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.
Despite a rough start to his season with Severstal Cherepovets of the Russian KHL, Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin has made the Russian national team for the Karjala Cup leg of the EuroTour tournaments, which is set to begin tomorrow. Koshechkin is the only current Lightning property to make the tournament, which features the best club players in Europe from Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Former Lightning properties who will suit up in the tournament include Lukas Krajicek and Marek Kvapil for the Czech Republic, Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo for Finland, Alexander Svitov for Russia, and Niklas Persson for Sweden.
HV 71 6 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 6.35 GAA
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .873 GAA
Riku Helenius spelled starter Pontus Sjogren at 10:33 of the third period after Sodertalje had fallen behind 5-0 today. The club eventually lost 6-1. Ex-Devils pick Teemu Laine had a goal for HV 71.
Cherepovets 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .904 sv%
Wow. Vasily Koshechkin sat backup behind third string netminder Sergei Borisov today in Cherepovets' 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. It was the 25 year old Borisov's first game of the season. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of goals in the win for Severstal.