JYP 3 @ HIFK 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%
HIFK held off a furious rally that included 2 goals in the final 4 minutes of regulation to edge JYP 4-3. HIFK's game winner came off the stick of former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori while former Lightning forward Eric Perrin contributed a helper for JYP. JYP is off until Friday's match with SaiPa.
AIK 0 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM
Just weeks separated from his U20 WJC Gold Medal triumph with Team Sweden, netminder Johan Gustafsson made 29 stops to help Lulea blank AIK 3-0. Gustafsson was a 6th round draft pick of the Wild in the 2010 draft. Johan Harju took a minor for hooking in the match. Lulea gets Linkopings on Wednesday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Magnitogorsk Jr. 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 28 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM
Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist and a minor penalty in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. The two clubs rematch on Friday.
Lulea 0 @ Timra 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
In a barn burner, Joakim Lundstrom made 34 saves in his 1-0 overtime shutout of Lulea. Lulea faces AIK on Saturday.
St. Petersburg 0 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 36/36, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-8-0, 3 SO, 2.57 GAA, .920 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin made 36 saves to blank St. Petersburg 4-0. It's an impressive shutout for Koshechkin considering SKA currently paces the league in the standings. Cherepovets faces Novokuznetsk next on Saturday.
Nikita Nesterov did not dress for Chelyabinsk of 1-10-12 in their 3-2 shootout loss to Khanty-Manisysk. Cheyabinsk faces Ekaterinburg on Friday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 7 @ Chekhov Jr. 0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 16 GP, 15-15-30, +10, 28 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov had an even strength and power play goal as CSKA Jr. rolled Chekhov Jr. 7-0. Back to business as usual. The two teams rematch on Friday.
Brynas 3 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 12 PIM
Wings draft pick Calle Jarnkrok recorded a hat trick in Brynas' 3-1 win over Lulea. Senators draft pick Jakob Silfverberg recorded the primary assist on all 3 goals. Johan Harju took an interference minor that led to Jarnkrok's second goal, which was on the power play. Lulea draws Frolunda next on Saturday.
JYP 2 @ Tappara 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 32/33, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 12-6-0, 6 SO, 1.44 GA, .937 sv%
Riku Helenius stopped 32 shots in his first game back from a shoulder injury to lead JYP to a 2-1 lead over Tappara. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin scored JYP's opening goal. JYP draws Pelicans Lahti next on Tuesday.
Mytischi 3 @ Cherepovets 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-0, 2 SO, 2.57 GAA, .919 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Cherepovets' 3-0 loss to Mytischi. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a helper in the match for Mytischi. Cherepovets draws Novgorod next on Monday.
Traktor Chelyabinsk's first game since the U20 WJC's is on Monday against Magnitogorsk. We'll see if Nikita Nesterov makes his KHL return in that match. CSKA's next match is against Khabarovsk on Sunday, but in all likelihood Nikita Kucherov will return to CSKA's MHL side. CSKA Jr. returns to action Monday against Astana Jr.
Lulea 1 @ MODO 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 10 PIM
Ex-NHLer Niklas Sundstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead MODO to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea draws Brynas on Thursday.
KalPa 4 @ JYP 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .934 sv%
Riku Helenius did not dress for JYP's 4-0 defeat to KalPa. According to Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, he suffered a shoulder injury in JYP's last match which will not require surgery. JYP gets Tappara next on Tuesday.
Skelleftea 2 @ Lulea 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 12-6-18, +6, 10 PIM
Johan Harju returned to the lineup after missing 1 game with a shoulder injury of his own and scored on 3 of 3 attempts in the shootout, including the winner, to lead Lulea to a 3-2 victory over Skelleftea. One of the little foibles of Swedish hockey is they count shootout winners as goals in their stats, so that's Harju's 12th of the season, tying him for 8th in the league in goals. So, the Swedes give their skaters too much credit and the Russians and Finns give their goaltenders too little for shootout exploits. Lulea gets MODO next on Saturday.