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Friday’s pre-season program saw CSKA suffer its first defeat at the Hockeyades tournament in Switzerland. SKA beat Vityaz 3-0 thanks to a treble from Viktor Tikhonov. A Far East derby in Central Europe saw Amur edge Admiral to take third place in the Zbynek Kusy Memorial Trophy. Barys began its Lehner Cup campaign with a convincing win against Ambri-Piotta.


CSKA loses out in last game

After seeing his big names power to a 9-3 victory over Servette yesterday, CSKA head coach Igor Nikitin rested his stars for Friday’s match-up against Fribourg-Gotteron in the Hockeyades tournament currently underway in Switzerland.

It turned into a big moment for young goalie Matvei Kiselyov, who featured briefly at the end of last night’s game and was handed the start here. He stopped 25 out of 26 shots, but the one that got past him in the 10th minute proved to be the only marker of the game. As a result, CSKA suffered defeat in its last game in the competition.

CSKA Moscow 0 Fribourg-Gotteron 1 (0-1, 0-0, 0-0)

Goal: 0-1 Mottet (Stalder, Forrer 9:59)

Goalies: Kiselyov - Berra

Zbynek Kusy Memorial trophy

Amur beats Admiral to third place

Amur and Admiral finished in second place in their respective groups in the Kusy Memorial Tournament in Hradec Kralove, putting the teams into a third-place playoff in this international competition. It was the first team these rivals from Russia’s Far East had played a derby game outside of Russia, but the third time they had met this pre-season.

Previously, each team had one pre-season victory over the other – and this match-up was also tight. Admiral recovered from the shock of allowing a first-minute goal to lead 3-1 at the first intermission, only for Amur to battle back and tie that game at 3-3. That took us to a shoot-out, where Vladislav Ushenin separated the teams and secured third place for Amur. Denis Golubev scored twice for the Khabarovsk team; Martin Bakos, Kirill Voronin and Shawn Lalonde all had two points in a losing cause for Admiral. In the evening, HC Kosice took the trophy thanks to a 4-3 victory over Dynamo Pardubice.

Amur Khabarovsk 4 Admiral Vladivostok 3 SO (1-3, 1-0, 1-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Golubev (Koryagin, Korobov 0:52); 1-1 Bakos (Lalond 10:15); 1-2 Voronin (Kalashnikov 14:41); 1-3 Lalond (Bakos, Voronin 16:15); 2-3 H Zohorna (T Zohorna 38:30); 3-3 Golubev (Gorshkov, Vitacek 47:27); 4-3 Vl Ushenin (65:00 penalty shot)

Goalies: Alikin – Olkinuora

Lehner Cup

Shestakov’s short-handed special

Yesterday saw the start of another pre-season tournament in Switzerland. The Lehner Cup features Barys this season and on day two of the competition the Kazakhs got into action. Ambri-Piotta provided the opposition.

Arkady Shestakov was the star of the show, scoring twice in the game. Moreover, both of the goals came on the penalty kill while he garnered another point with an assist on a power play tally. That helped Andrei Skabelka’s team open a 4-0 lead midway through the game and make it an unhappy reunion for former Barys goalie Dominik Hrachovina, now playing for Ambri-Piotta. A consolation goal had little impact on the outcome. Saturday sees Barys in action again, looking to win the title against the host, Zug.

Ambri-Piotta 1 Barys Nur-Sultan 4 (0-2, 1-2, 0-0)

Goals: 0-1 Shestakov (Petukhov, 10:57 SH); 0-2 Panyukov (Shestakov, Petukhov 18:13 PP); 0-3 Pakarinen (Dietz 23:34); 0-4 Shestakov (32:26 SH); 1-4 Flynn (Zwerger, Fora 34:43 PP)

Goalies: Hrachovina - Karlsson

Exhibition games

Tikhonov treble wins it for SKA

SKA and Vityaz met in a warm-up game at the end of their camps in Finland. The Petersburg team rested its most productive line of the summer: Sergei PlotnikovJori LehteraVladimir Tkachyov. In their absence, Viktor Tikhonov stepped up to the top line alongside Oleg Li and Joonas Kemppainen – and duly scored a hat-trick. As for Vityaz, after scoring 19 goals in three games against Finnish opposition, Mikhail Kravets’ team fired blanks against SKA goalies Alexei Melnichuk and Pyotr Kochetkov. Both teams now head back to Russia. Vityaz will next play in the Mayor of Moscow Cup while SKA hosts its Puchkov tournament.

Vityaz Podolsk 0 SKA St. Petersburg 3 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Tikhonov (Kemppainen, Rundblad 23:37 PP); 0-2 Tikhonov (Byvaltsev 31:44); 0-3 Tikhonov (59:18 empty net)

Goalies: Ezhov – Melnichuk (Kochetkov)

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