CSKA’s second game in the Hockeyades Tournament in Switzerland turned into a goal-fest – but only after Igor Nikitin’s men ran riot in the third period.
Following yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Lausanne, the Army Men faced another tight battle against Servette during the first two periods. Despite fielding a rather stronger roster than 24 hours earlier, CSKA was just 3-2 up after 40 minutes and the stage was set for a hard-fought battle to the end. Instead, though, the Muscovites fired in six goals in the final stanza to cruise to a convincing 9-3 verdict. The team simply overwhelmed its opponents, calmly dictating the play in center ice and easily evading the defense as it moved forward. Quick goals from Kirill Kaprizov, Nikita Nesterov and Maxim Shalunov put the game beyond reach by the 49th minute and from that point on it was a question of ‘how many?’.
CSKA Moscow 9 Geneva-Servette 3 (1-1, 2-1, 6-1)
CSKA goals: 1-0 Karnaukhov (Chmykhov 2:37); 2-1 Sekac (Vey, Nesterov 21:35); 3-1 Mamin (Marchenko, Kiselevich 30:53); 4-2 Kaprizoz (Shalunov, Okulov 43:26); 5-2 Nesterov (Vey, Grigogrenko 45:36 PP); 6-2 Shalunov (Okulov, Kaprizov 48:25); 7-2 Slepyshev (Svetlakov 53:08); 82 Grigorenko (Vey, Chmykhov 55:23); 9-3 Sekac (Grigorenko, Vey 58:37).
Goalie: Sorokin (Kiselev)
Life in Finland clearly agrees with Vityaz: after firing eight goals past Pelicans, Mikhail Kravets’ team scored another seven on SaiPa in Thursday’s exhibition game.
SaiPa included a couple of players with KHL links: Mario Grman played last season with Slovan, while Teemu Ramstedt had spells with SKA, Amur and Slovan. Vityaz, meanwhile, rested its front-line forwards and handed a first appearance of the season to Ivan Petrakov while Alexander Samonov was given the starting role between the piping.
Vityaz did a good job on its power play and punished two SaiPa penalties by the 26th minute. Pavel Koltygin got both the goals, his first for the Podolsk club since returning from North America. The Russian got back-up from Vityaz’ leading goal-getter, Miro Aaltonen, and by the midway stage the game was effectively decided. In the third period, despite allowing a consolation goal, the visitor eased to a comfortable victory.
SaiPa 1 Vityaz Podolsk 7 (0-1, 0-3, 1-3)
Vityaz goals: 0-1 Koltygin (Nattinen 9:22 PP); 0-2 Koltygin (Nattinen, Lajunen 25:18 PP); 0-3 Aaltonen (Yevseyenkov, Lajunen 30:24 PP); 0-4 Mons (30:50); 0-5 Voronkov (Moiseyev, Stasenko 43:05); 1-6 Yepishin (Petrakov 53:26); -17 Petrakov (Shinkevich, Lajunen 55:19)
Sibir wrapped up its camp in the Czech Republic with a game against Piraty Chomutov. Ahead of the game there were two pieces of transfer news: Evgeny Chesalin’s try-out was good enough to secure a longer deal, while Jordan Caron was leaving the club. Of the five remaining imports, only defenseman Sam Lofquist took to the ice against Piraty.
Chesalin also featured and showed why he will be staying. He picked up two assists on goals for Danil Romantsev as Sibir jumped to a 2-0 lead. The second goal saw Sibir convincingly convert a two-on-one breakaway after 10 minutes.
The host battled back and the scoreline was 3-2 until Chesalin gave his team some breathing space midway through the third period. A late empty net goal from Viktor Komarov sealed the deal.
Piraty Chomutov 2 Sibir Novosibirsk 5 (1-2, 1-1, 0-2)
Sibir goals: 0-1 Romantsev (Chesalin 1:35); 0-2 Romantsev (Chesalin, Sharov 10:00); 1-3 Kazakov (Yakovlev 20:18); 2-4 Chesalin (Shashkov 51:05 PP); 2-5 Komarov (58:50 empty net)