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Kunlun Red Star iced a roster fully comprised of players eligible to represent China in an exhibition game at Neftekhimik. In Friday’s other action, Jokerit scored five for the fourth game in a row, defeating Dinamo Riga 5-2.

Red letter day for Red Star

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 5 Kunlun Red Star 2 (2-0, 1-0, 2-2)

This was a memorable day for the Dragons. For the first time, the team iced an entire roster of players eligible to represent team China at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. A flurry of signings over the past week added a new core of Chinese-born players to the team and they, seasoned with some of the more established heritage guys on the roster, set up a line-up that is truly ‘Made in China’.

Photo: 20.08.21. Friendly match. Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk) - Kunlun Red Star (Beijing)

It made for a young and experimental team and, not surprisingly, the Dragons found things tough against an experienced Neftekhimik line-up. But there were moments to celebrate, not least a fine goal from Yang Hu at the start of the third. His delicate touch in mid-air redirected Wei Zhong’s feed past Yaroslav Ozolin to put his team on the scoreboard. There was also a reminder of the KHL experience on the Red Star roster: Ethan Werek and Luke Lockhart combined for the latter to score on the power play.

Neftekhimik, though, came out on top: a Pavel Poryadin hat-trick tipped the scales in favor of the home team. Tomorrow, these two will meet again — and the Dragons can run the rule over more Olympic prospects.

Five-star Jokerit wins again

Jokerit Helsinki 5 Dinamo Riga 2 (2-1, 1-1, 2-0)

Five is the magic number for Jokerit in this pre-season. The Finns played their fourth game of the summer and hit five goals for the fourth time. One day after beating Dinamo Riga 5-0, Jokerit followed up with a 5-2 verdict.

Henri Ikonen led the way with two of the goals, opening the scoring midway through the first period. Veli-Matti Savinainen was on target late in the first period to restore the home lead after summer signing Peter Tiivola tied it up for Riga. The Latvians equalized again at the start of the second through Sebastian Wannstrom, but John Norman made it 3-2 to Jokerit midway through the frame after good work from Teemu Turunen. Ikonen’s second of the night took it away from Dinamo, and Julius Junttila wrapped it up late on.

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