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KHL Game Day: 1-26-13

KHL (Russia):
Khabarovsk 4 vs. Dynamo Riga 2
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, DNP
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 19 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 25 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not dress for Khabarovsk's 4-2 win over Riga. Riga is now captained by former Lightning forward Martins Karsums, who was scoreless in the defeat. Khabarovsk plays Spartak Moscow on Monday.

Ufa 4 vs. Astana 6
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, No Decision, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy came played 13:17 and stopped the only shot he faced in Ufa's 6-4 loss to Astana. Astana got 2 goals and 3 points from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in the win. Ufa plays Khanty-Mansiysk on Monday.

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +6, 14 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for tripping in 15:31 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 2-0 shutout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo was led by ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil's game winning goal. Traktor plays St. Petersburg on Monday.

Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 21/21, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 26-17-3, 7 SO, 2.05 GAA, .925 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 28/31, 3.00 GAA, .903 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 24-14-4, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .932 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) posted his league leading 7th shutout of the season for Cherepovets to best Bratislava and fellow Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus 3-0. The big netminder got 1 goal and 3 points from ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov in the win. The younger Kazionov now has 13 goals and 19 points in 40 games this season. Red hot Cherepovets plays Praha on Monday. Bratislava faces Dinamo Minsk.

NCAA Game Night: 1-25-13

No. 8 Yale Bulldogs 3 @ No. 18 Cornell Big Red 2 (OT)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 10 PIM

Yale’s Stu Wilson scored midway through overtime to give the Bulldogs a win vs the Big Red.

Clarkson Golden Knights 5 @ Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 8 PIM

This won’t sit well with the Crimson faithful. Harvard led 1-0 after one period, then allowed five unanswered goals to a team that came into the game with a 4-12-6 record – worse than the 5-11-1 Crimson. Harvard, who lost 4-1 to Union on Tuesday, is now 3-10 in the ECAC. On the plus side, Brian Hart had another point, his third in three games.

Bowling Green State Falcons 1 @ No. 6 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Miami got two goals from Cody Murphy (undrafted) to come from behind and defeat the Falcons, 2-1.

No. 16 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ No. 5 North Dakota 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

North Dakota was outshot 33-16 at home en route to a 3-1 loss. O’Donnell was out of the UND lineup for the third consecutive game.

Connecticut Huskies 1 @ No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (Tuesday)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 7-7-14, +8, 18 PIM

Peca banged home a rebound on Tuesday to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead, then had the primary assist on the game-winning goal, scored late in the third period. UConn’s Matt Grogan (undrafted) made 48 saves in the loss.

No. 14 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 31 saves on 33 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 16-3-4, 1.73 GAA, .924 sv%, 3 SO

The Mavs scored with 44 seconds left in regulation to upset top-ranked Minnesota, 2-1. On the game winner, Wilcox (pictured, Minnesota Daily photo) made the initial save from in front, but the puck skittered to his left where an unmarked Brett Knowles potted home the winner. Wilcox and the Mavericks' Stephon Williams (undrafted) came into the weekend first and second, respectively, in the WCHA in goals against average. Williams made 37 saves in the win.

Michigan Wolverines 2 @ No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 24 PIM

Luke Witkowski notched his seventh point of the season in a 3-2 home win over Michigan. After the game, Witkowski tweeted that he wasn’t at his personal best, but “the boys won.” Spoken like a true captain.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Out-Dueled By Sens in Shootout

By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a proverbial staring contest, and neither netminder blinked.

Twenty scoreless minutes turned into 40, and before either the Syracuse Crunch or the Binghamton Senators were able to light the lamp, regulation had passed.

With 67 saves split between them, Robin Lehner stonewalled the Crunch and Dustin Tokarski came up big against the Senators, each keeping the game scoreless through an extra five minutes.

Stephane Da Costa was the first and only one to break through, scoring the lone shootout goal for Binghamton, as Syracuse dropped its fourth straight, 1-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-25-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 11-15-26, +4, 2 PIM
With R-N: 9 GP, 8-8-16, +5, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the second straight game since returning from an upper body injury. His Huskies outshot the Sags, 27-19, but fell at home, 4-2. The Huskies have lost four in a row and seven of their past 10.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Guelph scored a big home win over division-rival Owen Sound, 2-1. Tanner Richard was scoreless for the victors. Blues goalie prospect Jordan Binnington has been near unbeatable lately, but Guelph was able to sneak two by him for their sixth straight win.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek (pictured, Windsor Star photo) is out for the season with an injured shoulder. He had the shoulder examined by Lightning doctors who recommended he have surgery on it for the second year in a row. He should be ready for Lightning camp next fall, though barring unforeseen circumstances, he will ultimately return to the OHL next season.

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