Sodertalje 2 @ Timra 5
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 20/24, 4.01 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-7-0, 0 SO, 2.80 GAA, .889 sv%
Riku Helenius' winning streak was snapped at two games after he allowed 4 goals in Sodertalje's 5-2 loss the the Elitserien's fifth place club, Timra. With the loss, Sodertalje falls to last place in the league.
Dynamo Riga 2 @ Khabarovsk 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-6-15, -3, 28 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 15:38 in Riga's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-NHLer Mark Hartigan scored his 11th goal of the season in the match for Riga.
Cherepovets 3 @ Astana 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-9-0, 1 SO, 2.91 GAA, .908 sv%
Here comes The Cat. Vasily Koshechkin stopped 26 shots for his second straight win in a 3-1 victory over Astana. Ex-Avs pick Sergei Soin had a helper in the match for Cherepovets.
Dynamo Riga 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-6-15, -3, 28 PIM
Martins Karsums scored the eventual power play game winner in Riga's 3-2 win over Novosibirsk. The forward also took a holding penalty in 15:51 of ice time. Blues first rounder Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 7th goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.
Sodertalje 6 @ Farjestads 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 34/36, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-6-0, 0 SO, 2.67 GAA, .895 sv%
Too little too late? Riku Helenius ran off his second straight win today as Sodertalje defeated Farjestads 6-2. Helenius has improved his GAA to 2.67 and is within percentage points of starter Pontus Sjogren in the save percentage department as he tries to re-claim the starting job for Sodertalje. Farjestads sits in third on the Elitserien table and Sodertalje, adding fuel to the question of whether Helenius deserves another shot to be the starter.
Kazan 5 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 14 PIM
Is Dmitri Kazionov finally hitting his stride. Kazionov had a helper for the second straight game and played 15:24 in Kazan's 5-1 blitzing of Ekaterinburg. Ex-Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen had a pair of goals in the win for Kazan.
Cherepovets 3 @ St. Petersburg 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 38/40, 1.85 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-9-0, 1 SO, 3.04 GAA, .905 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin got back on the horse today, stopping 38 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all three shooters he faced for a 3-2 shootout win over Evgeny Nabokov and St. Petersburg. Cherepovets was outshot 40-22 in the match. Yuri Trubachev scored the shootout winner for Cherepovets.