Torpedo took advantage of SKA’s uncertain recent form to romp to a 5-2 win over the league leader. If the Petersburg side had ridden its luck to sneak a shoot-out win over Vityaz on Sunday, there was no good fortune on offer when it arrived in Nizhny Novgorod.
Jarkko Immonen was the key man, scoring three for Torpedo to secure a memorable victory for a team which has been plagued with inconsistency so far this year. The Finn stretched the lead to 3-0 after Daniil Zharkov had opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and SKA was unable to find a way back into the game.
Artemy Panarin continued his rich vein of scoring form this season with 1+1 for SKA, but it was never going to put any serious pressure on Torpedo in the closing stages.
Dynamo unruffled by Severstal
Three first-period goals saw Dynamo ease to victory over Severstal. Filip Novak, Konstantin Volkov and Martins Karsums did the damage in the opening session, setting up the defending champion for a second successive win after a troubled sequence of results.
Severstal’s Nikolai Bushuyev pulled one back in the second, but Dynamo was in control throughout and outshot the visitor by 33-20.
Loko back to winning ways
Lokomotiv ended a two-game streak without a goal, but had to work hard for a win at improving Vityaz. The Yaroslavl side conceded early, but Daniil Apalkov and Yegor Averin turned the game around with quick goals either side of the first interval.
Alexander Korolyuk tied it at 2-2 in the third, but Anton But’s goal in the 57th minute proved enough to give Loko a much-needed win. The result leaves the two teams level on points just outside the play-off zone in the West.
Around the league
Alexander Burmistrov had 1+1, including the gamewinner, as Ak Bars beat Atlant 4-2. The Kazan side stretched its winning run to four games, to return to top spot in the East.
Admiral suffered its first home defeat, but only after Enver Lisin’s last-minute goal forced a 2-2 tie with Lev. The game was decided by Topi Jaakola’s overtime strike; the Finn had also scored in the first period to cancel out Vladimir Pervushin’s opener.
Slovan scored five in the first 25 minutes on the way to a comfortable win at Amur. Michel Miklik, who inspired the team’s first regulation time win of the season on Sunday, got the game-winner here in a 5-2 success.