Spartak Moscow 3
SKA St. Petersburg 5
The Army side continued their march with a second impressive away win of the week. Spartak were outgunned in the first period, trailing 4-1 at the first hooter and replacing shell-shocked goaltender Evgeny Konobry. Yet it started well for the Moscow team, as Eduard Lewandowsky put them ahead after 37 seconds. But indiscipline cost them, with powerplay goals for Joel Kwiatkowski (8:15), Yury Trubachev (12:48) and Anton But (19:03) putting SKA in charge. 13 seconds before the break Sergei Brylin added to Spartak's woes.

But they made a fight of it after that poor start, with Igor Musatov making it 2-4 on 36:24 and Ilya Kablukov adding a goal to his earlier assist on 50:33. Robert Esche then pulled off two great saves to deny Spartak's Alexander Rybakov and Roman Lyuduchin before Nils Ekman wrapped things up for SKA with an empty net goal 11 seconds from time.

Avangard Omsk 1
CSKA Moscow 0
CSKA suffered a fourth away defeat in succession thanks to an early powerplay goal from Avangard’s Anton Babchuk. He struck on 3:26, with assists from Anton Kuryanov and Dmitry Vlasenkov as the visitors’ Maxim Goncharov sat out a two-minute penalty. It was Babchuk’s third goal of the season, and kept up a strong run of form for the Siberian side, which has suffered just two defeats in its last 10 games to climb to third in the Eastern conference. The Army Men, who also went down on their recent visits to Neftekhimik, Salavat Yulayev and Barys, will be grateful to return home to face Dinamo Riga next Wednesday as they look to close on SKA St. Petersburg at the top of the Western section.

Salavat Yulayev Ufa 6
Vityaz Chekhov 1
Salavat Yulayev continued their impressive form with a comprehensive demolition of struggling Vityaz. Patrick Thoresen's hat-trick led the way in a match which was over as a contest by the 35-minute mark. Lowly Vityaz fought hard early on, but trailed at the first interval to Maxim Kondratyev's goal on 18:15. However, it took them just 26 seconds of the second period to level matters, Viktor Bobrov converting Alexander Romanov's pass. But after Ruslan Nurtdinov grabbed his second goal of the week on 33:16, Thoresen (pictured) took control. His first goal, on a powerplay, came on 35:30, and 32 seconds into the final session he made it 4-1, assisted by Sergei Zinovyev and Alexander Radulov - and the video officials. Dmitry Kalinin added a further powerplay goal on 50:53 before Thoresen completed the scoring with his hat-trick goal on 54:20.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4
Atlant Moscow Region 2
Last year's runners-up are showing signs of building up a head of steam after putting together a four-match winning streak. Moscow Region's Atlant were their latest victims, with two goals in 54 third-period seconds settling a feisty encounter. Sergei Konkov (49:38), assisted by opening goalscorer Alexei Mikhnov and Monday's matchwinner Josef Vasicek, gave the hosts a 3-1 advantage, and with Leonid Kanareykin in the sin-bin, Alexander Guskov made it 4-1 on 50:32. Jiri Novotny got a late consolation for Atlant on 58:52, but it was too little, too late. Earlier Mikhnov opened the scoring on 11:36 but Denis Bodrov equalized on 17:53, assisted by Novotny. The ever-lively Vasicek created the go-ahead goal for Vitaly Anikeyenko on 34:51.

Barys Astana 4
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2
Barys are building a formidable home record - but they had goaltender Jeff Glass to thank for a hard-fought win over Torpedo. The visitors outshot their hosts 40-27, but were unable to shatter Glass's resistance. The opener came early for Barys, on 01:38 as Alexander Koreshkov profited from defensive confusion to shoot into an unguarded net. And by the halfway point it was 3-0, with David Nemirovsky (25:12) and Alexander Shin (28:25) putting the home side in control. But Torpedo weren't sunk, and a shorthanded goal for Ilya Krikunov on 50:35 gave them a way back into the game. Krikunov struck again on 53:18, this time on a powerplay, but as the visitors chased the equalizer Nemirovsky got his third of the week into an empty net to settle matters on 59:25.

KH MVD Moscow Region 4
Severstal Cherepovets 5 SO
Severstal picked up their first away win of the month in an exciting game between these Tarasov Division rivals. Ladislav Nagy's second of the night on 57:20 and Oleg Gubin's calmly converted penalty proved decisive as MVD suffered a second loss in a row on their own ice. The visitors led 3-1 after two periods, with Nagy, Nikolai Bardin and Sergei Soin getting their goals while Konstantin Volkov was on target for the police team. But Pavel Trakhanov's powerplay effort on 42:15 put the game back on a knife-edge, and when Severstal's Nikolai Lemtyugov went back in the penalty box Alexei Tsvetkov got his second assist of the night for Maxim Solovyev to equalize on 51:59. Within 24 seconds an unassisted Matt Ellison goal put MVD in front for the first time, but Nagy's late leveller cost them the points.

Andy Potts

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