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KHL Game Day: 1-10-13

KHL (Russia)
Ufa 2 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 21/25, 6.89 GAA, .840 sv%
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%

Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy was chased at 14:50 of the Second Period in Ufa's 4-2 loss to St. Petersburg. SKA's attack was led in part by a pair of helpers by former NHLer Dmitri Kalinin. The loss was Vasilevskiy's first at the KHL level this season. Ufa plays Magnitogorsk next Thursday.

Yaroslavl 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 22-17-2, 6 SO, 2.19 GAA, .921 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Severstal continue to play well heading into the KHL All-Star Break. He turned aside 25 shots today in the club's 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. They face Yaroslavl again on Tuesday.

Praha 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 27 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals (MHL) 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 in 6:00 of ice time as Chelyabinsk was crushed by Praha 6-2. Lev got a pair of helpers from former Senators first rounder Jakub Klepis in the win. Traktor plays Kazan next Thursday.

Elitserien Game Night: 1-10-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 1 @ MODO 3

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-7-18, +6, 37 PIM

With a goal and an assist, former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola helped MODO, which took a 3-0 lead into the third period, defeat visiting Brynas. Ex-Bolt netminder suffered the loss while turning thirty of thirty-three shots aside. Brynas (14-12-5-7, 59 PTS) returns home for its next match against Skelleftea (23-11-2-2, 75 PTS), the league leader in the standings, on Saturday.

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Dotchin, Koekkoek on the Move

Lightning prospect defenseman Jake Dotchin was traded today from OHL Owen Sound to the Barrie Colts. The OHL trade deadline was today at noon.

Dotchin, a 2012 sixth round pick by Tampa Bay, has two goals and 14 points in 38 games this season. There was talk that Dotchin wasn't being utilized to his full extent in Owen Sound, so he may get more opportunities - especially on the power play - in Barrie. The Colts are tied with Owen Sound, ironically, for the second-most point in the league with 53. London leads with 71.

Dotchin, who was traded for two third rounders, a fourth, and a fifth, is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman though many observers think he's capable of more offensively. He recently had a stretch when he scored nine points in 12 games. The 6-3, 222-pound defenseman is scoreless in his last three games.

As was reported Wednesday night, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clarke and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal.

“Anytime you can acquire a player like Slater, it's great,” Rychel said in a team release. “We needed a frontline defenseman. And he is one of the top players in the world at his position.”

He will be in the Spitfires' lineup tonight against Dylan Blujus and Brampton.

The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

ECHL Game Night: 1-9-13

Florida Everblades 4 vs. Toledo Walleye 1

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 11-14-25, -1, 22 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 21 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 16 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-5-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 352 S / 397 SA (.887 SV%)

Big and scrappy forward Leigh Salters scored twice and Pat Nagle stopped all but one of twenty-six shots to lead Florida to a sound decision over Toledo at home Wednesday night. The Everblades came into the game having been pretty efficient on the power play recently and, as they were able to convert on one of just two opportunities with the man-advantage, that trend continued against the Walleye. Hutchings, who now has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the last four games and, again, with NHL teams preparing to open camps this weekend, one might wonder if he's due for a recall to AHL Syracuse, especially given the expected promotion to the big club of a Crunch forward or two. It was Nagle's first start and game action since December 28th. Maxime Langelier-Parent, still recovering from an injury sustained early in the season, were inactive. Florida (16-12-7, 41 PTS) and Toledo (19-14-4, 42 PTS) play the second match of a three-game set on Friday.

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