Vityaz let lead slip away
In Chekhov, Vityaz played the first friendly game of their preseason, as Andrei Nazarov’s men faced off against Dynamo Moscow and lost 2-3 after a shootout. Nick Tarnasky made his debut for the hosts and he made his mark with an assist. The Chekhov side’s goals came from Romanov and Panarin, while Kudashov and Konstantin Volkov replied for Dynamo, and Chernov converted the deciding shot in the shootout. Guarding the nets were Danila Alistratov and Alexei Volkov, who was later replaced by Alexander Yeremenko. At one stage the Chekhov men held a 2-0 lead.

SKA sink Torpedo
Another friendly took place in Saint Petersburg, between SKA and Torpedo, and the hosts won 4-2 thanks to goals by Koltsov, Vishnevsky, Kruchinin and Afinogenov. Varnakov and Vesce were on target for Torpedo, who will now head for home, where soon they will play host to several KHL teams to contest the Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor’s Cup. Some of the Petersburg men’s joy was dampened by Evgeny Artyukhin missing the game due to some minor problems with his knee.

One down, three to go
On the 7th of August Severstal began their preseason preparations in Switzerland, where the Cherepovets men will stay for two weeks. Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team is set to play four games during the trip, and the first took place on Friday against Lions of Zürich. The Cherepovets men were kept off the scoreboard in a 0-2 defeat. Vadim Tarasov guarded the Severstal net. The next game is on Monday, when they tale on Lugano.

Narrow defeat
Lokomotiv are also currently training in Switzerland, and they were second best in their friendly against Bern, losing 3-4. Josef Vasicek hit a double for the Yaroslavl men and Alexander Galimov scored the other.

Shootout practice
Dinamo Minsk are taking part in a preseason tournament in the Swiss town of Le Sentier, and Marek Sykora’s team played two games in two days. Late Thursday evening the Minsk men defeated Fribourg of Gotteron 4-3 after a shootout, with Pivko, Kulakov, Obsut and Irgl getting the goals. Another shootout was needed to decide Dinamo’s fate against Lugano on Friday evening, and it was the Swiss team who triumphed. Regulation time finished 2-2 (Dinamo scorers: Pivko and Meleshko) but Dinamo failed to score a single shot in the shootout.

Barys reach the final
In Astana, the preliminary round of the President of Kazakhstan Cup finished with the hosts Barys gaining a convincing 6-2 win over Yugra, and this pair will play again to contest the final. In the other game, Amur were defeated 0-2 by Kazzinc-Torpedo, and these two will meet again to decide third place. The hero of today’s play was Dustin Boyd of Barys, who scored two goals and assisted on another. His comrade Lukas Kaspar also collected three points, with a goal and two assists.

Under new management
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg have filled the post of general manager. The new man at the helm is Alexander Silenko, who previously worked at Metallurg Serov. It was during the Silenko era that the Steelworkers became a professional club and enjoyed considerable success in the lower league.

And more news from Yekaterinburg: the club has added six new players to the roster. Signing on the dotted line were goaltender Evgeny Lobanov, defenders Ilya Davydov, Alexander Loginov, and Vyacheslav Seluyanov, plus forwards Denis Abdullin and Sergei Ogorodnikov.

Quote of the day
“The team turned out to be not quite ready for today’s game. And it often happens that if you’re not ready to play from the very start, then during the game it’s very hard to catch up,” – Amur head coach Hannu Jortikka

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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