Dynamo Minsk 3 vs. Cherepovets 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/32, 2.77 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 18-15-2, 5 SO, 2.19 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned away 29 shots and both shooters he saw in the penalty shot session to help Cherepovets defeat Minsk 4-3. NHLer Joe Pavelski had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Minsk. Cherepovets plays another Dynamo, Riga, on Thursday.
Bratislava 3 vs. Kazan 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 37/39, 1.85 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-11-3, 4 SO, 2.15 GAA, .931 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away 37 shots and 2 of 3 shooters in the penalty shot session to deliver Bratislava a 3-2 win over Ak Bars Kazan. Janus has now won 6 of 10 games where Bratislava has gone past regulation this season. Bratislava faces Dynamo Moscow on Wednesday.
2nd Bundesliga (Germany)
Ravensburg 2 @ Dresden 4
Adam Hall, Ravensburg, Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-4-15 39 PIM
With Adam Hall out of the lineup, Ravensburg took a 2-0 first period lead which it squandered by allowing four unanswered goals over the final two frames in a demoralizing road loss to Dresden. Ravensburg (11-9-4-2, 43 PTS) will continue its road trip against Hannover (8-12-0-6, 30 PTS) on Sunday.
Khabarovsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 6
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 14 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a helper in 13:15 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 6-2 loss to SKA St. Petersburg. NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of assists in the victory for SKA. Khabarovsk will face Dynamo Moscow on Sunday.
Mytischi 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 4 (SO)
Caps first rounder Engeny Kuznetsov had a pair of goals and the shootout winner to lead Chelyabinsk to a 4-3 win over Mytischi. Chelyabinsk defenseman Nikita Nesterov remains away at Russia's U20 team camp ahead of the World Junior Championships.
Donetsk 2 vs. Astana 4
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 54 PIM
Victor Hedman had a delay of game minor in 20:36 of ice time in Astana's 4-2 win over Donetsk. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored his 15th goal of the season in the win for Astana. They face Mytischi on Wednesday.
Praha 6 vs. Ufa 1
NHLer Jakub Voracek had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Praha to a 6-1 win over Ufa. Andrei Vasilevskiy was again away for Ufa at Russia U20 camp. Ufa plays CSKA on Sunday.
Bratislava 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 43/44, 0.92 GAA, .977 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-11-3, 4 SO, 2.15 GAA, .931 sv%
Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 3 penalty shooters to convert for the hard luck, 2-1 shootout loss to Nizhnekamsk. Bratislava faces Kazan tomorrow.
Ilves 0 @ HPK 3
Anders Lindback, Ilves, Did not play
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-6-3, 3 SO, 2.33 GAA, 412/443 (.930 SV%)
Ilves had a hard time generating much of an attack and succumbed to being shut out by one of the top clubs in the league Thursday. Ilves did manage to hang around, tied or down just a goal, until the final period when KalPa extended its lead twice, with one of the two goals scored coming from former NHL forward Eric Fehr. Ville Kolppanen started his second-straight match with Anders Lindback still nursing the minor knee injury he suffered in practice on Tuesday. Kolppanen (33/36) again did an admirable job filling in for Lindback considering the bulk of offensive activity, as usual, took place in the Ilves end. In the contest, HPK nearly doubled up (56 to 29) the visitors in attempted shots. Ilves (6-18-3-5, 29 points) is now off until next Friday, the 28th, when they will host KalPa (13-9-7-5, 58 points). Lindback, whose injury was expected to keep him out approximately ten days, may or may not be available to return to action then.
Vasteras 2 vs. Mora 3
Brendan Mikkelson, Vasteras, 0-0-0, -2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 16 PIM
After falling behind early in the match, Vasteras took a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period that held up until Mora scored on a power play goal just a few minutes into the third period which it followed with an even-strength strike just twenty-eight seconds later to move ahead for good. Mikael Backlund and Patrik Berglund scored for Vasteras while fellow NHLer Bobby Ryan score the game-winner for Mora, whom locked-out Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar also plays for. Vasteras (17-9-3-2, 59 PTS) now heads into a brief Christmas break, will return to action in a road match next Wednesday against Oskarshamn (14-13-3-0, 48 PTS).