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After Spartak won a pre-season tournament in Hradec Kralove last week, Amur was the next KHL team to take to the ice in the Czech city as the Zbynek Kusy Memorial Cup got underway. However, the Tigers were some way from matching Spartak’s success here – the opening game ended in a heavy 0-7 loss against the host club, Mountfield.

Arriving in the Czech Republic after a training camp in Moscow, Amur opted to pair up brothers Tomas and Hynek Zohorna on the first line. They were two of five Czech players returning to their homeland for this game: goalie Marek Langhamer and defensemen Ondrej Vitasek and Michal Jordan also featured. However, familiarity did little to help the visitor in this opening game.

Mountfield got off to a blistering start, scoring five without reply in the first period. Langhamer was replaced after the third with Evgeny Kiselyov stepping in before the game was 10 minutes old. The host added two more goals in the middle frame to establish the final score of 7-0 before the final stanza played out with no more scoring. Amur will look to bounce back against Dynamo Pardubice tomorrow.

Amur is not the only KHL team taking part here. Far East neighbor Admiral is also involved. Last year, the Sailors made their first voyage to these parts and finished fourth in the competition, which was won by Eisbaren Berlin. Admiral will face Znojmo and Slovakia’s Kosice in one group, with Dynamo Pardubice joining Mountfield and Amur in the other. The group winners will play off for the trophy, with the rest going into placement games.

Mountfield Hradec Kralove 7 Amur Khabarovsk 0 (5-0, 2-0, 0-0)

Goalies: Langhamer (Kiselyov)

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