Lars Eller continues to light it up in Finland’s SM-Liiga and his JYP Jyväskylä teammates are enjoying the ride. Eller assisted on the winning and game clinching goals in a 4-2 home ice win over HIFK Helsinki Friday night. It was JYP’s third win in a row. Eller has now played six games for JYP with 4 goals and six assists.
Bruins forward and Eller linemate Rich Peverley scored twice and the line of Eller-Peverley and Montreal native Eric Perrin took 21 of the unreal total of 68 shots taken on Joni Ortio in the Helsinki net. Jyväskylä outshot Helsinki 68-31. (Equally unreal – Ortio was not named one of the three stars in the game)
JYP struggled through most of October and early November. Since Eller joined them they are 4-2-0 and have moved up to fifth overall in the SM-Liiga overall standings. Washington’s Mathieu Perreault made his debut with Helsinki in this game, picking up an assist.
……..On to Switzerland where the head-on meeting between Canadiens defense partners Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber turned out to be a no-contest. Raphael Diaz and EV Zug scored a 5-2 win over Yannick Weber and the Geneva Eagles. While Weber failed to get a point and was minus-2, Diaz continued his current hot streak with a goal and an assist, six shots on goal and a glittering plus-5 rating. Diaz is the highest scoring defenseman in the SNL with 7 goals, 19 assists for 29 points in 24 games. He has scored points in eight straight games (4 goals, 6 assists). Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists for Zug.
David Desharnais and Fribourg were 3-0 winners at Biel. Desharnais recorded one assist. Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Boston’s Tyler Seguin were in the Biel lineup.
In the Kontinental Hockey League neither Andrei Markov nor Alexei Emelin showed up on the scoresheet as both Chekhov and Kazan lost their games.
At home against Traktor Chelyabinsk, Vityaz lost 3-2. Playing in his second game after missing seven with a rib injury, Markov logged 17 shifts and 18:22 and had four shots on goal. Only 2600 watched the game in the Moscow suburb of Chekhov.
At Nizhny Novgorod, Ak-Bars suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Torpedo. Emelin put in 19:25 and 24 shifts with one shot on goal.
Scheduled in North America Friday night…..
…………The Hamilton Bulldogs lost to the Abbotsford Heat 5-1. (Game story here) The teams will meet again Saturday night in Abbotsford.
………Scott Gomez was again out of the lineup, this time with food poisoning, as the Alaska Aces edged the Condors 2-1 in an ECHL game at Bakersfield California. After missing two games with a minor lower body injury, Gomez came back for one before he was hit with the food poisoning.
………….In the OHL -
………….Alex Galchenyuk had a three point night as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Saginaw Spirit 7-4 in Sarnia. With a goal and two assists Galchenyuk now has 44 points in 25 games (16 goals,28 assists) . The Sting will play at Peterborough on Saturday.
……..2012 fourth round draft choice Brady Vail and the Windsor Spitfires lost 3-2 in Kitchener. Vail failed to register a point. In 28 games he has 11 goals, 16 assists & 27 points.
…………..In the QMJHL – The Chicoutimi Sagueneens lost 7-1 in Halifax. Charles Hudon assisted on the Sagueens only goal. Hudon, the Canadiens 2012 fifth round draft pick, Hudon has 15 goals and 16 assists in 23 games this season. The Sageneens move on to Moncton for Saturday and Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. And 2011 fourth round choice Olivier Archambault didn’t register a point lost at home 5-4 to Gatineau. The Voltigeurs next game will be against Blainville/Boisbriand on Sunday. Archambault has 12 goals and 15 assists in 28 games.
………….No points for Tim Bozon as the Kamloops Blazers edged Tri City at home.The Blazers will host Tri City Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday, travel to Seattle for Sunday and then return home to play Swift Current on Tuesday. Bozon has 16 goals, 22 assists for a total of 38 points in 28 games.