London 3, Belfast 2 – Rookies Martin Jones and Artemy Panarin played major roles for the London Dons as they did in the league’s top team. Jones made 35 saves and Panarin scored a powerplay goal with just 43 seconds left to give London the win. Belfast took charge early on first-period goals by Ondrej Palat and Cody Franson, but London fought back to tie it 2-2 on second-period goals by Devin Setoguchi and David Clarkson. Belfast did a lot of shooting and a lot of hitting in the game. They outshot the Dons 37-17 and out-hit them 28-15 with Victor Hedman and Micki Dupont combining for 11 hits.
Madrid 4, Munich 3 (OT) – Derek Stepan scored two third-period goals to pull Madrid even with Munich and Patrik Berglund then scored his 6th of the season to win it for the Royals in overtime. Munich was outshot soundly (53-21) but they led 3-1 thanks in part to Nikita Zadorov’s two assists from his defense position. Madrid’s Nick Holden and Andrew Cogliano also had two assists. Stepan ended the game with a dozen shots on Munich goalie Cory Schneider, who made 49 saves.
Lisbon 5, Geneva 3 – The Geneva Generals took a 3-1 lead into the third period on home ice and lost thanks to a furious charge and four-goal outburst by Lisbon. Shea Weber had two points in the period and 3 in the game to be named first star. Zach Parise of Lisbon scored a shorthanded goal in the first period to tie the game 1-1. Alexander Steen of Lisbon finished with a goal and 7 shots on goal, while Geneva was led by Dennis Wideman, a defenseman who scored a goal on 4 shots and he blocked 4 Lisbon shots. Hayden Hawkey, an American rookie goalie for Lisbon, earned the win in a 23-save effort. In his four appearances in the Lisbon goal, the 18-year-old has won three times and he has a save percentage of 90.6.
Berlin 4, Oslo 3 – The Outlaws gave the Smurfs quite a scare in Berlin, but the home team pulled it out when Logan Couture scored an overtime goal to break a 3-3 tie. Both Couture and David Krejci scored their 11th goals of the season in the game. Patric Hornqvist of Berlin started the scoring pretty early in the first period with his 7th of the year, but Oslo gained momentum and worked their way to 3 goals before the first intermission. Curtis Glencross (his 6th), Mikhail Grabovski (8th) and Tyler Kennedy (4th) tallied for the Outlaws. The top Oslo performances included Andrei Markov’s 7 hits to go with an assist and 2 blocked shots, and Matt Irwin’s 5 hits and 5 blocked shots.
Minsk 7, Bern 2 – The Hussars sizzled Bern for 7 goals and outshot the Bears 52-18. They also out-hit them 31-21. The most productive Minsk players were defenseman Michael Del Zotto and center Nicklas Backstrom, who each had 3 points and a plus 3 rating. Getting 2 points each for the Hussars were Jacob Josefson, Colin Wilson, Patrick Kane and Milan Lucic. Patrick Eaves scored both of Bern’s goals and Marcel Goc earned assists on both.
Milan 6, Athens 3 – Italian fans were in hockey heaven Thursday when their Guerriero upended Demitra Division rival Athens. Milan’s powerplay was 4 for 6 and two of those goals ignited a 4-goal outburst in the first period and erased Athens’ 2-0 lead at the same time. Milan also outshot Athens 35-21. Milan’s Tyler Johnson scored two goals, while Matthis Olimb, Par Arlbrandt and Joakim Lindstrom each finished with a goal and an assist. Ian White of Athens was voted as the game’s first star after he had a goal and an assist, a plus 2 rating and 3 blocked shots.