Three of the League’s teams were in action yesterday at three different venues in the Czech Republic.
Torpedo is in Trinec to take part in with the Steel Cup tournament, and Peteris Skudra’s men got off to a winning start with a 4-2 victory over the host city’s team, HC Ocelari. Swedish forward Carl Klingberg inflicted half the damage, hitting a double, with Alexei Pepelyayev and Vyacheslav Kulyomin scoring the other two. The next test for the Nizhny Novgorod men comes on Thursday against another Czech side, HC Vitkovice.
Slovan made the short trip over the border for a game against Brno, exactly one week after enjoying a thrilling 5-4 shootout win over the “Comets” in Bratislava. In yesterday’s encounter, however, the only echo of that triumph was another goal by Tomas Starosta – the sole bright spot in a stinging 1-5 loss. Milos Riha’s men certainly contributed to their own downfall. They were a man down on three occasions and twice found themselves trying to kill a 5-on-3.
Amur fared little better in Litvínov against the local side, HC Verva. The Khabarovsk men played in assured fashion for most of the game and led 2-0 by the second interval, thanks to goals from two of their Czech legion, Michel Miklik and Tomas Zohorna, but a final-period collapse saw them lose 2-4 and left coach Sergei Shepelev with plenty to ponder.