Sodertalje 3 @ Frolunda 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-9-0, 0 SO, 2.81 GAA, .892 sv%
Can you feel the Riku-mentum? Riku Helenius won his second consecutive start leading Sodertalje to a 3-2 win over Frolunda. The victory propels his team into sole posession of the 8th spot on the Elitserien table, representing the last playoff spot in the league, with just 10 games to go in the regular season. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll scored a pair of goals to help provide the offensive support for Helenius in the match.
Kazan 5 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 30 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 10:45 in Kazan's 5-2 blowout win over Mytischi. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev scored his 2nd goal of the season in the win for Kazan.
Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 15-13-28, -4, 46 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 16:41 in Riga's 2-1 loss to CSKA. Ex-Avs pick Denis Parshin scored the game-winning goal for CSKA.
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.