Neftekhimik in front
Neftekhimik is the surprise leader on the second day of the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Cup, having four points in the bag. It could have been even better for the Nizhnekamsk men as they came close to beating Traktor in regulation time, but they let the hosts pull level and then an accurate strike from Konstantin Panov in overtime brought victory to the Chelyabinsk side. The day’s earlier game was another happy outing for Magnitogorsk’s Konstantin Glazachev. His goal today was already his fifth of the tournament, and it sealed a 2-1 overtime win for Alexander Barkov’s team over Avangard.
Five more for Spartak
Another preseason tournament, the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region Cup, got under way today. In the first game Dynamo Moscow proved too strong for Metallurg Novokuznetsk, winning 3-1, and then the hosts suffered a surprise 2-5 defeat at the hands of Spartak. Ellison and Galuzin were on target for Torpedo, while Spartak replied with a double from Ruzicka and a goal each for Hossa, Piganovich and Gubin. It is worth noting that both Ruzicka and Gubin scored into an empty net.
Sibir second best
The men from Novosibirk have played the first game of their training trip in Finland, and Andrei Tarasenko’s team lost to local side HPK 2-3 after a shootout. Viktor Drugov and Jonas Enlund scored for the touring Russians, while Yury Klyuchnikov guarded the net.
Mission to Moscow
Ak Bars have set off on their second training trip, and they will set up camp in their traditional base at Odintsovo, Moscow Region. The team will play three games in four days. On the 17th of August the Kazan men face Vityaz, the following day they meet Atlant, and their final opponents will be CSKA. New coach Vladimir Krikunov has taken 32 players with him.
CSKA is the latest club to decide to meet their supporters. First the fans will see an open training session and then they will get the chance to play with their heroes, after which there will be a question-and-answer session and autographs. Already this season we even have seen the Dynamo Moscow board play hockey with the fans.
Avtomobilist announced the prices of season tickets for the coming campaign. Admission to all KHL regular season games will cost from 9,000 to 20,000 rubles (approx. US$300 - $700). In addition, season ticket holders will get free admission to all games in the youth league and in the forthcoming Stone Flower preseason tournament.
Ak Bars have confirmed the signing of Finnish forward Antti Miettinen. The 31-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing for Minnesota in the NHL. Last season he played in 73 games, scored 16 goals and made 19 assists. Antti’s career in North America spans almost 500 outings, and Miettinen boasts silver and bronze medals from both the Olympics and the World Championships.
Former Lokomotiv and Magnitka head coach Kari Heikkila has taken charge of the Belarus national team, which will soon be preparing for the Olympics in Sochi. The specialist from Finland has signed a three-year contract. Kari had worked in Russia since 2004, and three times guided his teams to medals.
Quote of the day
“On the whole, I wasn’t happy with how my guys looked. There are a lot of areas in which we need to improve,” – Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok, after the first game of the tournament in Nizhny Novgorod.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru