Apparently Alexei Emelin‘s coaches have told him to step up the offensive side of his game. While he didn’t get a point, Emelin had an assist and five shots on goal as Ak-Bars edged Novosibirsk 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday. Emelin’s assist came on a power play, of all things. The defense-oriented Emelin has been on, for him, a scoring rampage with two goals and three assists in his last seven games. That accounts for five of the total of six points he;s scored in his nineteen games with Kazan. The game was played in front of 3400 at Kazan. Emelin logged 20:07 and 26 shifts. Novosibirsk has lost fourteen straight games at Kazan. Their last win in the capital city of Tatarstan was November 2002.
In the KHL, Andrei Markov assisted on a goal as Vityaz outlasted Yugra 5-4 before 2500 at Khanty-Mansiysk. Markov had one shot on goal and 17:08 ice time. Only 2500 watched the game in the 5500 capacity Yugra Arena.
Lars Eller scored once and his JYP teammates defeated the Espoo Blues 5-2 at Jyväskylä Wednesday. Eller has clearly changed the personality of the team in the seven games he’s played there. They have now won four of the last five and Eller overall has five goals and seven assists. Linemate Eric Perrin had two assists in this game. Next game for JYP will Friday night at home against SaiPa Lappeenranta.
The only other member of the Canadiens in action on Wednesday was Scott Gomez of theECHL’s Alaska Aces. Gomez, who missed two games last weekend with food poisoning, scored a goal and assist in the third period as the Aces edged Utah 4-2. He took three shots and was plus-2. In six games with Alaska Gomez has three goals and four assists. This was the first of four straight games Utah will play in Anchorage this week. The league leading Aces have now won six games in a row.
In junior hockey late Tuesday -Canadiens third round draft pick Tim Bozon assisted twice as the Kamloops Blazers scored two goals in the final 1:44 to edge the Swift Current Broncos 2-1. It was the first time in eight games that Bozon had recorded multiple points.