Defending champions Donbass Donetsk opened the 2014 Continental Cup Final with a narrow 3-2 win over the Stavanger Oilers in Rouen on Friday.
Michael Leighton’s team-mates were made to battle hard throughout the contest and conceded an early goal before stepping it up a gear in the second period thanks to their prolific winger Jan Kolar.
Evgenyi Dadonov then put Donbass ahead in the third period and despite the Ukrainian side dominating possession, Tommy Kristiansen drew his side level in the dying moments to force a shootout.
Former Florida Panthers center Vaclav Nederost eventually scored the winning penalty for Donbass giving his side a major boost ahead of their next game against Italian giants Asiago on Saturday.
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