The Kladno Knights of the Czech Extraliga recorded their fourth win in a row, a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd in Chomutov Friday night. Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Kaberle each recorded an assist. Plekanec linemate Jiri Tlusty scored two goals in the third period to clinch the victory.
In five games Plekanec now has 12 points, six goals and six assists and has a one point lead in the Extraliga scoring race. He has a plus-7 rating. Kaberle has an assist in each of the two games he’s played for Kladno.
Kladno will continue their road trip with a game at Mountfield Budějovice Sunday night. The Knights are third in the league with 5 wins and 2 losses, one of the losses in shootout.
In the Swiss National League, Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for Ambri-Piotta six minutes into his first game as Ambri lost to Fribourg 3-2 in a shootout. Pacioretty was playing right wing on a line with former NHLer’s Richard Park and Jason Williams who drew assists on the goal. Pacioretty had four shots on goal and was plus-1. Ambri will play the Lions in Zurich Saturday night.
Zug’s Raphael Diaz assisted on both goals in a 3-2 loss at Geneva. Yannick Weber was held off the scoresheet for Geneva. Geneva plays at Davos Saturday night while Zug will host the Kloten Flyers Saturday night.
Meanwhile Andrei Markov told Sovietsky Sport yesterday that he is willing to entertain offers to play in the KHL, perhaps with Moscow Dynamo. Markov has been working out in Montreal but told the Moscow newspaper, “First I need an invitation. With that, I’m ready to fly to Russia, undergo the medical examination and sign the contract. I could play immediately although I would need a few games to get into game shape. I if I have an offer from any club, I would gladly consider it” Markov said Sergei Korolev is looking after his affairs in Russia. Markov played in a charity exhibition in Chateauguay Thursday night.
Alexei Emelin has signed with Ak-Bars Kazan but has yet to play. Kazan will play it’s next game Monday in St. Petersburg before moving on to play Dynamo in Moscow on Wednesday. He’ll probably see action in one or both of those games.
One other note – As he did during the 2004-2005 lockout, Scott Gomez is working out at the training camp of the Alaska Aces under a “professional tryout contract”. During the last lockout Gomez played 61 games with the Anchorage team winning the league scoring championship and MVP award with 13 goals and 73 assists. During their playoffs he suffered a broken pelvis after being checked into an open bench door. Still, the following NHL season with New Jersey he had a career best year with 33 goals and 84 points. Among the drawbacks to Gomez actually playing for the Aces, it’s estimated that full-season insurance to protect his 5.5 million dollar 2012-13 contract would amount to 137-thousand dollars, most of which would have to be absorbed by Gomez himself, since average weekly salaries in the ECHL are in the neighborhood of 1,000 dollars .