Munich finishes strong, tops Athens

Munich 4, Athens 1 – The Munich Dire Wolf concluded their 82-game schedule with a 4-1 victory against one of the teams they are battling for fourth place in the conference. It was the second time this week that Munich defeated Athens and it was the Dire Wolf’s fifth straight win. They are 14-3 over their last 17 games. But due to the odd scheduling in the EURO League, they will be challenged to maintain the momentum because they face a cooling-off period of more than a week. It’s mathematically possible that while they wait,

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Talgat Zhailauov of Kazakhstan was Munich’s leading scorer this season.

they could fall from fourth place all the way to seventh. Against Athens on Tuesday, Craig Smith and Henrik Sedin had two points each and they combined for 9 shots on Athens goalie Richard Bachman before Sedin added a shot into an empty net. Munich played aggressively, out-hitting the Greeks 37-20 and outshooting them 40-28. Talgat Zhailauov finishes as Munich’s top scorer, dishing out an impressive 56 assists (currently tied for 9th in the league in that stat) and scoring 22 goals. Smith and Tomas Fleischmann led the team in goals with 28, and Russian Nikita Zadorov led them in hits with 256 and shot blocks with 94.

Copenhagen 4, Moscow 3 – Drew Shore has had a nice week for the Copenhagen Tridents. The right winger has scored 4 goals and added an assist in his last four games and on Tuesday, his 13th of the season was the goal that sent visiting Moscow down to defeat. Stephen Weiss assisted on two Devin Setoguchi goals for Copenhagen and the pair combined for 10 shots on goal. In addition, Weiss was 20-8 in the faceoff circles. Moscow led 2-1 at one point, and after Copenhagen finally took the lead on Shore’s goal, Trident goalie Andres De La Garma shut the door completely on Spartak, stopping 13 third-period shots.

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Oslo’s Viktor Antipin of Kazakhstan is likely to finish the season as the league’s top shot blocker. 

Oslo 2, St. Petersburg 1 – The Red Stars scored first, getting a Dmitri Kalinin goal 6 minutes into the game, but Oslo goalie Semyon Varlamov couldn’t be beaten again. Meanwhile, the Outlaws were able to tie the game in the second period and then take the lead for good before that period was over. Gilbert Brule and Zach Parise scored for Oslo. Former number one draft pick Viktor Antipin didn’t block any St. Petersburg shots Tuesday, but the 19-year-old should finish the season and the league’s top shot blocker. He has 132 through 82 games. The young Kazakh falls 11 shot blocks short of the EURO League record of 143, set by Jake Gardiner of London in Season 2 and then tied by Madrid’s Erik Karlsson in Season 4. For the third straight season, the Outlaws will finish 24th out of 24 teams in the EURO, but with Antipin, Connor McDavid, Tyler Seguin, Tomas Hertl, Morgan Rielly and a host of young support, they played better the second half of the year and seem to be ready to move up the standings next season.

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