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Amerks come up short against CSKA

December 27, 2013
Photo: Micheline Veluvolu

The Rochester Americans put forth a great effort on Friday in a 4-3 loss to CSKA Moscow in their second game at the 2013 Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

The Americans (0-2) return to action Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET against either HC Vitkovice or HC Davos, with a chance to advance to the semifinals.

Luke Adam scored twice and Phil Varone added a goal and an assist for the Amerks, who bounced back from Thursday's 5-0 loss to Geneve-Servette with an impressive performance. Matt Hackett, starting for the second consecutive day, finished with 34 saves against CSKA, whose roster was headlined by former NHL MVP and three-time Stanley Cup champion Sergei Fedorov.

“I thought our effort tonight was great,” said Amerks head coach Chadd Cassidy. “The guys executed and played as a team. We made some mistakes, but I thought all-in-all our game was pretty solid. Unfortunately, it was a little bit too late, but I thought we did a real good job.”

CSKA, currently seventh overall in the 28-team Kontinental Hockey League, got a goal and two assists from former Milwaukee Admirals and Nashville Predators standout Alexander Radulov in the win. Igor Grigorenko had two goals and an assist, Nikolai Prokhorkin notched a goal and an assist and former AHL All-Star goaltender Rastislav Stana stopped 25 of 28 shots.