Golovin nets his first career goal
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DEC.9 -- Chicago Blackhawks' prospect Alexander Golovin scored his first RSL career goal and his teammate Montreal Canadiens draftee Alexander Perezhogin put an end to a 10-game scoreless drought, as Avangard defeated Severstal in Omsk. Ivan Hlinka's team plagued by injuries won for the first time in four contests.

At 6:15 of the second period Golovin accepted Artyom Chernov's pass from behind Severstal's net and fired a shot past Marcel Cousineau.

Perezhogin got the game winning goal at 6:30 of the third period. Alexander rushed into Cherepovets' zone down the right side and hit the top of the net on a  laser quick wrister.


St.Petersburg arrived at the Sokolniki Arena as RSL's top team (7-3-0 record) since the Karjala Cup break. But Sergei Shepelev's youngsters weren't impressed at all, as they outskated, outworked and outplayed the visitors.

Columbus Blue Jackets' draftee Artyom Vostrikov got his first goal in Spartak's uniform at 14:42 of the opening period. Vostrikov culminated a nifty three-way passing play involving Maxim Rybin and Dmitry Semin. However it took SKA only 15 seconds to get back at event terms. Fyodor Tyutin jumped into the slot and beat Steven Plouffe for his first tally of the season.

The home side went ahead by two goals in the second period thanks to Mikhail Donika and Dmitry Bezrukov.

Spartak's forth goal came from former Philadelphia Phantom Mikhail Chernov - a power-play tally midway trough the final period. Ilya Gorbushin got SKA's other goal.


Another Blue Jackets' prospect Ivan Tkachenko gradually gets out of extended scoring slump that bugged him early in the year. Last night Tkachenko scored his fifth goal of the season, that turned out to be game winning... Lokomotiv's head coach Vladimir Vujtek decided to rest team's top scorer (Lightning's prospect) Anton But, who has been pointless in seven straight games. Konstantin Rudenko replaced But on the left of Alexander Skugarev and Pavel Vorobiev.


New Jersey Devils' prospect Alexander Suglobov was a healthy scratch once again... Nizhnekamsk management put a lot of effort in negotiating Suglobov's loan from Lokomotiv. But recently head coach Vladimir Krikunov, disappointed with Alexander's play, hinted that disgruntled forward may be on his way back to Yaroslavl at the Christmas break.

Other Monday results: Metallurg Nk 2, Dynamo 0; Soviet Wings 2, Mechel 1; Ak Bars 1, Lada 3; Sibir 3, Molot 2.


Red Wings' draftee Anatoly Ustyugov scored game's tying goal with less than four minutes left to play in regulation. Ustyugov missed 27 games to a knee injury,  as this was his first game since Sept.13. 25 year-old right winger played on Amur's third unit and aside from scoring managed team high seven shots on CSKA's Ildar Mukhometov... Red Army's Alex Drozdetsky was back on team's top unit alongside Rail Muftiev and Nikolai Zherdev. Flyers' draftee failed on a couple of great chances and went goalless in 20th game in a row.

-- Russian Hockey Insider