It’s been a while since we’ve looked at how the boys are doing overseas, so let’s do that, shall we?
- SC Bern has been reeling a little bit. After beating HC Davos 6- 3, they won 4-3 against the SCL Tigers, then dropped their next two against EHC Biel and the Zurich SC Lions. John Tavares has nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven games played, while Mark Streit has fallen off a bit on his point-per-game pace with eight in eleven (four goals, four assists, including a goal scored against the Lions). Bern plays next against the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers on Tuesday (10/23).
- Rauman Lukko is still toward the bottom of the standings with 20 points in 15 games played — regulation wins are three points in the SM-liiga, not two — but Frans Nielsen has been on point with his playmaking. He has nine points, in fact, all assists, in eight games, and has been very disciplined with only 2 PIM. He and Rauman Lukko play the Blues next, also on Tuesday.
- Villacher SV has suffered a couple of crushing losses in the past couple of games, including an 8-4 blowout against HC Orli Znojmo and a 6-3 loss against the EHC Linz Black Wings. Michael Grabner is tearing it up on the top line wing with five points (3 G, 2 A) in his four games played. VSV plays EC KAC on Friday (10/26).
- HC Energie Karlovy Vary came away with a 5-3 win today against Ceske Budejovice, its second in a row. Andrew MacDonald has two assists in four games and is a -2. Karlovy Vary plays Trinec next on Tuesday (Tuesday night is popular with the Euro teams, I see). Fun fact: Dustin Kohn, who suited up for 22 games with the Isles in 2009-10 following an Andy Sutton suspension, is the only other Canadian on this team.
- SC Riessersee is 1-9. Got that? Good. Their only win came during their season opener against Eispiraten Crimmitschau. Their latest loss came in the shootout against the SERC Wild Wings. (Sounds like a bar/grill I know.) Rick DiPietro posted a 3.03 GAA in his one game played against the Landshut Cannibals on Oct. 14 — and no, as far as I know, he did not get hurt, fortunately. Riessersee doesn’t play against till next Sunday (10/28) against the Fischtown Pinguins. (No, not Penguins. Pinguins. I love Germany.)
- Lubomir Visnovsky has three points in eight games for HC Slovan Bratislava, two of them goals (none of them PPG, unfortunately). Slovan beat Neftehkimik 5-4 in the shootout and lost against Salavat Yulaev in similar fashion, 3-2, then lost their last game miserably against Severstal, 6-0, on Oct. 17 and don’t play against until — you guessed it — Tuesday, against CSKA Moscow. It’s so much easier to get KHL info, by the way, mainly because they have an English-language website that is a Godsend. Whew.
- Finally, here’s a name we missed — Jesse Joensuu has been playing with Assat Pori in the SM-liiga (whose name translates to “Aces”, at least according to Google). The Aces won their last game against Ilves 6-1, snapping a three-game losing streak and scoring the bulk of their goals in the third period. Joensuu has done his part, with 15 points (8 G, 7 A) in 13 games. They face off against HIFK on Friday.