Brynas 2 @ Farjestads 3
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-7-18, +6, 37 PIM
Brynas fell on the road after Farjestad's Chris Lee broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period. Johan Holmqvist, making his second-straight start, was charged with a loss again, this time stopping thirteen of just sixteen shots on goal. After going scoreless for a few games, Johan Harju registered a primary assist on Simon Lof's even-strength goal with about ten minutes remaining in regulation. On the play, Harju wheeled out of the corner with the puck and found Lof, a defenseman, above the circles for an open look and Lof fired a snap-shot that found the net through traffic. Brynas (13-9-4-7, 54 PTS) returns home to take on Lulea (15-8-6-5, 62 PTS) on Sunday.
Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Victor Rask's shootout tally lifted Sweden to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Switzerland took Sweden to the brink, and held a lead into the Third Period on Mike Kunzle's third goal of the tournament, but they could not hold off the defending Gold Medalists. Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match and took a minor for high sticking that turned into Sweden's opening goal of the game. He was also 50% on draws. The Swiss now sit in 2nd place on the Group A table with games against Finland and Czech Republic yet to go. They face the Finns next on Sunday.
Russia 2 vs. USA 1
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%
Artem Sergeev (pictured) assisted on Viktor Tkachyov's goal early in the Third Period that gave Russia a critical 2-1 win over Team USA. Sergeev's helper means that all Lightning prospects have now found the scoresheet in Ufa, through the first two games of the Round Robin. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also had a helper in the match, assisting an Albert Yarullin goal on the power play. Forward Nikita Kucherov took a holding minor in the match, and was in the box for Jacob Trouba's lone goal for the Americans. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to undrafted Saskatoon netminder Andrei Makarov who turned away 41 shots for the win. Russia faces Germany next on Saturday and sits 2nd behind Canada on the Group B table.
Astana 2 vs. Yaroslavl 0
Victor Hedman, Astana, DNP
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-19-20, +18, 70 PIM
Victor Hedman missed his second straight match as Astana shut out Yaroslavl 2-0. Astana plays Novgorod on Sunday.
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 11 GP, 2-4-6, +4, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 17 GP, 2-5-7, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening goal and took a minor for slashing in Khabarovsk's 3-1 loss to Chelyabinsk. The forward played 17:32 in the match. He has hovered around half a point a game and is averaging 13:23 of ice time a game since his trade to Khabarovsk, which is pretty good for a young player in the KHL during an NHL lockout that has seen an influx of NHLers playing in the league. Chelyabinsk defenseman Nikita Nesterov remains away from the team while playing for Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Ufa. Khabarovsk plays Magnitogorsk on Sunday.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 23/34, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 18-12-4, 4 SO
Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only goal in St. Petersburg's 1-0 win over Bratislava. Sergei Boborovsky stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout for SKA.
Cherepovets 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 16/19, 3.03 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 18-16-2, 5 SO, 2.21 GAA, .922 sv%
Despite a pair of goals from former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov, his 9th and 10th goals of the season, Cherepovets fell 4-2 to Dynamo Riga. Ex-Lightning forwards Martins Karsums and Paul Szczechura were scoreless in the win for Riga. Cherepovets plays Donetsk on Saturday.
Vasteras 2 @ Oskarshamn 0
Brendan Mikkelson, Vasteras, 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 4 PIM (charging, hooking)
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 20 PIM
Lars Johansson stopped all twenty-two shots he faced Wednesday night in backstopping Vasteras to a shutout victory over Oskarshamn. Fellow NHLers Patrik Berglund (1 G, 1 A) and Mikael Backlund (2 A) led the way offensively for the visitors. Vasteras (18-9-3-2, 62 PTS) next hosts Djurgarden (15-10-1-6, 53 PTS) on Friday.