Astana 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev potted a late Third Period insurance goal and had a power play helper as SKA, still depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, edged Barys Astana 5-3. Gusev played 17:36 in the victory. Astana got a pair of helpers from ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat.
Dynamo Moscow Jr. 4 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
It was a tough match for young Oleg Sosunov who took a -3, including a minus on the game tying goal, in Loko Jr's 4-3 SO loss to Dynamo Moscow Jr. Yaroslavl Jr. again went with seven defensemen in the match.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Cherepovets 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had even strength and power play helpers for SKA in their 4-0 blanking of Severstal Cherepovets. The forward played 14:37 as St. Petersburg continues to play with a depleted lineup due to the World Cup of Hockey. 2014 Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 26 shots he faced for the shutout win.
Yaroslavl Jr. 5 vs. KHK MVD Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Oleg Sosunov took a minor penalty for interference in Loko Jr.'s 5-2 win over KHK MVD Jr. Loko Jr. went back to a 7 defenseman lineup today with Sosunov taking one of the spots.
CSKA 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, SKA's offensive juggernaut ground to a near halt in their 2-1 loss to CSKA. The team was without key players like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeny Dadonov for the match. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:35 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in defeat.
Yaroslavl Jr. 3 vs. Novgorod Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Yaroslavl Jr. dressed seven defensemen, but Oleg Sosunov was not in the lineup for the club's 3-0 win over Novgorod Jr. Sosunov is attempting to break into the regular lineup at the MHL level after spending most of last season in the lower tier MHL-B league.
Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Novgorod Jr. 2 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Hulking defenseman Oleg Sosunov was scoreless in Loko Jr.'s season opener, which was a 2-1 SO defeat at the hands of Novgorod Jr. After playing just 3 games at the MHL level last season, Sosunov is looking to make the leap to the top junior league in Russia full-time this year.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Togliatti 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and assist in 13:36 of ice time as SKA rolled over Lada Togliatti 5-1. Gusev is now over a point a game through five games, playing primarily on SKA's second scoring line alongside ex-NHLer Evgeny Dadonov and three time KHL All Star Vadim Shipachyov.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Kazan 6 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's 6-5 SO loss to Kazan. The forward played 16:15 in the match and also converted on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Pavel Datsyuk had 2 goals and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Kazan got a helper from captain and former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their win.