Narrow win for Avangard
Avangard Omsk 1 Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk 0
A single goal from Joonas Ahnelov was enough to give Fyodor Kanareikin a winning start to life as Avangard’s head coach.
The Hawks had a hard time breaking down a resilient Ugra team, mustering just six shots on goal in the first period and only 20 in total. Ahnelov’s breakthrough came early in the second with a well-placed wrister from the point beating Vladislav Fokin.
The home team failed to capitalize on that advantage, still struggling to get clear sights of Fokin’s net, but Ugra was unable to find a way back into the game. In the final period, with the visitor trying to chase an equalizer, Avangard’s defense allowed just three shots on Dominik Furch’s net as the team ground out a narrow victory.
Surprise defeat for SKA
Traktor Chelyabinsk 2 SKA St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
It should have been a triumphant return for Pavel Datsyuk, back in his homeland and playing in the KHL fo ...