LG Hockey Games: Day One
Russia 5 @ Finland 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin did not dress in Russia's 5-3 win over Finland. Russia's first line featured two former BoltProspects: center Alexei Glukhov and winger Evgeny Artyukhin. Both assisted on Russia's final goal, which was an empty-netter by former NHLer Maxim Afinogenov. Artyukhin also had a goal in the match. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 28 shots to take the loss for the Finns. Finland also features former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala. Glukhov, a 2002 9th round pick, has 5 goals and 17 points in 51 games this season for Mytischi of the Russian KHL.
In the day's other match, Sweden clubbed the Czech Republic 6-1. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for the Swedes. The Czech Republic's lineup includes former Lightning draft pick Ivan Rachunek, a 1999 7th rounder who has 17 goals and 34 points in 49 games this season for Zlin of the Czech Extraliga.