Sertich, Larsson lead Edinburgh

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Andy Sertich, Edinburgh Capitals

Edinburgh 7, London 4 – It was mostly offense Monday in Britain, where the Capitals scored three quick goals in the first period and three quick goals in the third period to outdistance themselves from the Dons. Defensemen Andy Sertich and Adam Larsson did well for Edinburgh, each scoring a third period goal and getting an assist on the other’s tally. Linemates Rickard Wallin and Mike Hoffman did the same earlier in the game for the Capitals. Sertich has had an interesting journey to a EURO starting role. The Croatian-American who played college hockey at the University of Minnesota, wasn’t drafted in the EURO’s Season 2 when his draft class was up. In the NHL, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins but never made the big club. He has bounced around to Utah, Connecticut, Croatia, Austria and Norway. At one point he entered the Zurich system as a free agent but never saw action and it would have surprised no one if he never got another chance. But about a year ago, Edinburgh GM John Charles saw something he liked in Sertich, signed him to a contract and Sertich played 47 games and 4 in the playoffs, playing as a plus player and totaling more takeaways than giveaways.  This season, his ice time has gone up to 20 minutes per game and while his ratios aren’t as good as they were last season, he is blocking a lot more shots and has equaled his Season 5 point production already.  The biggest surprise of Monday’s game was that Martin Jones, an all-star goalie for London a season ago, was lit up for 7 goals. London has only won 2 of their last 10 games, but thanks to a great start they are still comfortably in  a playoff spot, although more than half the season remains to be played. The win was costly for Edinburgh, as one of the top players in hockey, Jamie Benn, left during the game with an upper body injury and could miss several games.

Prague 7, Dublin 3 – Hot-headed play led to a lot of penalties against the Fighting Irish and that kept them on the defensive for too much of the game. And Brian Elliott didn’t do well, yielding 7 goals on 27 Prague shots. Cory Conacher and Andrey Bykov were buzzing around Elliott all night and they combined for 7 points between the two of them for the Wolf Pack. Prague’s Justin Schultz scored a goal, his third of the season, and blocked 5 shots. Tomas Plekanec was just starting to get used to his new Prague teammates, having played in 6 games, but now he’ll have to watch them play because he injured a leg on Monday.

Madrid 5, Geneva 4 (OT-SO) – Gabriel Landeskog scored the first two goals of the game and when Derek Roy notched his 10th of the season, it looked Madrid was in control at 3-0. That’s when Frederik Andersen was pulled from the Geneva goal and replaced by Ondrej Pavelec. But Geneva made it a dog fight with a goal before the period ended and then in the second period, a pair of powerplay goals that tied the score. From that point on it was anybody’s game, although Geneva led in shots 34-18 over the final two periods and overtime against Robin Lehner in the Madrid goal. Four Royals and three Generals recorded 2-point nights. Alex Steen is out of the Madrid lineup for a week or more with a lower body injury.

Munich 4, Milan 0 – It wasn’t a good night for the home fans of Milan as Munich’s Cory Schneider didn’t give them even one chance to celebrate a goal. Both teams had 34 shots on goal in the game, but Schneider was fabulous. The shutout was his second of the season and his 91.5 save percentage puts him fourth in that category in the EURO League. The game was scoreless until about 6 minutes into the second period when Craig Smith took a Talgat Zhailauov pass and beat Andrew Hammond in the Guerriero goal. It turned out that would be the only goal Munich would need, but they added a pair of powerplay goals and a snipe by defenseman Ryan Wilson.

St. Petersburg 4, Bern 1 – Wayne Simmonds scored the first two goals of the game and set the tone for the Red Stars in a surprisingly one-sided win in Bern. Simmonds has a good lead on everyone else on the Red Stars in points (25) and goals (11). Mats Zuccarello and Cam Atkinson also scored for Petrograd and Russian defenseman Dmitri Kalinin had two assists. Bears winger Andrei Kostitsyn scored his 7th of the season to keep Red Star goalie Antti Niemi from getting a shutout. The Red Stars are in a group of four Northern Conference teams currently bunched around the 8th and final playoff spot.

Bratislava 4, Athens 2 – Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and center Jonathan Toews had their best games of the season for Bratislava as they took a game away from the home team. Fleury made 31 saves and allowed just two goals and Toews scored a pair on Greek goalie Jaroslav Halak. Erik Cole and Tyler Myers also scored for Bratislava, while Andrew Ladd and Anze Kopitar of Athens each had a goal and an assist. The Greeks are banged up at the moment, missing both Scott Hartnell and Nicklas Kronwall from the lineup.


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