Stockholm stops Minsk win streak at 9 games

Stockholm 2, Minsk 1 – The high-flying Minsk Hussars took one on the chin Friday on home ice with the Stockholm Eagles jumping out to a 2-0 lead and holding on until the end. Minsk had won 9 straight games and 11 of their last 12 before the loss to Stockholm. A Zac Rinaldo-Zach Bogosian…

Smurfs steamroll Frankfurt

Berlin 5, Frankfurt 1 – The Berlin Smurfs played a very aggressive and active game against Frankfurt Thursday and the Inferno could never really get into it. Berlin outshot Frankfurt 51-26, out-hit them 30-18 and when Logan Couture scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to make it 3-1, it seemed a foregone conclusion…

Zurich passes Bratislava with ‘4 point’ win

Zurich 3, Bratislava 2 – Thanks to three goals in the final 11:16 of the game, the Lions overtook Bratislava in the standings and moved into 5th place in the Southern Conference. Bratislava had a 2-0 shutout going until Patrick Kane scored and then set up the league’s leading goal scorer – Ilya Kovalchuk –…

Roller derby pack of teams chasing top spot

Rose said this morning, “That President’s Trophy must be pretty nice.” That’s because the 6 top teams seem to skating in a roller derby pack and each one is acting like a blocker and a jammer at the same time. Berlin tried to draft behind leading Moscow Sunday but there was Edinburgh in the way with a big elbow. And Minsk…

Still hope in Helsinki

Helsinki 6, Madrid 2 – There is still hope in Helsinki. The Jokerit are 2 points away from the last playoff berth in the Northern Conference with 10 games to go. On Thursday in Madrid, the game was the kind of game Helsinki’s general manager likes. Yes, Trevor Grimm likes it rough. There was a furious…

St. Pete’s Niemi shuts out Bern

St. Petersburg 3, Bern 0 – That’s two wins in two days for the Red Stars and goalie Antti Niemi. On Wednesday, he shut out the Bears, making 24 saves. St. Petersburg scored a goal in each period with Devante Smith-Pelly scoring his second of the season in the first, Jeff Petry getting his 7th…

Kristan keeps Dire Wolf in the hunt

Munich 2, Copenhagen 1 – Munich, Frankfurt and Prague all won Tuesday keeping all three of them at 66 points and 3 points behind 8th-place Geneva in the Southern Conference playoff race. Munich downed Copenhagen despite giving up twice as many shots as they took. The Dire Wolf powerplay and the goaltending of Robert Kristan…