Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod became the first team to beat Lokomotiv Yaroslavl this season, winning 6-3 on home ice to end its own losing start to the campaign. Playing in front of its own fans for the first time, Torpedo made a perfect start when Mikhail Tyulyapkin opened the scoring after just 76 seconds. Loko leveled before the interval, but a three goal burst in seven minutes in the second period put the home side in control, with Martin Thornberg grabbing the game-winner on 32:18.
Lokomotiv pulled two back through Niklas Hagman and Alexei Kalyuzhny, but Ruslan Zainullin settled Torpedo’s nerves in the last minute of the second session, and Matt Ellison wrapped up the win in the closing stages. Loko makes its long awaited return to Yaroslavl on Sunday, when Atlant Moscow Region will be the opposition.
Dynamo imposes the penalty
Dynamo Moscow showed greater composure with its penalty shots – both in the game and after it – to earn a shoot-out win at Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Richard Gynge scored twice in the shoot-out and earlier Konstantin Kasyanchuk opened the scoring in regulation time by beating Chris Holt with a penalty shot after he was fouled by Branislav Mezei.
That set the ball rolling for a 3-3 tie, with Dynamo twice holding a two goal lead thanks to defensemen Roman Derlyuk and Dominik Granak. But two goals in 23 seconds brought Avto level midway through the final period, with Vasily Streltsov and Alexander Yukseyev doing the damage.