Khabarovsk 2 @ Cherepovets 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 15/17, 1.85 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-14-0, 2 SO, 2.98 GAA, .905 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced to seal Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout win over Khabarovsk. Former Brown netminder Yann Danis was the hard luck loser for Khabarovsk after stopping 44 of 46 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. Former Sens draft pick Alexander Nikulin had both goals for Khabarovsk in the loss.
Kazan 2 @ Yaroslavl 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-4-6, +5, 28 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in just 8:54 of ice time in Kazan's 3-2 loss to Yaroslavl. Ex-Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen had a pair of assists in the loss for Kazan.
Lulea 1 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-0, 0 SO, 2.88 GAA, .888 sv%
A very well rested Riku Helenius, who hasn't seen a start in about a month for Sodertalje, stopped 29 shots today in the club's 3-1 win over Lulea. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll scored the game winning goal. Sodertalje maintained a 3 point lead over 11th place AIK in their quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien and actually pulled into a tie with Frolunda and MODO at 60 points in the standings. As of today, MODO would have the tiebreak and finish in 8th place and get a playoff berth. Suddenly, though, Sodertalje not only has the chance to miss the promotion/relegation tournament, but they might actually see playoff hockey. Amazing. Wouldn't it be neat if Helenius helped lead them there?
Novosibirsk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-14-0, 2 SO, 3.03 GAA, .906 sv%
Rostislav Stana got the start for Cherepovets and made 25 saves in their 4-2 win over Novosibirsk. Cherepovets got a goal from former Lightning forward Martin Cibak in the match, which was his 8th of the season.
Djurgardens 1 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-0, 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .880 sv%
Starter Pontus Sjogren had 22 saves to lead Sodertalje to a 2-1 win over Djurgardens. Sodertalje now holds a 3 point lead in the standings over AIK and Timra in their quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien.
Kazan 1 @ Mansiysk 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 28 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov took a minor for holding in 13:22 in Kazan's 2-1 loss to Yugra. Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had Kazan's only goal in the match.
Dynamo Riga 4 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 15-13-28, -4, 46 PIM
Martins Karsums had a goal and assisted on a pair of Janis Sprukts goals to help lead Riga to a 4-3 win over Minsk. Karsums had a very effective 13:20 of ice time in the match. Sprukts, a former Panthers draft pick, also had a helper in the match. Minsk was led by 1 goal and 1 assist by former NHLer Petr Sykora and former Predators draft pick Konstantin Glazachev.