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KHL Game Day: 1-18-13

KHL (Russia)
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/33, 2.02 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 22-13-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .931 sv%

Ex-Predators draft pick Konstantin Glazachev had a pair of helpers to help lead Yugra to a 3-1 win over Bratislava. Bratislava plays Omsk on Sunday.

Crunch Rookie Taking Advantage of Opportunities

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Danick Gauthier started the season as the odd man out.

With the Syracuse Crunch already loaded with talented forwards and further enhanced with players being sent down from Tampa Bay as a result of the NHL lockout, the rookie had trouble cracking the lineup.

Crunch coach Jon Cooper told Gauthier to expect to be sit out most nights, and the 21-year-old suited up for just 10 games in the first three months of the season.

"It was hard to be scratched almost every game, but I just kept working in practices, and I got a couple chances," Gauthier said.

"Every chance I got on the ice, I needed to make a good impression for the coaches," the Quebec-native added.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-17-13

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Barrie Colts 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-12-15, E, 45 PIM
With Barrie: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 6 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin (pictured) had his first point in a Barrie uniform, a power play goal that gave the Colts a 2-1 lead early in the second period. The Gens fought back to force overtime and a shootout before Barrie took the win. Dotchin’s goal was his first power play goal of the year. He didn’t receive a lot of man-advantage ice time with the Attack.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-39-42, +13, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard had a shorthanded assist in Guelph’s 5-3 road win over the Petes. He has three assists in two games since his one-game suspension for slew-footing.

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek skated this week despite an injured shoulder, but The Windsor Star reported the Lightning flew him to Florida to have the shoulder examined before both Tampa Bay and Windsor clear him to play.

KHL Game Day: 1-17-13

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Kazan 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 28 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for hooking in 12:13 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 3-2 win over Kazan. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of helpers in the win for Traktor. They face Ufa next on Saturday.

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Ufa 4
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Iito Tarkki in Ufa's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov and Alex Svitov each had goals in the win for Ufa. They face Chelyabinsk on Saturday.

Cherepovets 2 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 23-17-3, 6 SO, 2.15 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niklas Bergfors had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Draft eligible defenseman Zakhar Arzamastsev had the lone goal in defeat for Novokuznetsk. Cherepovets plays Novosibirsk on Saturday.

Chekhov 2 vs. Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 23 GP, 3-8-11, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a minor for tripping in 12:31 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 shootout win over Chekhov. The forward also failed to convert in his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Ex-NHLer Timofei Shishkanov had a pair of assists for Khabarovsk in the win. Khabarovsk plays Dynamo Minsk on Saturday.

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