Things go from Bad to Worse, to Even Worse for Avangard
Thursday October 30th 2008, 8:53 am

A depleted Avangard Omsk line up was shut out by Darius Kasparitis and SKA St. Petersburg in Russia’s second city yesterday. The final score was 5-0, with former Philadelphia Flyer Robert Esche earning the first shutout the Hawks have suffered so far this season.

Omsk entered the game without three of their top six scorers, captain Alexander Svitov, assistant Anton Kuryanov, and, of course, Alexei Cherepanov, their top defenseman, Dmitri Ryabikin, back-up goaltender Alexander Fomichev and forward Igor Volkov. They suffered yet another blow when Jaromir Jagr was unable to return after the first period with what was termed “a minor muscle pull”. He played only 6:12 in 7 shifts. The team was already down by two goals when he left the game.

The club announced today that Svitov will require surgery to repair an injury to his shoulder. Kuryanov is recovering from a badly sprained knee, while Volkov is currently hospitalized and being treated for pneumonia. There is currently no timetable available for their returns. Fomichev and Ryabikin, who is recovering from a groin pull, are both expected back on November 11th, when KHL teams return to the ice after a break for international play.

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