Sodertalje 3 @ Lulea 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 8/11, 3.09 GAA, .727 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.09 GAA, .727 sv%
Ex-NHLer Janne Niinimaa had a goal and an assist to lead Lulea to a 3-1 win over Sodertalje in their Elitserien opener. Lightning prospect goaltender Riku Helenius stopped 8 of the 11 shots he faced for the loss. Sodertalje outshot Lulea 16-11 in the defensive struggle.
Khabarovsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless and -1 in 17:16 in Riga's 4-3 shootout win over Khabarovsk. Karsums also took a roughing penalty in overtime in the match.
Hanty-Mansiysk 0 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 9.13 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin did not dress as his backup, Rastislav Stana, had a 32 save shutout against Yugra.
Kazan 3 @ Nizhnekamsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov has yet to suit up this season for defending champion Ak Bars. Kazan got a pair of goals from Danis Zaripov in the win.
Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 36/41, 5.00 GAA, .878 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, .913 sv%
Jaromir Jagr had a pair of goals in Omsk's 5-1 pasting of Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo turned away 22 shots for the win for Avangard.
Novosibirsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Dynamo Riga fell to Novosibirsk 3-2 despite a pair of goals by forward Tomas Surovy. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:57 of ice time.
Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.