European Leagues

Karjala Cup: Day One 11/11/10

Russia 1 @ Finland 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, SO, 25/25, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%

Ex-Lightning first rounder Alexander Svitov scored with 2:10 left in regulation and Vasily Koshechkin made 25 saves to lift Russia to a 1-0 win over Finland in Day One of the Karjala Cup. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo sat backup in the match for the Finns.

In the tournament's other match, Sweden edged Czech Republic 4-3 on the strength of three third period goals. Recent Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for Sweden.

Koshechkin on Russia's Karjala Cup Roster

Despite a rough start to his season with Severstal Cherepovets of the Russian KHL, Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin has made the Russian national team for the Karjala Cup leg of the EuroTour tournaments, which is set to begin tomorrow. Koshechkin is the only current Lightning property to make the tournament, which features the best club players in Europe from Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Former Lightning properties who will suit up in the tournament include Lukas Krajicek and Marek Kvapil for the Czech Republic, Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo for Finland, Alexander Svitov for Russia, and Niklas Persson for Sweden.

European Game Day: 11/6/10

HV 71 6 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 6.35 GAA
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .873 GAA

Riku Helenius spelled starter Pontus Sjogren at 10:33 of the third period after Sodertalje had fallen behind 5-0 today. The club eventually lost 6-1. Ex-Devils pick Teemu Laine had a goal for HV 71.

Cherepovets 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .904 sv%

Wow. Vasily Koshechkin sat backup behind third string netminder Sergei Borisov today in Cherepovets' 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. It was the 25 year old Borisov's first game of the season. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of goals in the win for Severstal.

KHL Game Day: 11/5/10

Mytischi 3 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 11:38 in Kazan's 4-3 win over Mytischi. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had two goals and an assist for Mytischi and ex-Thrashers pick Ilya Nikulin had one goal and two assists in the match for Kazan.

European Game Day: 11/4/10

Sodertalje 3 @ Skelleftea 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 2.98 GAA, .876 sv%

Riku Helenius did not play in Sodertalje's 4-3 shootout loss to Skelleftea. Calgary first rounder Tim Erixon scored a goal in the match for Skelleftea, assisted by former Blues first rounder David Rundblad.

Cherepovets 2 @ Novosibirsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Rangers prospect Ilkka Heikkinen had one goal and one assist in the match for Novosibirsk.

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