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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Alexei Cherepanov Sets Another Scoring Record

Alexei Cherepanov, Avangard Omsk

Top Russian prospect Alexei Cherepanov scored his third goal of the Russian Super League playoffs yesterday, giving him 21 goals on the year and equalling Sergei Samsonov's RSL record (set in '95-'96) for most goals in one season by a player 18-years-and-under (regular season and playoffs combined).

Cherepanov's Avangard Omsk team lost their game yesterday to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 4-3, evening their second-round series at one game apiece. Both Ak Bars Kazan and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have 2-0 leads in their best-of-5 second-round matches, with one other series tied at 1-1 (to see the complete standings, click here).

Here are a couple of videos from my YouTube account, showing second-round action from the Russian playoffs.

The first video shows Nikolai Kulemin (drafted 44th by the Toronto Maple Leafs in '06) of Metallurg Magnitogorsk scoring against Sibir Novosibirsk in game one of their series a couple of days ago (March 20th). Metallurg goalie Travis Scott makes a save, with Metallurg's Jan Marek picking up the rebound and sending the puck up-ice to Kulemin. Kulemin then splits two defenders and scores while falling down.

This next video shows Alexei Kaigorodov (the player that Ottawa traded to Phoenix a couple of months ago, after Kaigorodov refused an assignment to Binghamton of the AHL and instead went back to Russia) drawing a penalty and then taking a penalty shot in yesterday's second game of the Metallurg Mk - Sibir series. Kaigorodov's penalty shot attempt is stopped by the Sibir goalie, Sergei Nikolaev.