Dinamo Minsk enjoyed an emphatic 6-2 success over Avangard, ending a five-game winning sequence that had lifted the visitor to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Although the host went into the game on the back of a four-game streak of its own, few would have expected such a decisive victory for the Belarusians, especially after Artyom Volkov put Avangard up in the third minute.
But Ryan Vesce tied the game moments later and Alexander Kulakov gave Dinamo a lead at the first intermission.
The middle session belong to Lukas Krajicek as his goal and two assists took the game beyond Avangard. First he set up Jonathan Cheechoo for a shorthanded goal, then he assisted on Dmitry Meleshko’s power play strike before scoring himself in the 40th minute. Fittingly Krajicek was involved in the final marker of the night, setting up Matt Ellison for an empty-netter – also short-handed – with five minutes to play.
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