European Leagues

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3/25/11

Sodertalje 2 @ Vaxjo 3 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, SOL, 0/0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

It's the sort of thing you don't see everyday: backup Riku Helenius spelled Pontus Sjogren in the shootout and allowed 2 of 4 shooters to convert in Sodertalje's 3-2 shootout loss to Vaxjo. Ex-Panthers draft pick Dustin Johner, who appeared for the Lightning during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament many years ago, had a pair of assists in the victory. Sodertalje forced overtime after Mathias Mansson scored with the goaltender pulled with just 56 seconds left in regulation. Vaxjo moves into the lead in the Kval till Elitserien at the halfway point of the schedule with 12 points in the standings. Sodertalje is 1 point back at 11 points and MODO is 2 points back at 10 points. MODO fell to Rogle 2-1 in a shootout today. Sodertalje will play Vaxjo again on Monday. 5 games remain in the Kval till Elitserien, and the top two teams will play in the Elitserien next season with the remaining teams going to the second tier Allsvenskan league.

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3/23/11

Orebro 2 @ Sodertalje 3 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Mattias Carlsson scored 1:23 into overtime to cap a 3-2 Sodertalje comeback victory over Allsvenskan club Orebro. Elsewhere, MODO defeated Vaxjo 1-0 in overtime, allowing Sodertalje to move into first place in the Kval till Elitserien by virtue of the goal differential tiebreak. Sodertalje and Vaxjo have 10 points in the standings while MODO sits at 9. Sodertalje draws Vaxjo on Friday.

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3/19/11

Sodertalje 6 @ Rogle 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux had 1 goal and 1 assist in Sodertalje's 6-2 spanking of Rogle in their 3rd game of the Kvall til Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius has yet to appear in the promotion/relegation round, which is quickly shaping up to be a race of 3 teams vying for 2 spots in Sweden's top league next season. Vaxjo currently sits in 1st on the table 1 point up on Sodertalje and 2 points up on MODO. MODO and Vaxjo will play in the next round of matches, so Sodertalje should be able to make some headway on one of the clubs if they can defeat 5th place Orebro.

European Game Day: 3/17/11

Kval till Elitserien
Mora 1 @ Sodertalje 6
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-St. Cloud State forward Ryan Lasch had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Sodertalje to a 6-1 blunt force pounding of Mora in their second game of the Kval till Elitserien. Sodertalje now sits in 2nd on the Kval till Elitserien table, 1 point back of Allsvenskan team Vaxjo and 1 point ahead of fellow Elitserien team MODO. 8 games remain in the promotion/relegation season.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Kazan 0 @ (3)Ufa 1
Ufa Wins the Series 4-1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Happy trails to defending Gagarin Cup champions Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Kings goalie Erik Ersberg made 27 saves for a 1-0, Game Five shutout win for Ufa to seal the series win. Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov had Ufa's only goal. Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 13:36 in the match.

That brings to a conclusion the Lightning prospect season in Russia. Yaroslavl and Ufa have already clinched spots in their respective conferences, while St. Petersburg has a 3-2 series lead over Mytischi and former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo's Omsk club holds a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk.

KHL Game Day: 3/16/11

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)Yaroslavl 5 @ (7)Dynamo Riga 4 (OT)
Yaroslavl Wins the Series 4-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 8 PIM

Alexander Kalyanin scored 5:09 into overtime to life Lokomotiv to a 5-4 victory and eliminate Riga in Game Five of their semifinal series. Ex-NHLer Pavol Demitra had a goal in the match for Yaroslavl. Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:30 of ice time.

With Karsums' club season over, he'll await a spot on Latvia's World Championships team.

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