Sodertalje 5 @ Frolunda 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 18/20, 2.00 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-6-0, 0 SO, 3.16 GAA, .886 sv%
Riku wins! Riku wins! Riku wins! Lightning prospect Riku Helenius stopped 18 shots in a 5-2 victory over Vastra Frolunda to, finally, secure his first win of the season. The victory moved Sodertalje out of the Elitserien basement, two points ahead of Frolunda. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist took the loss for Frolunda. Fellow ex-Lightning player, forward Andreas Karlsson, had a power play goal in the match for Frolunda.
Ekaterinburg 5 @ Cherepovets 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OTL, 31/36, 4.97 GAA, .861
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-9-0, 1 SO, 3.14 GAA, .900 sv%
You explain it to me. Just a couple of days after completing a masterful three game performance against some of the best club talent in Europe at the Karjala Cup, Vasily Koshechkin allowed 5 goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to Ekaterinburg. 37 year old veteran Andrei Subbotin had 2 goals and 3 points, including the overtime winning goal, for Ekaterinburg.
Yulaev 5 @ Dynamo Riga 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, -2, 26 PIM
Martins Karsums assisted on a Girts Ankipans goal in 15:00 of ice time in Riga's 5-4 loss to Yulaev. Ex-Oilers anf Flyers prospect Patrick Thoresen had 1 goal and 1 assist for Yulaev.
Kazan 6 @ St. Petersburg 5 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 12 PIM
Evidently, the majority of the KHL forgot how to play defense over the Karjala break. Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 14:28 in Kazan's 6-5 shootout win over SKA St. Petersburg. Kazionov did score the winning goal in the shootout session for Ak Bars, as well. Ex-Stars second rounder Johan Fransson (Johan Fransson Lite) had 1 goal and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Ex-Lightning prospect Anton But was St. Petersburg's only unsuccessful shooter in the three round shootout.
AIK 5 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 0.00 GAA
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 2.86 GAA, .884 sv%
Sodertalje was embarassed today by fellow Kval till Elitserien survivor AIK 5-2. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius entered the game at 12:36 of the second period and stopped all shots he faced in relief.
Sweden 3 @ Russa 2
Vasily Kosehchkin, Russia, ND, 19/19, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin spelled starter Mikhail Biryukov at 8:11 and was perfect the rest of the way, but Russia still fell 3-2 to Sweden. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a pair of helpers in the match for the Swedes.
In the day's other game, ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo made 24 stops as the Finns shut out the Czech Republic 5-0.
Czech Republic 1 @ Russia 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.40 GAA, .986 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin finally allowed a goal in the Karjala Cup, but former NHL first rounder Alexander Perezhogin and Denis Grebeshkov each had goals to help lead Russia to a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. Koshechkin stopped 70 of the 71 shots he faced in the tournament in reasserting his claim to being the best Russian-born goaltender not in the NHL after a disappointing start of the season for Severstal Cherepovets.
Unfortunately for the Russians, Finland defeated Sweden 4-1 with a goal and an assist from ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala to win the tournament of goal differential. The Russians, who were +2 in the tournament, ended up in second behind the Finns at +7, despite the fact the Russians defeated the Finns head-to-head, because the Swedes also finished 2-1-0 in the tournament, with a -1 differential.
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.