Vorobiev nails his former team
MAR.6 (TOGLIATTI, RHI) -- Prior to facing RSL's top club Lada warmed up quite productively against Superleague's elite, defeating Severstal and Avangard and drawing against Ak Bars. At the moment Pyotr Vorobiev's squad is in superb shape and win against Yaroslavl didn't appear as surprise to anyone.
Lokomotiv needed at least a point to secure its top place finish in the regular season ahead of time. But ambitious Vorobiev nailed his former team for the second time this season.
"I would be lying, if I'd say that this game was like all the others for me," - said Lada's head coach, who was quite unpopular among Lokomotiv's players when he coached there. "There's always some sort of sports related anger in the air, whenever I have a chance to face (Yaroslavl)."
Kazan's impressive comeback
MAR.4 (KAZAN, RHI) -- Vladimir Plyuschev lost an opportunity to regain some ground on Ivan Hlinka's team, which despite going through crisis, detached itself in the standings from even more struggling Ak Bars during recent weeks.
Since Russia's National head coach took control behind Kazan's bench his team had trouble winning at home. Particularly in its last three home matches - all loses, including two by shut-outs.
Ak Bars' fans skepticism and malcontent raised with teams inability to perform in the opening period, as the visitors headed for the intermission with a comfortable three goal lead. Ak Bars' defensive zone coverage was futile, while up front Kazan's forwards had little imagination and creativity to complement an impressive sense of desperation with which they battled for every inch of the ice surface.
The unstoppable bunch of youngsters
Game Recap: CSKA - Sibir, RSL Roundup
FEB.28 (MOSCOW, RHI) -- Viktor Tikhonov's bunch of young guns continued its run for the play-off spot with its fifth consecutive win on Friday, a 2-0 blanking of Sibir Novosibirsk.
Second period goals by Alexander Drozdetsky and Alexei Shkotov were enough to back up another solid outing for CSKA's Czech netminder Dusan Salficky, who registered 16 saves for his league leading seventh shut-out of the season - fourth over his last five starts.
The visitors had a slight edge during the scoreless opening period. However the best scoring chance, prior to intermission, fell to Shkotov. 18-year old sparkplug had a clean break-away, but failed to solve Christian Bronsard.
Mozyakin lifts CSKA to a fourth straight win
FEB.26 (SAINT-PETERSBURG, RHI) -- Sergei Mozyakin's hot stretch continued Tuesday night on the ice of Saint-Petersburg's Ice Palace. Pint-sized sniper, a 9th round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002, scored his eleventh goal of the season with less than three minutes left to play in the final period, as CSKA defeated SKA for the third time this season and won its fourth consecutive game. The tally was Mozyakin's fourth over the last five games - the exact date he came back from a severe facial injury sustained in November. He also has eight points during that spell.
FEB.24 (MOSCOW, RHI) -- Viktor Tikhonov's squad continued its impressive run with 1-0 victory over struggling Moscow Spartak on Saturday. The win was third in a row for CSKA, which distanced itself further from the relegation zone and trails ranked eighths Ufa by just six points with seven games left to play in the regular season.
CSKA Czech netminder Dusan Salficky registered his third straight shut-out and has been unbeaten for a run of 181 minutes and 58 seconds. Meantime forward Sergei Mozyakin scored his 10th goal of the season at 19:05 of the opening period. The goal was Mozyakin's 7th point in four games, since coming back from a facial injury that made him miss 18 games. Columbus Blue Jackets' prospect scored on a perfect pass from former Wilkes-Barre Penguin Alexei Kolkunov, as they enjoyed a two-on-one rush.
Mikhailovsky outperforms Volkov in Lada's win
Game Recap: Lada vs Dynamo
FEB.19 (TOGLIATTI, RHI) -- Lada's netminder Maxim Mikhailovsky registered his seventh shut-out of the season registering 40 saves on Tuesday, as his team beat Dinamo 2-0 on the ice of Volgar Sports Palace.
Mikhailovsky tops RSL's goalies in several statistical categories, including outstanding 1.11 goals against average and .953 save percentage. However last night he was up against one of the hottest 'keepers in Superleague - Alexei Volkov, who registered shut-outs in two consecutive starts prior to the contest.
Both netminders had their hands full, as teams combined for 74 shots total in three periods of hockey. While Mikhailovsky, was up to the task and basically kept his relatively young teammates from failing apart under Dynamo's pressure, Volkov's performance was quite erratic. He gave up too many unnecessary rebounds that resolved into dangerous scoring opportunities for the home side and let in two weak goals.
FEB.15 (RHI) -- As of today Super League teams have exactly one more month to enjoy the regular season action and to settle their priorities in the league standings. As many as four clubs have (or almost did) secured their participation in the post-season with just nine games left to play in the schedule. Yaroslavl and Cherepovets are ahead of their pursuit by a considerable margin and shall fight for the top seed. Ivan Hlinka's and Vladimir Plyuchev's teams still have chances to reach the leaders, but are likely to finish no higher than 3rd and no lower than 4th. It's highly doubtful that Moscow's Dynamo and Togliatti's Lada will give up their top eight positions. That leaves Magnitogorsk and Ufa facing a few middle table clubs in battle for the remaining two play-off seeds.
Vujtek defeats Tikhonov for the first time
FEB.13 (RHI) -- If there's one particular coach Yaroslavl's Vladimir Vujtek had trouble outsmarting during his two seasons in RSL, it has to be the legendary Viktor Tikhonov.
In two meetings between RSL's uncontested leader and once upon a time mighty Red Army Club, Tikhonov's youngsters had the best over Lokomotiv's star stocked line-up.
On the 19th of September in front of the sold out crowd at the Arena-2000 Tikhonov introduced to Yaroslavl's public young phenom by the name of Nikolai Zherdev. 18 years old puckwizard dominated that game scoring a goal and generating numerous opportunities for his teammates, as young and inexperienced CSKA prevailed 4-3 - stunning Russian hockey community.
Euro - Tour '02/'03
Team Russia: Player Statistics
Feb.10 -- During four Euro-Tour stages, a total of 14 games, this season Vladimir Plyuschev called upon 3 goaltenders and 41 players out of 12 RSL clubs... Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was the top provider with 10 players... Only four players appeared in all 14 matches - Alexander Suglobov, Vitaly Proshkin, Vladimir Antipov and Sergei Gusev. Sergei Zinoviev was Russia's leading scorer with 12 points in 14 games... Only four players registered more than 5 points, while Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's Ivan Tkachenko was held without one in 11 games... No player aside from Sergei Krivokrasov registered a point per game ratio... Zinoviev also leads the Nationals with +8 from 13 games... Defenseman Vladislav Bulyin was the top PIM getter with 35 from just 5 games... Maxim Sokolov played the most games among netminders but posted the worst G.AA and save percentage.
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Russia wins Sweden Hockey Games...
...but fells a point short of Euro-Tour title
FEB.10 -- Russian National team defeated Sweden and Czech Republic during recent week-end and finished first at the Sweden Hockey Games with a perfect record.
Unfortunately Vladimir Plyuschev's squad fell a point short of what could have been their first ever Euro-Tour title, as Finland beat Sweden in a shut-out on Sunday and propelled its season points total to quartet high 22.
Russia secured the victory at the Games on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Tre Kronor, while 19-year old phenom Igor Grigorenko, selected top forward at the recent World Junior Championships, pulled a thing know as a hat-trick.
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