European Leagues

European Game Day: 12-11-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Novgorod 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup in Cherepovets' 4-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Bruins prospect Mikko Lehtonen had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory. Cherepovets is now off until 12/21, when the play Omsk, for the Channel One Cup break.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 3 @ Frolunda 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +6, 10 PIM

Lulea held off a furious 2 goal third period rally by Frolunda to win 3-2. They're off now until the day after Christmas, 12/26, when they will face MODO.

SM-liiga Game Day: 12-10-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Lukko 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .932 sv%

Remember the days when Riku Helenius (pictured) allowing 1 goal in a win would have been exciting? Now, if he doesn't get a shutout, we wonder what went wrong. He's raised the bar that much this season. In fairness, he somewhat made up for it by assisting on JYP's opening goal by Jani Tuppuainen. JYP now sails off into the Channel One Cup break and won't play again until the Tuesday after Christmas against SaiPa. The Channel One Cup will run from 12/15 through 12/18.

SM-liiga Game Day: 12-9-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Blues 3 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup as JYP fell to Espoo 3-1. JYP faces Lukko on Saturday.

European Game Day: 12-8-11

KHL (Russia):
Novgorod 3 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin again sat backup in Cherepovets' 3-2 loss to Novgorod. The two teams will rematch on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 4 @ Vaxjo 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-5-15, +5, 10 PIM

Johan Harju had an empty net goal and a minor for hooking in Lulea's 4-2 win over Vaxjo. The goal moves Harju into the top-10 in the league in scoring. He is tied with 3 others, including former Edmonton prospect Rob Schremp, for 8th, 4 back of the league leader. Lulea faces AIK next on Sunday.

SM-liiga Game Day: 12-7-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 0 @ Pelicans 1 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup to Joni Myllykoski as Myllykoski posted his first shutout of the season (Helenius has 6) only to fall to defeat in the shootout. JYP outshot Lahti 33-24 in the match, but no cigar. JYP draws Blues Espoo on Friday.

Elsewhere, Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Nesterov have been named to Russia's 2012 U20 World Junior Championships preliminary roster, and began participation in Russia's pre-tournament camp which will run from 12/7 to 12/18 in Novogorsk.

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