Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev did not suit up for Yugra's 4-3 loss to SKA. SKA won the match on the strength of 4 First Period goals including 2 by former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.
Dynamo Moscow 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 27/27, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2 SO, 0.99 GAA, .960 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned away 27 shots and 2 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session to defeat Dynamo Moscow 1-0. Danis Zaripov and Chris Lee both converted in the shootout to seal the win for Metallurg.
With today’s Part 4, we close the book on our late offseason Who’s Trending? series that examines rising or falling player values. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is The Afanasenkov Rule.
The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
Part 4: Recent Graduates
Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 3/5, 10.14 GAA, .600 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was lifted 11:50 into the First Period in Slovan's 3-0 shutout loss to Cherepovets. Johan Backlund stopped 20 of 21 for Bratislava the rest of the way.
Lightning prospects took to the ice Tuesday for their third and final game of the Nashville prospects tournament. Unlike the first two games, which were settled in overtime, this one was done well before the end of regulation with the Florida Panthers winning, 6-3.
There’s no way around it, Florida was the better team on Tuesday, outworking, outhustling, and outmaneuvering the Baby Bolts.