A change in coaching personnel seems to have done the trick for Barys Astana - and especially forward Brendon Bochenski. He scored his fifth goal in three games under new boss Andrei Shayanov as the Kazakh team came from behind to beat Sibir Novosibirsk. Vladimir Tarasenko gave the Siberians an early lead, but Nigel Dawes equalized on 34:38 and Dustin Boyd put Barys ahead for the first time on 41:23 before Bochenski’s goal on 43:15. Jonas Enlund made it 3-2 late on.
Turning the tables
League leaders Amur Khabarovsk had to fight to the very last to overcome basement club Avtomobilist on penalty shots in Yekaterinburg after a 4-4 tie. Avto made a great start, opening up a 2-0 lead in the first period through Vyacheslav Seluyanov and Dmitry Tsyganov. But Amur isn’t top of the table for nothing, and the leaders battled back with goals from prolific Czech partners Petr Vrana and Jakub Petruzalek before the halfway mark. This time, however, Avto did not buckle under the pressure and raised its game to regain the initiative in the third period. Goals from Filipp Savchenko and Nikolai Bushuyev made it 4-2 but Amur came roaring back thanks to two more goals from Vrana on 54:12 and 59:07. After overtime could not separate the teams, Petruzalek’s penalty prowess proved decisive.
Avangard too strong
Avangard withstood a fightback from Metallurg Novokuznetsk to run out 4-2 victors in Omsk. After a goalless first period the hosts took control, scoring three unanswered goals through Roman Cervenka, Martin Skoula and Dmitry Syomin before the second interval. But Alexander Mereskin and Alexander Golovin brought Metallurg back into contention by 54:35 before a last-second goal from Alexander Frolov sealed Avangard’s win.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk needed to draw on all its strength to battle back against Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. The Steelmen’s stuttering form continued early in the game as Yugra went 2-0 up through Alexei Pepelyaev and Igor Skorokhodov. Alexei Kaigorodov and Denis Khlystov leveled things only for Vitaly Sitnikov to give Yugra the lead again almost immediately. Juhamatti Aaltonen concluded a breathless open period by making it 3-3 on 19:29 and the teams proved inseparable until overtime, when Lasse Kukonen got the winner for the hosts after just 10 seconds of play.
CSKA edge it
CSKA almost squandered a winning position at home to Severstal Cherepovets before battling through in overtime thanks to Mikhail Pashnin. The Moscow side took the lead on 1:18 thanks to a freakish goal from Peter Caslava, whose thump upfield deceived Vasily Koshechkin while his team was changing on the fly. Alexander Guskov doubled the Army Men’s lead on 7:38, with Severstal struggling to impose itself on the game at all. But after the interval the visitors stepped up a notch and Staffan Kronvall pulled one back on 30:12 before Maxim Chudinov equalized on 45:51 to force overtime.
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk twice recovered a two-goal deficit before beating Dinamo Riga. Yegor Milovzorov got the winning goal in the shoot-out after scoring twice in a 4-4 tie. Fredrick Warg and Sandis Ozolins got the Latvians off to a good start with goals on 4:43 and 6:48 before Nikolai Belov reduced the deficit on 12:58, moments after Janis Sprukts had failed with a penalty shot. Martins Karsums made it 3-1 before Milovzorov got the first of his regulation-time goals on 32:19. Kristaps Sotnieks and Milovzorov traded third period goals before Maxim Pestushko grabbed an equalizer on 58:29 to force overtime.