Magnitka's winning beginning; Admiral blockades Barys. August 12 preseason round-up14 August 2017, 15:00
Highlights of the day
Magnitogorsk attacker Juhamatti Aaltonen (pictured) has struck the first hat-trick of the championship, and the Finn becomes only the second Metallurg player to score three goals in a KHL game. The only other time the fans in the Urals celebrated such a feat was back in the very first KHL season, when the hero was Tomas Rolinek.
100% records fall
After today’s synchronous defeats of Sibir and Avangard (both losing on their own ice, and by identical scores) there is no longer a single team in the League which can boast having grabbed 100% of points available. Indeed, there is only one club still yet to taste defeat (Salavat Yulaev) and two that have not yet lost in regulation time (the very same Ufa men and Metallurg Magnitogorsk, who have already taken points off each other).
The list of teams still awaiting their first regulation time win is rather longer – seven clubs, among whom we must mention Atlant, who have still not scored a single goal this season.
Worst ever start
In all Russian history CSKA had never until now begun a championship with three straight defeats. And in the KHL the club seemed to have acquired a habit of winning two out of the first three games. Last season they conquered cross-town rivals Dynamo and then Metallurg Novokuznetsk, and the year before enjoyed wins over Torpedo and HC MVD.
The victors over Sergei Nemchinov’s men in this campaign can hardly be described as the toughest opposition: two of the three clubs could not even make last season’s play-offs.
Figures of the day
Torpedo goalie Bernd Bruckler’s unbeaten spell reached 100 minutes and 39 seconds, the best so far of the current season. The KHL record, however, still belongs to Stanislav Galimov of Ak Bars, who in the first championship played for 224 minutes and 40 seconds without allowing a single goal.
Jeff Glass (Barys). Saved 41 shots while keeping his first clean sheet of the season.
Andrei Shefer (Severstal). Struck the decisive goal.
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA). Spent over 20 minutes in play, scored a goal, and earned a +3.
Juhamatti Aaltonen (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Was the most active player in his team, with six shots at goal – half of which found the target.
Josef Vasicek (Lokomotiv). Scored the game-winner, spent over 24 minutes on the ice, won 65% of face-offs and fired four shots at goal.
Ruslan Khasanshin (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Had already distinguished himself in regulation time with a goal and assist before his successful strike settled the shoot-out and brought his team their first win of the championship.
Quotes of the day
“This was a successful trip to the East. They say the shoot-out is skill first, and then luck. Today our guys showed skill,” - Dinamo Riga head coach Julius Supler.
“No-one wants to lose, and here I can’t put any blame on our guys. They’re trying, they’re battling. We’ve been creating a lot of chances, both today and in our previous game in Khabarovsk,” - CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
“In the third period we let the game follow the kind of plot you usually only see in fiction,” - Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
“We are more disappointed with our foreigners, because we invited them to play the leading roles,” - Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru