European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 1-16-12

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 3 @ Khabarovsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 13-8-0, 3 SO, 2.58 GAA, .919 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup in Cherepovets' 32 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Devils draft pick Petr Vrana scored his 20th of the season in defeat for Amur. Cherepovets faces Novosibirsk next on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 1-14-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HPK 1 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-6-0, 6 SO, 1.48 GAA, .937 sv%

With Riku Helenius getting both ends of the back-to-back, it's fair to say he's moved past Joni Myllykoski and is now the clear #1 for JYP. He stopped 23 today in the club's 2-1 win over HPK and was named second star in the match. We may need to start the official campaign to bring Helenius back to North America on Bolt Prospects the way things are going. JYP has climbed into the top-6 in the SM-liiga and now faces Karpat on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Novokuznetsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 23/27, 2.77 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 13-8-0, 3 SO, 2.58 GAA, .919 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin stopped 2 of 3 shooters in the shootout session as Cherepovets defeated Novokuznetsk 4-3. As a reminder, Bolt Prospects tracks goaltender wins and losses according to North American scoring standards, so while Koshechkin doesn't get credit with a clean win by KHL statistics, he gets one in ours. Cherepovets faces Amur next on Monday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Ekaterinburg Jr. 5 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 7-9-16, +9, 22 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was sent down to Chelyabinsk's MHL team and took a minor penalty and was -1 in their loss to Ekaterinburg Jr. The big club for Chelyabinsk plays Mytischi on Sunday. Chelyabinsk Jr. doesn't play again until Thursday against Magnitogorsk Jr.

Nikita Kucherov and CSKA Jr. don't play again until Wednesday against Minsk Jr.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Frolunda 1 @ Lulea 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 10-7-17, +7, 6 PIM

Johan Harju took a minor for holding and failed on his only shootout attempt in Lulea's 2-1 shootout win over Frolunda. Harju has fallen to 4th on the team in scoring. With 17 games left in the regular season, Lulea sits in 3rd in the league, 5 points back of Skelleftea for the top spot on the league table. Lulea draws Timra next on Thursday.

European Game Day: 1-13-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 14-6-0, 6 SO, 1.50 GAA, .936 sv%

Riku Helenius (pictured) got his third straight start and third straight win for JYP in their 5-2 victory over HIFK. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of helpers in the win for JYP. They face HPK on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Nikita Nesterov was again a scratch for Chelyabinsk as they fell 2-1 in the shootout to Ekaterinburg.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Nikita Kucherov did not suit up in CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 overtime win over Chekhov Jr.

European Game Day: 1-11-12 and 1-12-12

KHL (Russia):
1-11-12
St. Petersburg 0 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 36/36, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-8-0, 3 SO, 2.57 GAA, .920 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin made 36 saves to blank St. Petersburg 4-0. It's an impressive shutout for Koshechkin considering SKA currently paces the league in the standings. Cherepovets faces Novokuznetsk next on Saturday.

Nikita Nesterov did not dress for Chelyabinsk of 1-10-12 in their 3-2 shootout loss to Khanty-Manisysk. Cheyabinsk faces Ekaterinburg on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
1-12-12
CSKA Jr. 7 @ Chekhov Jr. 0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 16 GP, 15-15-30, +10, 28 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength and power play goal as CSKA Jr. rolled Chekhov Jr. 7-0. Back to business as usual. The two teams rematch on Friday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
1-12-12
Brynas 3 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 12 PIM

Wings draft pick Calle Jarnkrok recorded a hat trick in Brynas' 3-1 win over Lulea. Senators draft pick Jakob Silfverberg recorded the primary assist on all 3 goals. Johan Harju took an interference minor that led to Jarnkrok's second goal, which was on the power play. Lulea draws Frolunda next on Saturday.

European Game Day: 1-10-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Pelicans 2 @ JYP 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 13-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .937 sv%

In a rare back-to-back start situation, Riku Helenius stopped 28 to help lead JYP to a 4-2 win over Pelicans Lahti. Does this signal that Helenius has moved out of his tandem situation with co-number one Joni Myllykoski? Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the victory. JYP faces HIFK next on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 0 @ Astana Jr. 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 15 GP, 13-15-28, +8, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov took a pair of minors for slashing in CSKA Jr.'s 3-0 loss to Astana Jr. It was the first game back in the lineup for Kucherov and his teammate Nikita Gusev after the U20 WJC's. CSKA Jr. faces Chekhov Jr. next on Thursday.

Nikita Nesterov was not in the lineup today for Chelyabinsk Jr. in their 5-0 loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. Nesterov is likely to return to Chelyabinsk's KHL team when he returns to action following his U20 WJC stint.

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