Night of the long games. October 11 round-up

12 October 2013, 01:14

Five of the 10 KHL games played Friday went into overtime – and three required shoot-outs. From the goal-fest at Sevestal, where the home team defeated Admiral after a 4-4 tie, to the goalless game in Yaroslavl, where Amur eventually won in a shoot-out, the night just kept going the distance. Meanwhile, Sergei Fedorov’s career is still poised to go into its own overtime – but not quite yet. Although back in training with CSKA, he didn’t make the roster for tonight’s clash with Metallurg.

CSKA wins – without Fedorov
The pre-game build-up was all about Sergei Fedorov, the CSKA and Red Wings legend who had ditched the general manager’s office for the training rink after registering as a player during the week.

In the event, though, Fedorov didn’t feature against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, another of his former clubs, suggesting in an interview published Friday that he was some way short of match fitness. The indications are that he will feature against Neftekhimik on Sunday.

In his absence CSKA snatched a shoot-out win after a 1-1 tie. Ilya Zubov got the only goal of the shoot-out, while stand-in goalie Ilya Proskuryakov produced two good saves at the other end.

Earlier CSKA’s defensive failings were highlighted again for the Magnitka opener, with Sergei Mozyakin given far too much space in front of goal to score on Rastislav Stana after a Evgeny Biryukov slap-shot got caught in traffic.

But the home side leveled through Oleg Saprykin early in the third. This time it was Magnitka’s defense which parted, giving the forward time to deke Vasily Koshechkin.


Amur steals stormy win
Goalies were on top in Yaroslavl, where Amur beat Lokomotiv in a shoot-out after a 0-0 tie. But Jakub Petruzalek’s eventual winner was overshadowed by two incidents in the second period.

First Loko’s Mikhail Pashnin was expelled for a high check on Jan Mursak, compounding his crime by getting into a fight with Mikhail Fisenko, who was handed a major penalty for his role.

Then Amur’s Denis Yezhov followed Pashnin into the locker rooms after being expelled for kneeing on Janis Sprukts. The big Latvian limped from the ice after being rammed into the goal frame.

Extras all round
Severstal, Sibir and Slovan picked up victories after 60 minutes. In Cherepovets, the home team trailed four times but still forced a tie with Admiral before Vladimir Antipov won it in the shoot-out. Antipov also scored in regulation; Artyom Ternavsky got two for Admiral.

There was another shoot-out in Bratislava after Slovan and Salavat Yulaev were locked at 1-1. Tomas Netik got the decider, a long time after the teams had traded goals in the opening exchanges. Yegor Dubrovsky (6:11) cancelled out Jonathan Sigalet’s opener, but nobody could beat the goalies after that.

Sibir beat Atlant in overtim after a 1-1 tie. Alexander Kutuzov scored after just 44 seconds of added time; earlier Igor Radulov had earned Atlant a single point with his 53rd-minute equalizer.


Kovi’s comeback
Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the SKA line-up and produced a hat-trick of assists as his team beat Metallurg Novokuznetsk 4-1 in St. Petersburg. It was a strong display from SKA’s special teams, with each of those assists coming on the powerplay. Kevin Dallman, Tony Martensson and Dmitry Kalinin were the beneficiaries of Kovi’s contribution; Alexei Semenov opened the scoring after just two minutes.

Around the league
Medvescak marches on with a 5-2 victory at Donbass taking its winning streak to eight games. Bill Thomas scored twice, while Patrick Bjorkstrand had 1+1.


Kari Jalonen’s arrival at Lev inspired the Prague team to a thumping 7-2 win over Traktor. The points were widely distributed throughout the team, but Jakub Klepis (1+1) and Jiri Sekac (0+2) led the way to a best-ever win for the Czechs.

Goal-shy Neftekhimik found the target after two blank games, but still could not get a win. The Nizhnekamsk team lost 2-1 at Dinamo Riga despite Mikhail Anisin’s second-period goal. Sandis Ozolins got the game winner on 49:43.

Goals early in the third period from Alexei Yefimenko and Alexander Materukhin lifted Dinamo Minsk to a 3-1 win over Spartak.