MHL (Russia Jr.)
Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. 4 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Shootout Win, 27/31, 3.69 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 15-3-0, 1 SO, 1.92 GAA, .930 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski turned away both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to help stake Ufa Jr. to a 5-4 win over Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. Vasilevski remains unbeaten after regulation with 3 wins in the shootout. Despite the victory, though, Vasilevski's save percentage continues to erode from its stratospheric heights of the early season. One wonders if the 18 year old netminder, who has started all 18 of Ufa Jr.'s games, may have some fatigue setting in. Ufa Jr. plays Omsk Jr. next on Wednesday.
Brynas 3 vs. Skelleftea 2
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 4 PIM
Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 3-2 win over Skelleftea. Sebastien Enterfeldt scored the game winner for Brynas with 34 seconds left in the Third Period to seal the victory. Brynas draws Vaxjo Lakers next on Saturday.
Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Bratislava 5 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 29/33, 3.74 GAA, .879 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-4-1, 2 SO, 2.18 GAA, .926 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away all three attempts he faced in the penalty shot session, including one by Oilers first rounder Nail Yakupov, to lead Bratislava to a 5-4 win over Nizhnekamsk. The young Russian did manage 1 goal and 1 assist in regulation though. The victory is Janus' third after regulation this season. Slava gets Ufa on Saturday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. 2 vs. Ufa Jr. 0
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 16/18, 2.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 14-3-0, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .934 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski suffered his third loss of the season as Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. shut out Ufa Jr. 2-0. The two teams rematch on Friday.
Brynas 4 vs. Rogle 3
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 4 PIM
Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 4-3 win over Rogle. Red Wings draft pick Calle Jarnkrok had 1 goal and 2 assists in the game for Brynas, including the game winning goal. Brynas faces Skelleftea on Thursday.
Donetsk 4 vs. Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 33/37, 4.00 GAA, .892 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-7-1, 2 SO, 2.04 GAA, .933 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Ruslan Fedotenko had a helper for Donetsk in their 4-1 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Cherepovets is off until next Monday when they'll play Chekhov.
VHL (Russia 2)
Tver 5 vs. Kurgan 3
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 7 GP, 2-5-7, -2 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev (pictured) had an even strength goal and a power play assist in 16:36 of ice time in Tver's 5-3 win over Kurgan. The multi-point effort puts Gusev at a point a game pace in Russia's second best men's league. Tver draws Karaganda next on Saturday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Tyumen Jr. 3 vs. Ufa Jr. 4 (SO)
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Shootout Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 14-2-0, 1 SO, 1.80 GAA, .936 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski turned away 4 of 5 shooters in the penalty shot session to lead Ufa Jr. to a 4-3 shootout win over Tyumen Jr. The victory is Vasilevski's second shootout win this year in two tries. A Lightning goaltender that's good in shootouts? Be still, my beating heart. Ufa Jr. faces Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. on Thursday.
Novosibirsk 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 9 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov took a roughing minor that led to the game winning power play goal in 11:39 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 2-1 loss to Novosibirsk. Assisting on the winner? Former Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc. Chelyabinsk faces Mytischi on Saturday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Tyumen Jr. 2 vs. Ufa Jr. 3
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 13-2-0, 1 SO, 1.73 GAA, .938 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski (pictured) turned away 37 shots to lead Ufa Jr. to a 3-2 win over Tyumen Jr. That gives Vasilevski 12 regulation wins and 1 shootout victory this season. The two clubs rematch on Tuesday.
In other news, forward Nikita Gusev has been loaned by CSKA to Tver of the VHL. Through 6 games with Tver, Gusev has 1 goal and 5 points with a -3 rating and 2 penalty minutes. Tver plays Zaural Kurgan tomorrow. The VHL is the second highest mens league in Russia behind the KHL. Tver is CSKA's Vysshaya Hockey League affiliate.
This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The envelope, please.
The Prospect of the Week for the week ending October 2 is … Andrei Vasilevski, goaltender, Ufa Jr. (MHL - Russia).
Yes, Vasilevski won last week, too. We can’t help it; he’s good.
This past week our top overall prospect in the Lightning organization went 3-0 with a save percentage of .953 and a goals against average barely over one.