Togliatti 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 14/16, 2.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%
It's been a long haul, but Koshechkin has managed to even his record at .500 for the season. Togliatti has been the beneficiary, creeping up to 6th in the standings in their conference with today's win.
Kazan 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Little brother Denis won the battle on the scoresheet, assisting on Ekaterinburg's only goal, but older brother Dimitry's team Kazan won the war. Denis played 12:24 in the match while Dimitry had 14:07 in ice time. Kazan was led by former NHLer Alexei Morozov, who had 2 goals and an assist in the match.
Dynamo Moscow 6 @ Khabarovsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
Harju has had 11 shots in the past two games, but still can't seem to buy a goal. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark, however, had 2 goals in the match. Dynamo also got a pair of goals from former NHLer Vitali Yachmenev as well.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Montreal Junior 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1,+1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-10-11, +1, 18 PIM
Barberio set up the tie-breaking goal while on the power play in the second period. The Wildcats scored an insurance goal late in the second and held on for the win. Barberio has points in five of his last six games. Barberio is tied for 10th in the league among defenseman in scoring. Monctonâ€™s three-headed defensive monster of Barberio, David Savard (Blue Jackets) and Brandon Gormley (2010) all have 11 points or more.
Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, -5, 20 PIM
Lethbridge has dropped four in a row, this one to perennial basement dweller turned powerhouse Portland. The Winterhawks lead the Western Conference (you read that right) with 20 points. Theyâ€™re tied with Calgary for the WHL lead in points after finishing last in their conference the last three seasons. Ashton assisted on the tying goal for the Hurricanes, but they fell in overtime.
Omsk 1 @ CSKA 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6, 1 SO, 1.99 GAA, .906 sv%
Ramo pitched the first shutout of his young KHL career, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a razor thin 1-0 victory. Former NHLer Anton Babchuk scored the lone goal of the entire match.
Togliatti 5 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7, 2 SO, 2.22 GAA, .922 sv%
Togliatti and Koshechkin continue to ride the roller coaster this season. Today, Lada managed to knock off first place Magnitogorsk. Former NHL first rounder Stan Chistov had the only goal of the match for Magnitogorsk.
Kazan 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov got back on track, notching his 4th goal of the season in 12:01 of ice time. Former NHLer, and arguably the best player in the KHL, Alexei Morozov scored the overtime winner for Kazan.
Nizhnekamsk 7 @ Ekaterinburg 6
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM
Ekaterinburg's freshman kicker must have missed the extra point. The younger Kazionov played 8:11 in the match, and assisted on Alexander Streltsov's first goal of the season.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 6 PIM
Harju's miserable first half continued with another scoreless day at the rink. Harju played 15:04 in the match and was 69% on draws, but the scoresheet still eluded him, despite 5 shots on goal. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had the winning goal in the match for Dynamo.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-3-10, -5, 18 PIM
Lethbridge has dropped three in a row and sits in last in the Eastern Conference at 4-9-0-1. Ashton, who is scoreless in two, started on a line with Mitch Maxwell (WHL rookie) and Carter Bancks (undrafted). Ashton is first on the team in goals and third in points.
Here's your stat of the week:
Through six games, Norfolk's goaltenders have a combined 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage. Mind you, they're 2-4-0 as a group, but you'd have to believe that if Tokarski, Helenius, and Janus keep this up the Admirals are going to be in great shape.
I mean, it's not like Martins Karsums can stay scoreless forever, right?
Togliatti 2 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 32/32, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .920 sv%
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin got back on track in a big way with his second shutout of the season against Ekaterinburg, which has dropped back into the cellar of its conference. Denis Kazionov took a 4 minute high sticking double minor in the contest and played 11:46 in the match.
Kazan 1 @ Magnitogorsk 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 10 PIM
Magnitogorsk managed to cool off the elder Kazionov, who has been hot of late, holding him to just 1 shot on goal in 12:27 of ice time. Kazan is clinging to a disappointing 8th place in their conference thus far. Former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov had an assist in the contest and older brother Sergei also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ St. John Sea Dogs 3 (OT)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-9-10, E, 14 PIM
Barberioâ€™s four game points streak came to an end in a loss to provincial rival St. John.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Third Star*
Season: 8 GP, 6-1-1-0, 2.98 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play.
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 16 PIM
Zador won his fifth straight start when he went 3 for 3 in the shootout to beat the Soo. Heâ€™s now dropped his GAA from near 6 to under 3. The Greyhounds have lost five straight, but at least they earned a point in this one. No official news as to why DeCoste â€“ who has been struggling despite being expected this year to bring offensive leadership - was scratched.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 0
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +8, 2 PIM
Panikâ€™s short three game scoreless streak came to an end when he scored in the first period. Playing on a line with likely 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall and Devils third rounder Adam Henrique, it should be just a matter of time for Panik to explode offensively.
Ottawa 67â€™s 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM
Ottawa broke their seven game winless streak, but Sointu remains out of the lineup.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 7-3-10, -4, 18 PIM
Oilers super prospect Jordan Eberle scored twice for the Pats.
Mercyhurst Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The Broncos moved to 2-0 with a weekend sweep of the Lakers. Witkowski was minus-1 for the game.