David Deharnais and Raphael Diaz failed to score a point but Fribourg of the Swiss National League defeated Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League 5-1 in the opening game of the Spengler Cup competition in Davos Switzerland. They will play the Vitkovice Steelers Friday afternoon.
In other news from the Swiss League, 42 year old Paul DiPietro has been released by Lugano. DiPietro, the last active professional from the Canadiens 1993 Stanley Cup winning team, had been brought up from the Swiss second division when Lugano ran into early season injury problems. He was under contract to the team until December 24th.
In the KHL Thursday, Andrei Markov recorded no points but four shots on goal as Vityaz Chekhov lost 4-3 to Moscow Spartak in a shootout. Markov’s ice time was 20:46. Former Canadien Oleg Petrov had two assists for Spartak.
Ak-Bars Kazan were 3-2 overtime winners at the Tatarstan city of Nizhnekamsk. Alexei Emelin, for reasons not yet explained, was not in the Kazan lineup.
Also Thursday, Tomas Plekanec and the Kladno Knights dropped a 4-1 home ice decision to HC Oceláři Třinec. Plekanec failed to get a point although he was on the ice when Jaromir Jagr scored Kladno’s only goal. The Knights are back in action Sunday at Zlin.
Lars Eller and JYP will play the Lahti Pelicans at home in Jyväskylä in the Finnish SM-Liiga Friday night.
In the American Hockey League the Hamilton Bulldogs play the St. John’s Newfoundland IceCaps at Copps Coliseum Friday and then move on to meet Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland on Saturday. The Bulldogs have lost their last five games.
The Alaska Aces and Scott Gomez will host Colorado Friday night and again Saturday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.