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The first day of Magnitogorsk’s Romazan Memorial Trophy brought a convincing win for Metallurg over Sibir. Earlier, Kunlun Red Star grabbed an overtime win over Traktor thanks to ex-Magnitka man Wojtek Wolski. In today’s exhibition games, Neftekhimik got its first win of the summer, while Admiral finished its time in Europe with a win.

Wolski pots overtime winner for Kunlun

The Romazan Memorial tournament started with Kunlun Red Star defeating Traktor in overtime. Wojtek Wolski got the decisive goal in the first minute of the extras, securing a win for the Chinese team.

Red Star was playing its first game of the summer with a full-strength roster; the Renaissance Cup in Beijing early this month saw a KRS Select line-up, heavy on Chinese prospects from the VHL, but today Curt Fraser sent out something close to a full-strength roster. And he was rewarded by contributions from several of the summer signings. Adam Cracknell, who brings extensive NHL experience, got the opening goal in the third minute; his old San Diego Gulls team-mate Andrej Sustr had an assist as Spencer Foo made 2-0 at the start of the third.

Traktor, though, hit back to tie the game with Yaroslav Kosov celebrating his new contract by netting the 2-2 goal. Moments later, Ethan Werek, Red Star’s most recent signing restored Kunlun’s lead but Traktor tied the game once again in the third before losing out when Wolski fired past Chelyabinsk prospect Ivan Fedotov to win it in the extras.

Kunlun Red Star 4 Traktor Chelyabinsk 3 OT (1-0, 2-2, 0-1, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Cracknell (Fram 2:08); 2-0 Foo (Sustr 21:22); 2-1 Shepelev (Mikulovich, Penkovsky 24:48 PP); 2-2 Kosov (Alexeyev, Tridchikov 30:18); 3-2 Werek (Wong 32:33); 3-3 Babenko (Alexeyev, Sholokhov 51:21); 4-3 Wolski (60:49)

Goalies: Hrubec – Fedotov

Peteris Skudra, head coach, Traktor

This tournament is our last chance to confirm which players we can really rely on in the coming season. In our home tournament there were good reasons why we couldn’t look at all our players so here I wanted to check the depth on our roster. I wanted to see who would step up as a leader. Our start was a bit weak but in the second period the guys understood that they needed a bit more aggression. Then we played really well.

Curt Fraser, head coach, Kunlun Red Star

We didn’t have a chance to play a pre-season game up to now because of our geographical location. It’s tough for teams to come to us, and it’s not easy for us to travel either. So I’m glad that finally we got to play some hockey. And I’m especially pleased that we could start with a win. Wojtek Wolski is a real leader on our team. I’m happy for him that he scored today and, most important, that it was the winning goal.

Wojtek Wolski, forward, Kunlun Red Star

We knew this would be a tough game because everyone else has played some hockey this summer and we haven’t. This was an important fixture, it gave us a chance to assess our progress and our physical condition. For me, it’s always a bit special to come back to Magnitogorsk and it’s great that I could get the winner. It’s a good motivation to go out and pick up more points [in the rest of the tournament].

Grand opening for Magnitka

Metallurg put on a big show to open its home tournament – and then the fireworks followed on the ice. It took just three minutes for Roman Lyubimov to open the scoring, setting his team on its way to a convincing victory over Sibir. The goals kept coming: Eric O’Dell scored twice, fellow newcomers Denis Parshin and Brandon Kozun both collected 1+1 and Sergei Mozyakin wrapped it up with a power play goal late on.

For Magnitka, it was a release. In earlier pre-season action, Josef Jandac’s team had struggled to score goals but here the offense showed off what it could do. Sibir, on this occasion, had no answers.

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 6 Sibir Novosibirsk 0 (2-0, 2-0, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Lyubimov (Nekolenko, Antipin 3:48); 2-0 O’Dell (Dronov, Kozun 18:34); 3-0 Kozun (Kulemin, Matushkin 30:35 PP); 4-0 Parshin (Vereshchagin 32:22); 5-0 O’Dell (Postma, Bereglazov 41:59); 6-0 Mozyakin (Parshin 52:41 PP)

Goalies: Koshechkin – Krasikov

Josef Jandac, head coach, Metallurg

We’re happy with the result and the performance. You could see today already how we’re skating better. The only blot was when Bereglazov took a puck to the arm. Right now we don’t know how bad it is, we need an X-ray. Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.

Eric O’Dell, forward, Metallurg

It was great, I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the arena. They were loud behind us today. We played a good game: solid on defense and taking our chances at the other end. I wouldn’t say I was all that nervous before my first game here. I prepared the same as usual, I just wanted to go out and do my best for the team. And my partners, Brandon Kozun and Sergei Mozyakin, did everything right for my goals, I just had to make sure I put them in the net.

Nikolai Zavarukhin, head coach, Sibir

We didn’t get started today. The home team dominated from the start and against a team like that you can’t afford to get on the back foot. We didn’t make enough hits, block enough shots.

Exhibition games

Neftekhimik gets a win at last

Neftekhimik finally ended its pre-season losing streak in this exhibition game against CSK VVC from Samara. Vyacheslav Butsayev’s team had yet to win this summer, but called on reinforcements in the form of veteran defenseman Vitaly Atyushov. The 40-year-old was at the club on a try-out and secured a permanent deal in the last few days. Today he slotted into the third pair of blue-liners.

There were more summer signings in prominent roles: goalie Konstantin Barulin continued, while imports Zack Mitchell and Matt White joined Alexander Avtsin on the top line. However, the key players proved to be Pavel Poryadin and Timur Khafizov, who scored two goals apiece. And Atyushov chipped in with an assist as well.

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 6 CSK VVC Samara 2 (1-0, 2-0, 3-2)

Neftekhimik goals: 1-0 Poryadin (Rybakov, Chernikov 10:01); 2-0 Khafizov (Atyushov 22:04); 3-0 Poryadin (Kulikov, Zakharchuk 37:14 SH); 4-1 Bikmullin (41:37); 5-2 Khafizov (Bikmullin, Bryntsev 54:12 PP); 6-2 Kulikov (Kazionov 55:10 PP)

Goalie: Barulin

Admiral finishes camp on a high

Admiral’s final game of its camp in the Czech Republic saw the Sailors face Slovak team Zvolen. After a series of satisfactory exhibition games, there were few changes to the roster for this one and there were signs of growing confidence in Admiral’s game.

The key player proved to be Markus Ljungh, the Swedish forward who joined this summer. He collected three assists to help his team to a 4-1 verdict. The Slovak opponent, in truth, struggled to get into the game and Admiral prepares for its long journey back to the Far East in an upbeat mood.

HC Zvolen 1 Admiral Vladivostok 4 (1-2, 0-2, 0-0)

Admiral goals: 1-1 Lalond (Ljungh 8:00); 1-2 Bakos (Almqvist, Ljungh 10:00); 1-3 A Streltsov (V Streltsov, Ljungh 28:00); 1-4 Lisin (Lomako 38:00)

Goalie: Olkinuora

Czech tigers defeat Amur

While Admiral was wrapping up its Czech sojourn in style, Amur ended on a downbeat against Liberec. The White Tigers of Europe defeat the Amur Tigers of the Far East 4-1.

Amur’s only goal came early in the third period when the Zohorna brothers, Hynek and Tomas, combined to pull the game back to 1-2. But the revival could not last and Liberec closed out a convincing win.

Bili Tygri Liberec 4 Amur Khabarovsk 1 (0-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Goals: 1-0 Birner (Derner 31:20); 2-0 Lenc (Marosz, Filippi 38:23); 2-1 T Zohorna (H Zohorna 44:25); 3-1 Filippi (Marosz, Lenc 54:35); 4-1 Ordos (penalty, 55:11)

Goalies: Schwarz – Langhammer (Alikhin)

Heavy loss for Barys

Barys suffered a third consecutive defeat, going down 3-7 at Lugano at the end of its Swiss camp. The home team scored three goals in the first 10 minutes, taking the game away from the Kazakhs, and there was little comfort for Andrei Skabelka’s men in the rest of the game.

Lugano 7 Barys Nur-Sultan 3 (3-0, 4-2, 0-1)

Barys goals: 4-1 Sagadeyev (Yevdokimov, Semyonov 24:11); 7-2 Shestakov (Shalapov, Polokhov 29:17); 7-3 tbc.

Goalie: Pasquale (Karlsson)

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