Tomas Plekanec led the Kladno Knights with three assists in a 4-3 Czech Extraliga win over Pilsen on Friday night. Jan Hlavac replaced the injured Jiri Tlusty on Plekanec left wing and scored two goals. Right winger Jaromir Jagr had two assists. In 22 games Plekanec has 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points third in the league’s scoring race. Kladno will play at Litvinov on Sunday.
In the Kontinental League, Alexei Emelin scored with 2:45 remaining to force overtime but Ak-Bars lost 3-2 to Moscow Spartak Friday night. The game was played at Kazan. It was Emelin’s first goal in 14 games with Ak-Bars. He has three assists. Three of his four points have come in his last two games.
Ak-Bars will host the Ukrainian team Donbass Donetsk on Sunday. Andrei Markov’s team, Vityaz Chekhov is scheduled for St. Petersburg on Sunday. Markov remains doubtful after suffering a rib injury October 26th. He has already missed six games.
In the Swiss National League David Desharnais assisted on what turned out to be the winning goal in Fribourg’s 3-0 shutout win at Geneva. It was Desharnais’ first SNL point. Geneva’s Yannick Weber had two shots on goal.
Also in the SNL, Raphael Diaz added two assists to his season total as Zug beat the Langnau Tigers 6-2. The game was played in front of 6,061 at the Bossard Arena in Zug. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist. Diaz is the SNL’s highest scoring defenceman and ninth overall with 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) in 21 games.
Saturday Zug travels to Langnau to play the Tigers and Geneva travels to Fribourg to complete the second half of their home and home weekend.
In Finland’s SM-Liiga, Lars Eller and JYP Jyväskylä will play Jokerit Helsinki at home on Saturday.
In junior hockey Thursday night Sarnia Sting centre Alexander Galchenyuk scored a goal and assist in a 5-3 loss in London. Friday night in Kitchener, Sarnia was shut out 5-0 by the Rangers. In 24 games Galchenyuk has 14 goals, 23 assists and 37 points.
Canadiens fourth round draft pick Brady Vail and the Windsor Spitfires edged Saginaw 2-1 ending a three game losing streak. Vail did not record a point Vail leads the team with 10 goals and 15 assists in 25 games. The Spitfires will be home to Kingston on Sunday.
Among the other draft picks fifth rounder Charles Hudon and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens edged Victoriaville 5-4 in a shootout. Hudon recorded an assist and scored in the shootout. Hudon, who missed six games with a concussion, now has 14 goals and 14 assists in 20 games. The Sagueneens will play the Quebec Remparts Sunday at home.
The Kamloops Chiefs and third round pick Tim Bozon had no points in a 3-2 home-ice loss against theSaskatoon Blades Friday. In 26 games Bozon has 16 goals, 21 assists for 37 points, fourth in the WHL. Canadiens draft picks Darren Dietz (5th round-2011)and Dalton Thrower (2nd round 51st overall-2012)are both members of Saskatoon. Thrower is currently sidelined with an “upper body” injury sustained in practice last week. Deitz recorded no points in what was a three goal third period comeback for the Blades.