Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 36/41, 5.00 GAA, .878 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, .913 sv%
Jaromir Jagr had a pair of goals in Omsk's 5-1 pasting of Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo turned away 22 shots for the win for Avangard.
Novosibirsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Dynamo Riga fell to Novosibirsk 3-2 despite a pair of goals by forward Tomas Surovy. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:57 of ice time.
Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.
Russian website championat.ru is reporting a rumor sourced to Sport-Express that goaltender Vasily Koshechkin may possibly play next season for KHL club Mytischi. Koshechkin split last season between Togliatti and Magnitogorsk of the KHL and was reportedly an option to be signed by the Lightning this summer if ex-GM Brian Lawton had remained in Tampa Bay. Mytischi added Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov to its roster earlier this offseason and recently re-signed former Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov.
Gold Medal Match
Russia 1 @ Czech Republic 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves and held Russia scoreless until a late empty-net goal by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk as the Czech Republic stunned Russia 2-1 to win World Championships gold. Russian starter Semyon Varlamov had 23 saves in the loss. Russia gets the silver medal. The Lightning must now decide if they want to pursue the services of goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who was 3-0-0 in the tournament for the Russians.
Bronze Medal Match
Sweden 3 @ Germany 1
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 6 PIM
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 4-1-5, -1, 4 PIM
Oilers 1st round pick Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson scored his 5th goal of the World Championships and the Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves as Sweden defeated home country Germany 3-1 to secure the bronze medal. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 14:28 in the match and took a roughing minor late in the third period. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 17:15, but was on the ice for Germany's lone goal by Alexander Barta. Both Harju and Hedman, obviously, are under contract to the Lightning and will be coming to training camp for the club in the Fall.
Sweden 2 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 4-1-5, E, 4 PIM
Victor Hedman, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM
Karel Rachunek scored a goal with 8 second left in regulation to force overtime and Jan Marek scored the winning goal in the shootout to propel the Czech Republic to the World Championships finals over Sweden. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju had Sweden's opening goal, a power play marker, and led Sweden with 8 shots on goal in 20:02 of ice time, the second highest ice time total of any Swedish forward. Unfortunately, Harju was on the ice for Rachunek's tying goal, which is the lone blemish in an otherwise outstanding game for the big power forward. Harju's goal was his 4th of the World Championships, which actually ties his goal scoring total of the entire regular season for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL. For Harju, who before this tournament was last seen leaving the ice injured in the second-to-last game of a disappointing first round playoff exit for Dynamo, this World Championships has reasserted the big forward's pedigree as a poor-man's Johan Franzen. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 20:25 in the match and was on the ice for a Czech goal by Tomas Mojzis. Sweden will play home country Germany in the bronze medal game tomorrow.
Russia 2 @ Germany 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Russian coach Slava Bykov went with Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin in their semifinal match against home country Germany, and the 6'6" netminder did not disappoint as he remained unbeaten and untied in the tournament making 26 saves on 27 shots faced for the win. Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk scored the winning goal for the Russians with just 1:50 left in regulation to punch their ticket for the gold medal game against the Czech Republic. It will be interesting to see if the Lightning make any moves to sign Koshechkin at the end of the tournament, which will come to a close tomorrow. Ex-GM Brian Lawton reportedly had serious interest in bringing in the 2002 8th round pick next season.