Only 3,447 in the 4100 seat Druzhba Sports Palace in the Ukraine city of Donetsk watched Andrei Markov and his Vityaz Chekhov teammates beat Donbass 2-1 Sunday. Markov was held off the scoresheet but logged 18:28 ice time in twenty shifts, up two minutes from his first game Friday at Riga. He also recorded four shots on goal.
Late in the first period a Markov pass from deep in his own zone sent teammate Artemy Panarin in on a breakaway. He was hooked from behind and scored on the resulting penalty shot to open the game’s scoring.
Donetsk is an industrial and coal mining city in the Eastern Ukraine with a metropolitan population of 1.5 million.
Here are the highlights of the game. Markov wears sweater #27 in white
Chekhov’s next game will be Wednesday when they play Spartak in Moscow. The other five Canadiens in Europe were idle. The Swiss hockey league does not play on Sundays. Teams are back in action Wednesday. The next game for Kladno in the Czech Extraliga is Thursday.
In other news –
……Alexander Galchenyuk has found his scoring touch. Saturday night at Sault Ste. Marie, the Canadiens first round draft pick had two goals and two assists as the Sarnia Sting defeated the hometown Greyhounds 6-3. In his first four games with Sarnia, Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists. In his two games this weekend he added six points; 3 goals, 3 assists. Sarnia will play at Windsor Monday afternoon.
…….Defenseman Dalton Thrower, the Canadiens second round draft pick (51st overall) continues to reside in the Saskatoon Blades doghouse. He watched his second consecutive game from the press box as the Blades lost 4-1 to the Oil Kings in Edmonton. Reason for the benching, according to his coach Lorne Molleken, he was “playing by his own rules” whatever that means. Saskatoon has won only two of seven games.
…….The Hamilton Bulldogs will play their second of two AHL exhibition games against the Toronto Marlies Monday night in Brantford Ontario. The Bulldogs lost 3-1 to Toronto Saturday night in Cobourg Ontario. They still have 29 players in camp. Their season opens next Saturday at Grand Rapids Michigan.