Canadiens defensemen Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz were on the ice for their respective teams as the Swiss National League wrapped up the first segment of it’s schedule. On this side of the Atlantic, the AHL Bulldogs come from behind to win and in junior hockey Alex Galchenyuk addes to his Sarnia points total.
Geneva-Servette Eagles defeated SC Bern 5-2. Yannick Weber assisted on Geneva’s first goal and picked up four minutes in penalties. Geneva’s next scheduled game will be November 16th in Zurich.
Meanwhile Zug shutout Fribourg 2-0. Raphael Diaz didn’t record a point or a shot on goal. Henrik Zetterberg scored one of the Zug goals. Zug’s next game will be November 13th when the travel to Zurich.
David Desharnais will make his debut with Fribourg-Gottéron Dragons when they play at Biel on November 16th. Desharnais signed a contract with Fribourg for the duration of the lockout on Friday.
….The Czech Extraliga finishes up Sunday before they take their break. Tomas Plekanec and Kladno will play Chomutov Sunday at home and then they get their break, returning on the 14th. Plekanec is coming off a five point game Friday at Ostrava.
During the November schedule break there are a number of international tournaments. Plekanec and six other locked out NHLer’s will be part of a Czech National team taking part in the Karjala tournament in Finland. The annual Deutschland Cup will be held next weekend in Munich with teams representing Germany, Canada, Slovakia and Switzerland involved. It’s interesting that Switzerland coach Sean Simpson has not included either Yannick Weber or Raphael Diaz on his roster. The Islanders Mark Streit also was left off the team. The makeup of the Canadian team has yet to be announced but there are likely to be a few locked out NHLer’s available.
On the schedule on this side of the Atlantic…
In the Junior ranks, Sarnia’s Alex Galchenyuk recorded two goals and two assists and was plus-3 as the Sting beat Plymouth Whalers 7-5 at Plymouth Saturday night. Galchenyuk has 25 points (10 goals/15 assists) in 17 games this season. He has six goals and five assists his last six games.
Windsor (Brady Vail) plays at Belleville Sunday. The WHL’s Kamloops Blazers (Tim Bozon) are off until Tuesday when they’ll host the Edmonton Oil Kings.