Fans in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Switzerland got the chance on Wednesday to see the stars of Europe’s biggest hockey league preparing for the forthcoming season, with six KHL teams featuring in four friendlies across the continent. Once again, it was a torrid day for defensemen, and even the lowest-scoring game produced five goals.
Avangard has set up camp in Chomutov, Czech Republic, and they took on the local team, Pirati. Despite goals from Jonas Ahnelov, Denis Kulyash and Pavel Valentenko, the Omsk men were second best in a bruising contest, and the “Pirates” celebrated a 4-3 win.
The final score was also 4-3 in Espoo, Finland, where SKA Saint Petersburg faced Spartak Moscow. Strikes from Vadim Shipachyov, Evgeny Artyukhin, Ilya Kablukov and Anton Burdasov sealed victory for the Gagarin Cup winners, while Canadian defenseman Charles Genoway, Sergei Shmelyov and Igor Levitsky replied for the Muscovites.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk faced off against Traktor in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Chelyabinsk men opened the scoring in the first period through Alexei Petrov, but any celebrations were premature. Four unanswered goals from Alexei Bereglazov, Sergei Mozyakin, Igor Svorjov and Danis Zaripov gave Magnitka a comfortable 4-1 victory.
The fans in Davos, Switzerland, were treated to a feast of goals in an entertaining contest between the home team and Barys Astana. The men from Kazakhstan eventually won 6-3, and kept the Swiss scoreboard operators busy with goals from from Vyacheslav Tryasunov, Kirill Savitsky, Konstantin Rudenko, Talgat Zhailauov, Konstantin Pushkaryov and Evgeny Rymarev.