Tomas Plekanec’s eighth goal of the season proved to be the game winner as the Kladno Knights edged Litvinov Verva 2-1 Sunday at Kladno. Plekanec’s linemates Jaromir Jagr and Jiri Tlusty drew assists on the goal.
The victory before a sellout crowd of 8,000 at Kladno’s Municipal Arena ended a two game losing streak.
In a hockey oddity, Jagr was awarded two penalty shots in the game. He was stopped on both occasions by Litvinov goaltender Petr Franek. Litvinov outshot the Knights 38-33.
Plekanec is third in the Czech Extraliga scoring race with eight goals and eight assists in ten games. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,000 at the Kladno Municipal Arena.
Kladno’s next game will be Thursday at the Western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad).
Before the game, Kladno management announced that tickets for their October 23rd home game against the Brno Comets at the O2 Arena in Prague will go on sale at 1:15 Monday morning.
The game is expected to be another Kladno sellout in a long string of them both home and away. The Knights have played two home games in the Prague facility this season. Both games drew over 15,000 fans.
By our standards, hockey in the Czech Republic is an extraordinary bargain. Ticket prices for this game will run from 150 to 290 Koruna (Crowns) 7.60 to 14.70 in Canadian dollars.
Largest crowds at O2 arena
In the Ontario Hockey League Canadiens top draft pick Alexander Galchenyuk added two assists to his total as the Sarnia Sting beat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3-1 in Sarnia. In two games over the weekend Galchenyuk picked up three assists and now has 4 goals and 8 assists in nine games.