Avangard on top
Avangard Omsk proved the strongest team in the Stone Flower tournament in Yekaterinburg, with a 5-2 victory over Sibir in the final. Barys beat Metallurg Novokuznetsk for third place, and Avtomobilist defeated Amur to claim fifth spot.
Vityaz victorious in shootout
Vityaz played Severstal in what was both teams’ final test of the preseason. The game was played in Chekhov, and no more than three hundred spectators turned up to see the hosts win 4-3 in the shootout, with the game-deciding shot scored by Evgeny Timkin.
Yugra surprise again
In Ufa today it was the second round of the Bashkortostan President's Cup. The shock of the day once again came from Yugra, who outplayed Metallurg Magnitogorsk for a famous 5-2 victory. In the day’s second game, Salavat Yulaev overcame Neftekhimik 4-3 in overtime. After two rounds the dark horses from Khanty-Mansiysk are top of the standings.
There was a treat for fans of attacking hockey in the early game in the Donbass Open Cup. SKA and Dinamo Minsk shared nine goals, with the Petersburg men winning 5-4 in overtime. The goal-scorers were: Rybin, Artyukhin, Afinogenov, Grebeshkov and Prucha for SKA – Obsut, Meleshko, Pivko and Kitarov for Minsk.
In the second game of the day Dinamo Riga also had a closely-fought battle, but did enough to win 3-2 against Donbass, the hosts. On target for the Latvians were Martins Karsums, Fredrik Warg and Girts Ankipans.
Return to Russia
Dmitry Kugryshev is the latest player to return to Russia having been “away on business” in North America. The 21-year-old forward has left Washington and the AHL behind and signed a two-year contract with CSKA.
Defenseman Jere Karalahti is leaving Finnish club Espoo Blues to join the ranks of Dinamo Minsk. Last season he played 53 games in Finland’s SM-liiga and picked up 30 points, including 11 goals. Karalahti also has two medals from the world championships – a silver and a bronze.
Out through injury
It has emerged that new Ak Bars signing Kirill Knyazev suffered concussion during Thursday’s friendly game in Finland. The injury occurred when the forward collided with the boards and took a blow to the head. Knyazev will certainly miss tomorrow’s game, but it is still not known how long he will be out of action.
On the move
Two more players are on their way out of Atlant. Anton Lazarev, having played in the youth league and lower league, is moving to Metallurg Novokuznetsk, with whom he has signed a two-year contract, while Dmitry Shitikov did not fit into the coaching staff’s plans and is heading to Severstal.
Novokuznetsk’s Aleksandrs Jerofejevs will spend the coming season with Swedish team Timro. The Latvian national team defenseman had 34 outings in the KHL last season, scored three goals and assisted on three more.
Quote of the day
“The guys were great! They carried out the coaching staff’s game plan perfectly. It’s nice for the second day in a row to celebrate victory over giants of our hockey!” – Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev after his team’s second triumph of the tournament in Ufa.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru