Russia 7 @ OHL All-Stars 10
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Vladislav Namestnikov, Russia, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
In a wild one, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov assisted on a Nikita Gusev goal and Nikita Nesterov added a power play assist, but it was not enough as Russia fell 10-7 to the OHL All-Stars. Ex-Lightning rookie camper Seth Griffith had 1 goal and 3 points for the OHL in the win. The two squads will square off again on Monday.
QMJHL All-Stars 4 @ Russia 5 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament total: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
Wow. In a series often dominated by the CHL's all-star teams because the Russians send their second and third string juniors, Russia has had a stunning start. Tonight, they defeated the QMJHL All-Stars 5-4 in the shootout to sweep the opening leg of the Subway Superseries. Up next: the OHL All-Stars tomorrow night. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) helped lead the way with the game opening goal and a helper on a late goal that fell 15 seconds short of being the winner. He also converted on his lone shootout attempt. For his part, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was also a solid +3 in the match.
TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.
Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.
Russia 2 @ QMJHL 0
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament toals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Sergey Kostenko had a 42 save shutout to lead badly outshot Russia over the QMJHL All-Stars 2-0. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was second on Russia with 3 shots on goal. Russia mustered just 12 attempts on net on losing goaltender Maxime Lagace.
Game 2 is on Wednesday, when Nikita Nesterov may make his first appearance.
Dynamo Riga 1 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-6-0, 1 SO, 2.71 GAA, .918 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets rode into the Karjala break in style with a 4-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had Dynamo's lone goal, which was his 9th of the year. Cherepovets is off until a week from Wednesday when they'll play Mytischi.
Johan Harju is on Sweden's initial roster for the Karjala tournament. Russia has yet to release theirs, which typically has included Koshechkin. Finland's roster features ex-Lightning players Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo while Czech Republic's features ex-Lightning picks Ivan Rachunek and Marek Kvapil.