European Leagues

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.

KHL Game Day: 12-6-11

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 6-9-15, +12, 20 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 9:50 in Chelyabnisk's 2-1 overtime win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-Leafs draft pick Vladimir Antipov had the overtime winner. The two teams rematch on Friday.

Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil had the winner for Dynamo, his 6th of the season. Cherepovets draws Novgorod on Thursday.

Word on the street: the latest rumor is that Nikita Kucherov may have been nicked in the Subway Super Series and that the Russian Hockey Federation may be holding him out of play to keep him healthy for the U20 World Junior Championships. Grain of salt.

Elitserien Game Day: 12-5-11

Lulea 2 @ Brynas 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 9-5-14, +4, 8 PIM

Lulea snatched victory from the iron jaws of defeat today, stealing an OT win from Brynas 2-1. Trailing 1-0 with 29 seconds left to play, ex-Blues draft pick Simon Hjalmarsson potted a power play goal to force the extra period. And then, 31 seconds into overtime, Mattias Persson potted the winner. Grand theft larceny. Lulea faces Vaxjo on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA's senior or junior side today.

KHL Game Day: 12-4-11

KHL (Russia)
Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Cherepovets 1
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' 3-1 loss to Minsk. Cherepovets plays Dynamo Moscow on Tuesday.

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