Four of the League’s teams took part in three friendly games on Monday. Two were held in Finland and the other took place in Switzerland.
Jokerit of Helsinki enjoyed its second home victory over Sibir in the space of six days. The Novosibirsk men were attempting to avenge last week’s crushing 6-1 loss, and yesterday’s encounter turned out to be a much closer contest. Dmitry Monya and David Ullstrom hit the target for Andrei Skabelka’s men, but two goals from Jere Sallinen and one each from Tommi Huhtala and Canada’s Brandon Kozun gave the Finns a 4-2 win on home ice.
Also in Finland, SKA Saint Petersburg finished its preseason training camp by suffering a surprise 4-5 defeat at the hands of Espoo. A double from Ilya Kovalchuk and a goal apiece for Alexander Barabanov and Evgeny Artyukhin no doubt brought some brief cheer to Andrei Nazarov while he pondered possible defensive frailties.
For success on the road in Monday’s games, we must look south to Switzerland, where CSKA were the guests of Fribourg-Gottéron. Goals from Grigory Panin, Artyom Blazhiyevsky and Nikita Kvartalnov gave the Moscow Army men a 3-1 triumph.