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Women’s Hockey Update: November 13th, 2017

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Valeriya Pavlova made her return to the national team this past week after a season away, and it was clear how much she’d been missed!  (Image Source)

We’re back in business here this week with another women’s hockey update, and this one is mostly about the international scene.  Two Russian women’s national teams saw game action over the past few days, and — spoiler alert — it all went very well indeed.  Read on, for those stories and some other notes as well!

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Present and Accounted For

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Hockey night at SKA St. Petersburg.  (Image Source)

As the KHL is on its annual November break for international play, and the league’s 2017-18 season is only just past its halfway point for most teams, this seems a useful juncture at which to take a peek at some attendance figures for the current campaign.  This is especially so this season, with the league’s new strategic plan underway and contraction looming for three clubs next spring; attendance is most certainly one of the criteria the KHL will be looking at when it comes time to determine the unlucky trio.  Read on, then…

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Where’d We Go?

On a bit of an unanticipated blog hiatus here, due to some computer issues, so unfortunately there will be no women’s hockey update this week.  However, God willing and the creek don’t rise, it should all be sorted out quite soon, and normal service can resume!

Women’s Hockey Update: October 30th, 2017

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Severyanka Cherepovets goalie Arina Konina finds the puck with a little help from her defenders during their game against Forvard Kazan at this past weekend’s opening of the Under-18 national amateur league’s season.  (Image Source)

Well, this was a fairly busy week in Russian women’s hockey!  With the the national team returned from its tour of the NWHL, there were once again games in the Women’s Hockey League, while just east of the Urals the amateur league’s Under-18 division held its inaugural matches as well.  Read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 25th, 2017

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Barys Astana’s Nigel Dawes has his sights set on some goalscoring records… (Image Source)

To the KHL we go, to get caught up on some news of the last couple of weeks!  Read on, as we check out a nightmarish 17 minutes for Traktor Chelyabinsk, look in on the secret(s) of Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’s good first half of the season, get up to date on player movement around the league, and so on and so forth!  Also, we will hear from a couple of folks on potential future developments in the league…

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 23rd, 2017

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Lots of post-game smiling for the Russian women’s national team over the past ten days!  Here Galina Skiba (#55), goalie Mariya Sorokina, Yekaterina Nikolayeva (#76), and Anna Shokhina (#97) celebrate a win over the Boston Pride.  (Image Source)

In the autumn of 2016, the Russian women’s national team visited the United States to take on clubs from the NWHL, and came away at the end with a respectable 2-3 record.  This fall, the nats went back again, and let us just say that they improved somewhat upon that mark.  When we checked in last week, Team Russia had won their first two games of the series, so read on for recaps of the four that took place since then!

 

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 16th, 2017

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Members of the Russian women’s national team pose before their game against the Metropolitan Riveters on Friday.  Note, in the back row, the presence of Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who had dropped by say hello.  (Image Source)

Yesterday we had a quick look at the Russian women’s national team roster for their current visit to the United States to take on NWHL opposition.  Today, we go into more depth on the team’s first couple of games in North America (and a very interesting start to the series it has been, too), and present you with the promised brief preview of the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia.  Read on…

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Team Russia on the 2017 NWHL Tour

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Olga Sosina. (Image Source)

The Russian women’s national team opened its 2017 series against National Women’s Hockey League teams on Friday in New Jersey, taking on the newly-rechristened Metropolitan Riveters.  It was a successful night for Team Russia, as they emerged 3-2 victors on back of a hat-trick by their redoubtable captain, Olga Sosina.  There will be a full recap of that here game on Monday, but today we will take a look at the roster that the coaching staff has selected for the overseas trip.  Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 11th, 2017

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Sean Collins of HK Sochi, scorer of (another) historic goal today!  (Image Source)

Well, step forward if you had HK Sochi as the team that would finally put an end to SKA St Petersburg’s unbeaten start to the season!  SKA had emerged from their first 20 contests as victors, but in the 21st, today in St. Petersburg, their visitors from the Black Sea got the better of them.  Only just barely, mind you — a 3-2 final score in overtime — but the streak is over.  Sean Collins will go down in the history books as the man who scored the winner, and it’s not his first historic KHL goal either; Collins scored the first ever goal for Kunlun Red Star Beijing last season (h/t to @IronCaniac for that reminder).

And so SKA “fall” to 20-1 on the 2017-18 season!  But what about the rest of the league?  Read on, for our (slightly delayed this time) weekly walk through the KHL, which includes another streak (the other kind) coming to an end, the season’s fifth coaching change, and a small black cat on public transit…

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Good Thoughts

Sending all kinds of best wishes and good thoughts this evening in the direction of Avangard Omsk forward Nikolai Lemtyugov, who suffered a horrific injury in today’s game against Barys Astana.  Lemtyugov is reportedly in stable condition in Intensive Care after surgery for a ruptured spleen.  Club President Vladimir Shalayev updated the situation after the game in a phone call to RSport:

“There was a blow to the stomach, the spleen was torn apart.  The spleen has been removed, he is now in Intensive Care.  His life is not at all threatened, vital signs are normal.  Tomorrow we will all donate blood for him.”

Avangard are also asking for blood donations from fans; details are here.  Get well soon, Nikolai Alexandrovich!

(short delay on the planned KHL news notes post; it will be up tomorrow)