Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novgorod 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-3-11, -2, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev had his 8th goal of the season in 16:34 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 OT victory over Novgorod. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had the other 2 Yugra goals.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Magnitogorsk, 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/29, 1.00 GAA, .966 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Rafael Batyrshin had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitka to a 2-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 28 for the win.
Joel Vermin has put last year behind him.
The Crunch forward, who finished with a disappointing 18 points in 49 games with Bern of the Swiss A-League, has found a role on one of Syracuse's top lines and registered six points in his first nine games this season.
"Last year was last year," Vermin said. "I don't really think about that too much. It was a learning process for me."
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, E, 10 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
The Hitmen won their second game in as many nights, defeating the Raiders in Prince Albert, 4-2. Marcus Messier, cousin of NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, was scoreless for Prince Albert.
Vladivostok 3 vs. Mytischi 2 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 18:35 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 overtime loss to Admiral Vladivostok. Vladivostok was led by a goal and 3 points from ex-NHLer Enver Lisin, their team captain.
Novosibirsk 1 vs. Bratislava 0 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 27/27, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-6-3, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .916 sv%
Jaroslav Janus suffered a shootout loss in a rare double-shutout after conceding to 5 of 8 shooters in the penalty shot session. Ex-Isles second rounder Mikko Koskinen got the victory at the other end of the rink for Novosibirsk.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 5, 2014 is … Joel Vermin, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).
The Syracuse Crunch needed a flood of goals in a big way on Saturday night, and Joel Vermin was happy to help open the gates.