Magnitka's winning beginning; Admiral blockades Barys. August 12 preseason round-up14 August 2017, 15:00
Result of the day
Torpedo - Barys 4-2. Interesting situation in Nizhny Novgorod: each change of leadership has a positive effect on the team’s results. They had a good period after the arrival of Sergei Mikhalev, and an excellent run after the return of Evgeny Popikhin. Now, having welcomed Mikhail Varnakov to the coaching staff, Torpedo are enjoying their best spell of the season, taking points from five successive matches: four regulation wins and a defeat in overtime. Is the formula for success to be found in this city?
In reality, there are other factors. After being banished to the lower league goalie Alexander Fomichev has found a new lease of life, and their Czechs, who did not exactly sparkle at the season’s start, are finally finding their feet. And yes, the new regime at the top has probably brought some changes to the running of the club.
As for Barys, it was a completely different team who beat CSKA two days ago. This time everything went wrong, and goaltender Jeff Glass set an undesirable championship record by conceding 4 goals from 9 shots.
In the Amur - Dinamo Minsk game the fans had a treat in the 49th minute - three goals in 56 seconds, changing the score from 0:1 to 2:2. It is the fifth fastest trio of goals this season. The fastest of all came in the clash between Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Traktor, when the two sides scored three in just 28 seconds.
Dinamo Riga struck seven away goals for the first time since joining the KHL. Their previous best was six, back at the start of the first championship when Amur were the victims. The victory in Novosibirsk is the Latvians’ biggest winning margin, and moreover breaks another recent club record: in September the Riga men hammered Spartak 5:1 in Moscow, which was their most impressive away victory until today.
Weinhandl in the deadly dozen
Dynamo Moscow’s Swedish forward Mattias Weinhandl has become one of only 12 players in the KHL to have scored two short-handed goals. Interestingly, the list includes his teammate at the Blue-and-Whites, Konstantin Panov, although he scored both his goals while playing for Lada.
SKA in the lead
Petersburg’s Army Men are the championship leaders for keeping clean sheets, with eight so far this season. And for HC MVD it is the third time they have failed to score, but this is not the worst record among the division leaders. Metallurg Magnitogorsk have been goalless in four matches, SKA in one, and Salavat Yulaev have scored in every game of the championship.
Lasak breaks his record
Atlant goaltender Jan Lasak has now gone 119 minutes 25 seconds without conceding. Currently, this is the 19th longest unbeaten spell this season, but the Slovak keeper has already beaten his previous best in Russia. This was set in 2003-04, when he kept his goal intact for over 109 minutes.
Spartak conceded into an empty net for the fourth time this season, having unsuccessfully pulled the goaltender. This brings the Red-and-Whites level with Ak Bars and Metallurg Novokuznetsk but still a long way behind Dinamo Minsk, who have shipped nine such goals already this season. It is only the second time Severstal have punished their opponents for leaving the goal unguarded.
Not Ramo’s day
Avangard Omsk goaltender Karri Ramo has just played his worst match of the season, saving only 10 of13 shots from CSKA. Until this match the Finn’s worst game for percentage of shots saved was in Omsk against Sibir, 82.4%, although Avangard still won the match. But today’s showing of 76.9% did not bring his club success, and means Karri drops to 15th place in the League for percentage of shots saved, with 91.0%.
The Thoresen Show
For the second time, Salavat Yulaev’s Norwegian attacker Patrick Thoresen has scored three goals in a game. Today’s hat-trick was the League’s sixth fastest, taking only 18 minutes 50 seconds. And there is more: Patrick now tops the table for efficiency rating, now +29, and is also the championship’s fifth top scorer, with 44 points.
Figures of the day
65 shots on goal in the game between Severstal and Spartak.
35 shots at the Atlant goal by the Lokomotiv players.
8 shots at goal from SKA attacker Maxim Sushinsky.
28 minutes 11 seconds spent in play by Amur defenseman Vitaly Shulakov.
85.2% of 27 face-offs won by Spartak attacker Dmitry Upper.
Robert Esche (SKA). Saved 21 shots, claiming his fifth clean sheet of the season.
Guntis Galvins (Dinamo Riga). A striking achievement for a defenseman: two goals and two assists. Efficiency rating of+3.
Yury Koksharov (Amur). Scored one goal from play and then clinched victory for his club in the shoot-out. Was the team’s most active forward with 6 shots.
Mattias Weinhandl (Dynamo Moscow). Scored two goals, one of them short-handed, and supplied the pass for another goal.
Vadim Shipachev (Severstal). Added two goals and two assists to his account.
“It was as if the Riga goal was bewitched,” - Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
“Despite the result, we played a very good game,” - Spartak head coach Milos Riha.
“We withstood some decent pressure in the third period. It was a tough game, even brutal at times,” - Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru