Unbeatens roll along with decisive wins

Copenhagen 5, Belfast 1

Belfast was actually in control of this game until they started taking penalties and until Kevin Shattenkirk’s second goal of the game early in the third period. Copenhagen scored three powerplay goals – 2 by Derek Roy – and were given 10 powerplays by the Giants. During one stretch of the third period, P.K. Subban must have noticed a hot babe near the penalty box, because he made three trips there in less than 3 minutes. The Giants were only able to get 14 shots on Roberto Luongo, although Rick Nash played an inspired game, setting up Belfast’s only goal and blocking 4 shots at the other end of the rink. After a day off, Copenhagen and Bratislava will square off Tuesday in Denmark.

Bern 6, Athens 1

Ten Bears got onto the scoresheet in a lopsided win over the Greeks. Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist to his bloated statistics, and Mike Smith was once again solid in goal for Bern. Other goal scorers were Henrik Zetterberg (2), Ray Whitney, Andy McDonald and Pascal Dupuis. Athens actually led 1-0 in the first when Nathan Horton took a Todd Bertuzzi pass from behind the net, made a quick backhand-forehand move and scored his fourth of the season. Greek Johnny Boychuk seemed to be in a foul mood, dishing out 6 hits and taking two minor penalties. He also managed to get 3 shots on goal, but was a minus 2 for Athens.

Bratislava 5, Minsk 1

In Bratislava, where only a little more than 10,000 fans showed up for the game, the Eagles pounced on Minsk for a 5-1 win. Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews each scored twice and were plus 4 on the night. Bratislava outshot Minsk 46-24, chasing Minsk starting goalie Carey Price in the process. Jonas Gustavsson did well in relief, stopping all 17 shots he faced. Minsk’s most memorable moments were provided by Zac Rinaldo, who goaded usually mild-mannered Christian Ehrhoff into a second period fight and then assisted on the Hussars’ lone goal by Andrej Sekera.

Dublin 2, Oslo 1

The Fighting Irish took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Milan Michalek and Phil Kessel, then used a neutral zone trap  to slow the pace in the third period and come away with the win. After a second period that saw 31 shots on both nets, the third period had only 14, and only 5 of those were by Oslo. Bright spots for the Devils included top pick Shea Weber’s first goal of the season and Pavel Datsyuk, who won an impressive 32 of 42 faceoffs and blocked 2 shots. Dublin defenseman James Wisniewski had a good game, getting 4 shots on net, registering 4 hits and blocking 1 shot.

Berlin 2, Geneva 1

Alexander Edler and Logan Couture scored goals in front of 20,000 home fans to give the Smurfs a 2-1 win over Geneva in a Schloder Division battle. As outstanding as Bern has been thus far, Berlin, Munich and Zurich are all just 2 points behind them. Justin Williams, who came to Geneva in a trade just before the season, scored the Generals’ only goal against Mika Kiprusoff. A major factor in the game was discipline and officiating. Berlin had 7 powerplays to work with, while Geneva had only one. Both squads have games on Monday, as Berlin flies to London and Geneva heads to Oslo.

Gothenberg 5, London 2

Defenseman Dan Girardi continued his strong play but failed to be mentioned among the game’s three stars. Girardi logged a game-high 27 minutes of ice time, blocked three shots, was credited with 5 hits, had 2 shots on goal and was plus 3. Fellow Gothenberg defenseman Johnny Oduya, along with forwards Vinny Lecavalier, Jordan Eberle and Adam Henrique all had 2 points for the winners.  For the Knights, three players -Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Seguin and Devin Setoguchi – had 2 points each. London will play its third game in four nights when they host Berlin on Monday.

League notes:

  • Depth at the minor league level varies greatly throughout the Euro. Frankfurt lists just one player on the farm team and one on the scratched list at the EURO level. Bern, on the other hand, has 16 players on the farm team waiting for injuries or call-ups.
  • Antti Niemi of the undefeated Milan Guerriero has gotten off to a terrific start. The Finnish goaltender has allowed only 3 goals in 3 games and has a save percentage of nearly 96 percent. Milan will be in action Monday, as they play host to the 0-4 Stockholm Spartans.
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