SKA’s second win
Both SKA and Barys feature in this year’s traditional hockey tournament in the Swiss town of Basel. Petersburg’s Army Men have achieved their second victory, beating Krefeld 5-2 thanks to goals from Kruchinin, Thoresen, Weinhandl, Fedorov and Artyukhin.

The Astana men, in contrast, suffered their second defeat, this time losing 3-5 to Bern. All three of Barys’s goals were scored by Brandon Bochenski (pictured).

First title
Metallurg Magnitogorsk men have won the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Cup, with Alexander Barkov’s team defeating Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 5-2 in the final. In the clash for third place, Traktor proved the stronger, claiming a narrow 2-1 victory over Avangard. The best players of the tournament were named as Nizhnekamsk goaltender Tuomas Tarkki, Traktor defenseman Deron Quint and Metallurg attacker Sergei Mozyakin. Magnitka’s Konstantin Glazachev was the tournament’s top scorer.

First defeat
Avtomobilist’s first preseason exhibition game ended in a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Rubin of Tyumen, the champions of the VHL, Russia’s lower league. The Yekaterinburg team’s goals came from Antropov and Ogorodnikov, while at the other end Sergei Mylnikov guarded the net.

Atlant overpower Ak Bars
Mytischi was the venue for a friendly game between Atlant and Ak Bars, which the hosts won 4-3. On target for the Moscow Region side were Kosmachev, Rudenko, Kablukov, and Bobrov, while Morozov, Kulyash and Kazionov replied for the Kazan team.

Both teams made use of both goalies: Barulin allowed one goal, and Kotschnew, Vehanen and Galimov were each beaten twice.

Atlant also strengthened the coaching staff with the appointment as goalie coach of Jari Kaarela, who earlier had a spell with Lokomotiv. Kaarela has also worked with Finland’s national team, taking part in the World Championships and the Olympics.

Army Men conquer Vityaz
CSKA celebrated a 3-1 home win against Vityaz. A goal from Rylov and two from Persson did the damage, while Anisin replied for the guests. Gayduchenko and Dalton were the men between the pipes.

Foreign tours
After two defeats on their preseason training trip in Switzerland, Severstal achieved the first victory. Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team enjoyed a 4-1 win over EHC Biel. Lehtonen, Shipachev, Smirnov and Kazakovtsev were on target for Cherepovets side, and Tsvetkov assisted on two of the goals.

Meanwhile, at a tournament in Slovakia, KHL debutants Lev Poprad notched up fourth straight success, this time with a 4-3 win over Graz of Austria. Novotny scored a double for the victors, and there was a goal each from Netik and Olvecky.

Sibir also celebrated success on their campaign in Finland, with a convincing 5-0 win against Swiss side Kloten. For the Novosibirsk men, Shishkanov, Tarasenko, Enlund, Kryukov and Lehtera scored the goals, Timofey Shishkanov was named MVP, and Vladimir Tarasenko earned a game penalty for brawling. At the other end, Bernd Bruckler kept the Swiss off the scoreboard.

From Yekaterinburg to Minsk
Defenseman Tomas Slovak, who has spent the previous two seasons in the colors of Avtomobilist, has signed a two-year contract with Dinamo Minsk. Last season Slovak played in 20 games, made three assists and earned a rating of–6.

Quote of the day
“It was the first game after returning from Switzerland, plus it took five more hours getting from Magnitogorsk to Chelyabinsk. After the long break several players hadn’t played for four months,” – Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Alexander Barkov on his team’s toughest game of the tournament, against Traktor.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to


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