Perfect in St. Pete

25 September 2011, 20:26

Two weeks into the KHL season and SKA St. Petersburg have the last remaining 100% record in the competition. A 3-1 win at home to Traktor Chelyabinsk put Milos Riha's team on four wins from four games - and served notice to the rest. In past years the expensively-assembled team from the northern capital has been plagued with inconsistency, but so far this season they look to have solved that problem. Maxim Afinogenov and Igor Makarov got SKA on top in the first period, and although Anton Burdasov pulled one back for Traktor a powerplay goal from Mattias Weinhandl on 57:15 secured the latest SKA success.

Saving the best til last
Torpedo produced a storming display in the final period to sweep aside Avtomobilist 5-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. There was little hint of the goal glut to come in the early stages: the game remained scoreless until 39:24 when Denis Abdullin put the men from Yekaterinburg in front. But that sparked Torpedo into life at last. Dmitry Vorobyov scored on 5v3 powerplay to tie the game on 41:38 before a remarkable sequence of four goals in 14 minutes handed the hosts a convincing win. Ilya Krikunov got two of them, with Semyon Valuisky and Alexander Goroshansky completing the rout.

On the march
CSKA recorded a second successive home win, beating Dinamo Minsk 2-0 in Moscow. The Army Men went ahead on 02:24 through Dmitry Monya, and doubled their lead through Sergei Shirokov on a powerplay early in the second period.


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