Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 42/44, 2.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .925 sv%
Just a reminder: veteran goaltender and Lightning 2002 draft pick Vasily Koshechkin is still one of the best goaltenders in all of Russia. He stopped 42 shots today to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums was scoreless in the match for Riga. Cherepovets draws Mytischi on Sunday.
CSKA 2 @ Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov was a scratch in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to Khabarovsk. CSKA faces St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Lulea 1 @ Brynas 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 2 PIM
Johan Harju had a minor for high sticking and failed to convert on a third period penalty shot in Lulea's 1-0 win over Brynas. Ex-Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist stopped 19 shots for Brynas in the loss. Lulea plays MODO on Saturday. The team is currently tied with Frolunda and Skelleftea at 17 points for the best mark in the league.
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%
Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.
CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM
Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.
CSKA 3 @ Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Finally! Something good happens for Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov! The young sniper assisted on a Dmitri Monya third period goal in 9:05 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. It was Kucherov's first point of the season. CSKA gets Novokuznetsk next on Tuesday.