Russia Wraps up Bronze at the U18 Worlds

Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the tournament in Slovakia.  Read on, for a recap of the medal round and some thoughts.

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Krasnaya Armiya Take the Kharlamov Cup

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Krasnaya Armiya Moscow celebrate after winning the Kharlamov Cup on Saturday.  (Image Source)

The 2016-17 season is in the history books in Russia’s top junior league; Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, junior side of CSKA Moscow, defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk today to complete a four-game sweep of the Kharlamov Cup Final.  Read on, for some thoughts!

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The U18 Worlds Enter the Medal Round

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Mark Rubinchik celebrates his OT winner versus the Czechs on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The Group Stage at the 2017 Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia is over, and — despite a couple of bumpy moments in their opening games — the young Russians are through to the quarterfinals.  Read on, for a look back at Team Russia’s first four games, and a look ahead to what comes next.

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More Finals!

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Dynamo Balashikha celebrate their 2017 Bratina Cup championship on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The KHL may have wrapped up its action for 2016-17, with SKA St. Petersburg the Gagarin Cup champions, but there are still games being played in some Russian domestic leagues.  We noted yesterday that HK Rostok had won the country’s third-tier professional men’s championship; today, the second-level VHL wrapped up its title race, so read on for a recap of that result, and some other notes as well!

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No Doubts

It is done, and in the end, there was no doubt at all who the better team was.  As mentioned in a brief post here earlier, SKA St. Petersburg are the 2016-17 Gagarin Cup champions, having defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk in five games.  Read on, for a recap of the decisive match (highlights above) and some thoughts about the series as a whole.

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SKA are Champions!

SKA St. Petersburg finished off a triumphant 2016-17 KHL campaign today, lifting the Gagarin Cup thanks to a 5-3 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Game 5 of the Final.  Later on today, we will have a full recap of Game 5, and some thoughts about the Final, but for now: Congratulations to SKA, and all respect to Metallurg as well!

Nearly There for SKA

SKA St. Petersburg find themselves just one win away from their second Gagarin Cup triumph, and their second in three years to boot!  How has their 3-1 series lead come to pass?  Read on, for recaps of the last two games, some MVP speculation, and an odd developing story that just cropped up today.

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The Under-18 Men’s Worlds Get Underway

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Goalie Maxim Zhukov and his team-mates prepare to face Sweden at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship today.  (Image Source)

The opening games of the Under-18 Men’s World Championship took place today, in the Slovakian towns of Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, and Team Russia got off to a decent start.  Dire through the first two periods against Sweden, but trailing only 1-0, the young Russians rebounded with three goals in the final stanza to win 3-1.  Read on, for a look at the roster assembled by head coach Sergei Golubovich and his staff.

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All Square Through Two

So now it is a best-of-five!  Honours were shared equally through the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Final; SKA St. Petersburg and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have a victory apiece as the series moves back to the former’s home on the bank of the Okkervil River.  Read on, for a recap of those fascinating first two games, and a very quick look at playoff developments in a couple of other leagues!

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2016-17 Gagarin Cup Final Preview!

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The Gagarin Cup leaves the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow en route to Magnitogorsk for Game 1 of the Final.  (Image Source)

 

The wait has been a long one; it was March 30th the last time we watched KHL playoff action, but we’re back on track tomorrow with the opening game of the ninth edition of the Gagarin Cup Final!  SKA St. Petersburg, the 2015 winners of the trophy and coming off a sweep of surprise West Conference Finalists Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, will be in Magnitogorsk to confront defending champions Metallurg, whose own East Conference Final sweep came at the expense of defensive powerhouse Ak Bars Kazan.

We really could not ask for a better final in pure hockey terms.  These two teams combined to score 446 goals in the regular season, in 120 games put together, and each has breezed through the the first three rounds of the playoffs in 13 games — just one more than the minimum in each case.  This could — and should — be a spectacular final; read on for a quick look at each team’s roster.

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