Edinburgh 3, Geneva 2 – A close game in Geneva went to the visitors, who were just a little bit better. Edinburgh had 29 shots on goal to Geneva’s 23 and they were able to hold onto the 3-0 lead they had when Carl Soderberg sniped his 6th of the season very early in the second period. Soderberg was the 70th player taken in the Season 3 draft and he has not played until this season. He was originally property of the Berlin Smurfs. Sergei Mozyakin scored twice for the Generals in the game and he has 8 goals this season.
Paris 5, Oslo 1 – The fourth line starred as Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals and Michael Ryder had 3 assists helping the Rouge Eiffels breeze past the Outlaws. Neither of the two forwards were with the club last season. Korpikoski signed as a free agent during the off season and Ryder was signed in an emergency situation when the team suffered two injuries in a game. In 5 games with Paris, Ryder has 5 assists. He spent a year in Zurich and then 4 in Athens before becoming a free agent this season. David Bolland centered Korpikoski and Ryder in the game and he was wonderful. He won 18 of 24 faceoffs, registered 4 hits, had a goal and an assist and was plus 4.
Lisbon 3, Prague 1 – Lisbon HC oushot the visiting Wolf Pack 41-19 but the outcome of the game remained in doubt for 59 minutes and 57 seconds. Clarke MacArthur scored an unassisted powerplay goal with 3 seconds left to let Lisbon fans breathe that collective sigh of relief they were waiting for. Niko Hovinen, Prague’s goalie, is the one who made the Portuguese fans and players sweat. He made 38 saves. Emerson Etem and Joe Pavelski also scored for Lisbon, while Chris Tierney’s 2nd of the year was the only blemish on goalie Kari Ramo’s game report. Lisbon, which started the season very poorly, has rocketed up the standings and is currently in fifth place in the Southern Conference.
Berlin 4, Madrid 1 – The Smurfs turned on the Smurfberry juice after the game’s halfway point and ended up with a convincing win at home. Derek Stepan gave the visitors hope in the second period when he deflected a Patrik Berglund shot past Berlin goalie Jimmy Howard to score the game’s first goal, but the Smurfs’ rally started about 5 minutes later when Dion Phaneuf rifled home his 7th goal of the season. Josh Gorges, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Logan Couture also scored for Berlin. Couture is tops on the team in goal scoring and his 22 place him in third place in the league in goals. Stepan and Jonas Brodin played well for Madrid, each blocking 3 shots and logging 24 and 22 minutes of ice time, respectively.
Minsk 2, London 1 – Carey Price and Michal Neuvirth got locked in a goalie duel, with Minsk’s Price emerging as the victor in front of the home fans. Neuvirth made 38 saves and Price made 24. Goals came from Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Powell for Minsk before Taylor Hall scored his 21st of the season to get London on the scoreboard. Penalty killers did a good job in the game. London was 0 for 6 in powerplay chances, and Minsk was 0 for 3. Jake Muzzin of London blocked 4 Hussars shots in the game.
Gothenburg 4, Athens 2 – John Carlson of Gothenberg didn’t score a goal against visiting Athens, but he did a lot in his 24 minutes of ice time. He was named the game’s first star after assisting on two Frolunda goals, blocking 2 Greek shots and delivering 4 hits on the way to a plus 3 performance. Adam Henrique led everyone in shots on goal with 7 and he was one of 4 Gothenburg players to score goals on Athens’ Jaro Halak. Pekke Rinne made 21 saves to earn the win in goal.