Medvescak finally got off the mark with a comfortable home victory over struggling Severstal, but CSKA’s winning start to the season came to an end in Minsk.
Goalie Kevin Lalande made his debut for the Army Men on his return to the arena where he previously played for Dinamo Minsk, but his former colleagues ensured it was an unhappy return.
Charles Linglet opened the scoring in the fourth minute as the home team made a lively start and Artur Gavrus doubled that lead before the first intermission.
Linglet then turned provider, claiming an assist on Ryan Vesce’s power play effort early in the third before CSKA stepped up a gear.
The visitors led the shot count 13-3 in the middle session, and Vladimir Zharkov got them on the scoreboard just after midway. The third period was even more one-sided, with CSKA registered 15 unanswered shots on Lars Haugen’s net, but only one, from Stephane Da Costa, found its way to the target as Dinamo held on for a 3-2 win.
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