European Game Day: 10-17-12

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 1 vs. AIK 5
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 6 PIM

Johan Harju has hit a cold spot, and was scoreless in Brynas' 5-1 loss to AIK. Brynas' backup, Robin Rahm, was between the pipes. Brynas faces MODO on Friday.

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 6 vs. Novgorod 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 12 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Boom goes the stay-at-home dynamite! Nikita Nesterov (pictured) was +3 in a season high 18:35 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 6-3 win over Novgorod. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had a goal for Torpedo in defeat. Chelyabinsk is off until Sunday when they face Spartak Moscow.

Cherepovets 6 vs. Bratislava 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 18/18, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-8-1, 3 SO, 1.92 GAA, .935 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 33/39, 6.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 9-5-2, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .923 sv%

Oof! In a battle between old school and new school Lightning goaltending prospects, Vasily Koshechkin taught the new blood a serious lesson. The big veteran netminder logged an 18 save shutout in Cherepovets' 6-0 spanking of Bratislava. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov continued his quest to get back on Bolt Prospects' daily updates by scoring his 5th and 6th goals of the season, both on the power play, for Severstal. They face Omsk next on Saturday. Slovan will lick their wounds in preparation for CSKA next Tuesday.

VHL (Russia 2)
Chelyabinsk2 3 vs. Tver 1
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 10 GP, 5-5-10, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored Tver's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Chelyabinsk2. The forward played 18:25 in the match. Tver faces Minsk2 next Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Ufa Jr. 2 vs. Omsk Jr. 6
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 17/21, 6.00 GAA, .810 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 14-4-0, 1 SO, 1.92 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrei Vasilevski continued the theme of a poor day for young Lightning goaltending prospects after he was pulled after 2 periods in Ufa Jr.'s 6-2 loss to Omsk Jr. I ask the question again: does the young man need a rest after having started every game of the season thus far for Ufa Jr? I'm looking at you, ex-Lightning forward and current Ufa Jr. coach, Alexander Semak. These two teams rematch on Thursday.