Barys forward Kamil Kreps grabbed the winner with just 24 seconds left in Novokuznetsk, leaving Metallurg the latest team to suffer from his recent run of good form. That goal, plus an assist on Kevin Dallman’s equalizer in the second period, took him to eight points in his last four games, with Barys winning three of them. The 3-2 success on Tuesday made it three in a row for Barys as the Kazakhs look to step up their play-off push.
Spartak still suffers
It could hardly have been worse than Sunday’s 10-2 thrashing in St. Petersburg, but that’s little consolation for Spartak after yet another defeat saw the Red-and-Whites go down 5-1 at Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Once again a lack of firepower cost the Moscow side after Stefan Ruzicka had raised hopes by cancelling out Martin Thornberg’s early opener. Two quick goals in the second period from Robert Nilsson and Juuso Hietanen put the game out of the visitors’ reached and extended a miserable run for Spartak.
Traktor leaves it late
Struggling Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg almost denied Traktor Chelyabinsk the chance to return to the top of the table – but were caught short less than two minutes from the hooter. Alexander Ryazantsev tied the game on 58:16 as the hosts surged forward on the powerplay and finally cancelled out Denis Osipov’s opener. Worse was to come for Avto in overtime when Vladimir Antipov got the winner for Traktor.
Kvapil sinks Severstal
Dynamo Moscow picked up a 2-1 win at home to Severstal thanks to Marek Kvapil’s goal on 30:39. Earlier Sergei Soin had put the hosts in front, only for Josef Straka to equalize on 26:48.