In addition to tournaments on Russian soil, there were four preseason friendlies on Friday at various venues in Russia, Slovakia and Finland, and five of the League’s clubs were in action. 

Severstal Cherepovets is one of several teams to choose Finland for a preseason training camp, and is currently taking part in a tournament alongside three clubs from the host nation. The men from the City of Steel began in emphatic mood yesterday, inflicting a 4-0 defeat on Finnish Elite League side Jyvaskyla, thanks to goals from Pavel Buchnevich, Dmitry Kagarlitsky, Pavel Dedunov and Mattias Karlsson. To win the tournament, Vaclav Sykora’s men must now overcome SaiPa, who coasted to a 6-0 victory against second-tier outfit KooKoo in the other semi-final. 

Sibir has also set up camp in Finland, and yesterday the Novosibirsk men encountered fierce resistance in their friendly against Ilves of Tampere. At one stage the KHL side trailed 0-2, but Damir Zhafyarov, Calle Ridderwall and Dmitry Monya struck to give Andrei Skabelka’s team a battling 3-2 win. The Siberians’ preseason stint in Finland ends on Monday with a game against Jokerit of Helsinki, and this contest will be broadcast live online via the website fanseat.com

The men of Medvescak are in Slovakia for two games against local opposition. The first game was yesterday, against Banska Bystrica, and the Zagreb club proved far too strong for the Slovaks. The result was a 7-2 thrashing, and coach Gordie Dwyer was no doubt pleased by the ruthless finishing from his foreign legion of forwards. Czech sniper Radek Smolenak scored a hat-trick, and there was a goal apiece for Italy’s Stefano Giliati, Croatia’s Nathan Perkovich, Dwyer’s fellow Canadian Gilbert Brule and Sweden’s Andreas Jamtin. Today Medvescak face more formidable opposition – Slovan in Bratislava. 

Vityaz and Novokuznetsk Metallurg met for the second successive day in Podolsk, Moscow Region, and again it was a home win for Oleg Orekhovsky’s team. The final score was 4-1, with a double from Dmitry Kostromitin and one each from Teemu Eronen and Anton Krysanov. The sole reply from Nikolai Solovyov’s men came from Kirill Kaprizov.

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