Yaroslavl 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 17/19, 2.04 GAA, .895 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 21-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .937 sv%
Yaroslavl overcame a goal by former Detroit farmhand Francis Pare to defeat Magnitogorsk 3-1. Loko tacked on an empty net goal with under a minute to close out the tightly contested victory.
Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 38/39, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-11-4, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .894 sv%
Jaroslav Janus helped Slovan overcome a 39-20 shot deficit to defeat Riga 3-1.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk[/b], 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-2-4, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev took a tripping minor in 11:23 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 win over Novosibirsk. Ex-Blackhawks first rounder Mikhail Yakubov had a helper for Yugra in the win.
Also, with Andrey Vasilevskiy off at the WJC's, Ufa defeated St. Petersburg 2-1.
Cherepovets 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 21-8-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .938 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin posted his league leading 7th shutout of the campaign in Magnitigorsk's 4-0 win over his former club, Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had a pair of helpers in the victory. The older Kazionov now has 1 goal and 7 points in 32 games this season.
Bratislava 4 vs. Nizhnekamsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 21/23, 2.00 GAA, .913 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-11-4, 2 SO, 3.02 GAA, .889 sv%
Ex-Sabres draft pick Michal Vondrka had a pair of goals to lead Slovan to a 4-2 win over Nizhnekamsk. Jaroslav Janus got his season record back to .500 with the win.
Khanty-Mansisysk 1 vs. Novokuznetsk 6
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansysk, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-2-4, -7, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev did not dress for Yugra's 6-1 loss to Novokuznetsk. 19 year old defenseman Mark Skutar had a career day with 1 goal and 4 points in the match.
Elsewhere, with Andrey Vasilevskiy away at the WJC's, Ufa defeated Mytischi 5-2.
Spartak Moscow 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-8-6, 6 SO, 1.97 GAA, .936 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk played the role of The Grinch to Spartak, beating them 6-1 on Christmas Day. Ex-Lightning draft pick and current Metallurg assistant captain Dmitri Kazionov had a helper in the victory. Recently added Francis Pare, a former Detroit farmhand, was on the other end of the helper and had 2 goals in the win.