Minsk in third
Dinamo Minsk came third in a preseason tournament in Switzerland, having played a grueling three games in three days. In their final game Marek Sykora’s men defeated Czech club Litvínov 7-5, with goals from Linglet, Stefanovich, Pavlovich, Platt, Korobov, Groulx, and Protasenya. The men from Belarus fought back from 0-2 and 2-3 to earn their victory.
Salei and Skrastins off the mark
Lokomotiv are also training in Switzerland. Last night the Yaroslavl men were beaten by Bern, but on Saturday they bounced back with a convincing win, defeating Ambrì 5-1. Both Salei and Skrastins scored on their debuts, and there was a goal each from Zyuzyakin, Kiryuhin and Vasyunov. At the other end, Alexander Vyukhin guarded the railwaymen’s net.
Today was the final day of the first major preseason tournament, the President of Kazakhstan Cup in Astana. In the deciding game, Barys overcame Yugra in a 2-1 overtime victory. Both the hosts’ goals were scored by Brandon Bochenski, who was also the tournament’s top scorer. In the other game, Amur claimed third place with a 4-2 win over Kazzinc-Torpedo, and between them the two teams somehow contrived to earn 92 minutes of penalties. The organizers named Vitaly Yeremeyev (Barys), Tommy Wargh (Yugra) and Jiri Novotny (Barys) as the best players of the tournament.
Supler’s triumphant return
Another preseason friendly between KHL teams took place in Riga. Local Dinamo lost 1-4 to CSKA, whose new coach, Julius Supler, was in charge of the Latvians until this season. Bukarts scored for the Riga men, while Kucherov (2), Persson and Badyukov were on target for the visitors. Rastislav Stana stood between the pipes for CSKA and was later unbeaten in a shootout series, while the Riga men opted for youth in goal: Yuchers guarded the net for the first half of the game, and then he was replaced by Gudlevskis. Dinamo’s star defenseman Sandis Ozolins did not take part in the game, and news later emerged that he may miss the start of the season due to injury.
Under new management
The changes at the top in Yekaterinburg continue: the Avtomobilist board will now be headed by Alexander Misharin, the current governor of Sverdlovsk Region. He had his first meeting with the coaching and playing staff and has already given them a serious mission: to make the play-offs this season, and to think about higher achievements the following year.
Torpedo have decided the name of the team’s new mascot, a stag at the Nizhny Novgorod zoo. Ten days ago we announced there would be a poll among the supporters to come up with a name for the team’s four-legged talisman. The stag will be named Thor, after the god of thunder and storms in Scandinavian mythology. The club’s leadership says this will define the team’s playing style.
Meet the board
The Dynamo Moscow leadership had a meeting with the supporters at the club’s base in Novogorsk, and the climax of the event was a friendly game. Club president Mikhail Tyurkin promised to create better conditions for the fans this season, said that the lower league and youth league teams will play at Balashikha, and announced that there is only one target for the team this season – to win the Gagarin Cup.
Season tickets for Metallurg Novokuznetsk have gone on sale. Prices range from 2,000 to 13,440 rubles (US $70 - $450) depending on the sector. For a seat in a VIP box, fans must pay a heftier price – from 25,000 to 60,000 rubles ($850 – $2,000).
Quote of the day
“The team is now fifty percent ready, but we still have time until the 9th of September,” – Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok on preparations for the season.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru