SKA St. Petersburg romped to a 5-2 win at CSKA Moscow, adding to their military comrades’ misery. A burst of three goals in two second period minutes proved decisive, and sent the Moscow side tumbling to a sixth successive defeat. Denis Parshin’s impressive opener had raised hopes for the hosts, but Mattias Weinhandl tied the game before the first interval. And with CSKA in penalty trouble after the break, a piledriver from Dmitry Kalinin, a precise finish from Evgeny Artyukhin and second goal for Weinhandl put the game out of reach. Parshin got one back, but SKA was not to be denied.
Vityaz shocks Dinamo
Last time Vityaz Chekhov went to Minsk it was a post-game brawl which hit the headlines - but on Tuesday night it was all about the underdogs shooting down one of the Western Conference leaders. After a goalless first period Nikita Dvurechensky cancelled out Andrei Stas’s opener in the second session. Goals from Sergei Goncharov and promising young Mikhail Anisin put the visitors 3-1 ahead, and this time the late excitement came for the right reasons as Jere Karalahti pulled a late goal back for the Belarusians to make it 3-2 at the hooter.
Atlant too strong
Atlant Moscow Region proved stronger in the final period to beat Dynamo Moscow 4-2 at home. Goals in the last 20 minutes from Eduard Lewandowski and Andrei Zubarev made it a winning return to action for last year’s silver medalists following the international break. For Dynamo, however, defeat saw the team lose ground on SKA St. Petersburg in the race for a seeded spot in the conference table - and fans will have uncomfortable memories of last season’s midwinter collapse which began with a dismal December sequence.