game that also was played yesterday, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless in Chelabinsk Jr.'s 3-2 shootout win over Loko Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Novgorod Jr. on Sunday.
Lulea 2 @ MODO 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-2-6, +3, 2 PIM
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-1 win over MODO. Lulea plays Skelleftea on Thursday.
Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 42/44, 2.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .925 sv%
Just a reminder: veteran goaltender and Lightning 2002 draft pick Vasily Koshechkin is still one of the best goaltenders in all of Russia. He stopped 42 shots today to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums was scoreless in the match for Riga. Cherepovets draws Mytischi on Sunday.
CSKA 2 @ Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov was a scratch in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to Khabarovsk. CSKA faces St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Lulea 1 @ Brynas 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 2 PIM
Johan Harju had a minor for high sticking and failed to convert on a third period penalty shot in Lulea's 1-0 win over Brynas. Ex-Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist stopped 19 shots for Brynas in the loss. Lulea plays MODO on Saturday. The team is currently tied with Frolunda and Skelleftea at 17 points for the best mark in the league.
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%
Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.
CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM
Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.