Friday was a busy day in the preseason preparations, with nine of the League’s teams featuring in six friendly games, at venues spanning five countries and two continents.
Japan’s national team made the short trip to Khabarovsk on Russia’s Pacific coast to take part in an exhibition match against Amur. The hosts enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 victory, thanks to a goal each from Tom Wandell, Mikhail Zheleznov, Vitaly Shulakov, Dmitry Tarasov and Vyacheslav Litovchenko.
Dynamo Moscow has set up camp in Belarus and was in action for the second successive day. After Thursday’s confident 5-2 win over Neman Grodno, the Blue-and-Whites took on the men from Belarus’s second city, Gomel, and once again emerged the stronger, albeit by the more modest margin of 3-2. Kaspars Daugavins, Konstantin Gorovikov and Kirill Pilipenko scored for the Muscovites.
In Switzerland, Barys and Davos met for the second time in three days following the Astana men’s resounding 6-3 win on Wednesday. Yesterday’s rematch must have felt like a re-run for the hapless Swiss hosts as they suffered another defeat by a three-goal margin. The final score this time was 5-2, with Mikhail Panshin, Konstantin Romanov, Talgat Zhailauov, Vyacheslav Tryasunov and US defenseman Mike Lundin inflicting the damage.
The three other games were all-KHL affairs.
Dinamo Riga gained revenge for Thursday's dramatic 3-4 defeat by Sibir with a nail-biting 3-2 victory in the Latvian capital. Dinamo twice came from behind, with goals from Armands Berzins and American forward Tim Sestito canceling out go-ahead strikes from Sibir’s Maxim Shalunov and Alexei Kopeikin, and then Ville Leino struck the decisive goal in the shootout.
Avangard ended its preseason camp in the Czech Republic on a winning note by defeating Ugra 4-3 in Chomutov. Nikolai Glukhov, Jonas Ahnelov, Alexander Chernikov and Vladimir Sobotka were on target for the Omsk Region side, while the Khanty-Mansiysk men hit back with two goals from Nikita Gusev and another from Alexei Mikhnov.
CSKA opened its program of preseason games with the first of two scheduled friendlies against HC Sochi in Moscow. Friday’s encounter finished 5-1 to the Army Men, with Alexander Radulov hitting a double and Vadim Khlopotov, Simon Hjalmarsson and Maxim Mamin also finding the net. Canadian forward Ben Maxwell struck the visitors’ only goal.