Two of the league’s high-flyers, Ak Bars and Dynamo, shut out their opponents Wednesday. For Ak Bars, a 1-0 win over Donbass was a second successive shut-out, with Konstantin Barulin’s 32 saves matching Emil Garipov’s feat against Spartak on Monday. Mikhail Varnakov got the only goal in the 56th minute.
Meanwhile in Moscow Dynamo bounced back from Monday’s defeat against Donbass with a 4-0 victory over Dinamo Minsk. The breakthrough came one second before the hooter in the second period as Konstantin Gorovikov opened the scoring. Soon after the interval Alexei Tsvetkov doubled the lead and the home side wrapped up the scoring in the closing stages. Alexander Lazushin made 24 saves.
Barys completes perfect voyage Russia’s Far East is, by reputation, not an easy place to go – but Barys appears to have the remedy to any travel-sickness. Wednesday’s 4-3 win at Amur completed a four-game sweep of the remote region’s teams and maintained the Kazakh club’s position among the Eastern Conference leaders.
This time Barys left it late: three goals in the final period wiped out a 3-1 lead for Amur, for whom Timofei Shishkanov scored twice. But the final word went to Nik Antropov, whose second of the game in the 55th minute completed the fightback.
Riha rage after Avangard defeat
Milos Riha was left raging at his senior players after Avangard slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Admiral. Avangard was sunk by a first-period broadside in Vladivostok, overcoming a slow start to get three goals on the board and leave Riha lamenting the performance of his first two lines. Andrei Nikitenko and Alexei Ugarov opened up a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes and Artyom Ternavsky extended the lead on 13:05. Igor Bortnikov brought up the fourth just after midway, making it the first time Admiral had scored four on home ice. Alexander Popov reduced the arrears, but couldn’t appease his head coach.
Around the league
Two goals each for Paul Szczechura and Roberts Bukarts saw Dinamo Riga to a 4-3 win over CSKA – but only after the Moscow team recovered a 0-3 deficit. Alexei Morozov tied the game at the end of the second, but Bukarts settled it in the 47th minute.
Wojtek Wolski was Torpedo’s hero as Medvescak continues to struggle on the road. He scored both his team’s goal to ensure an overtime win following a 1-1 tie. Medvescak picked up its first point in four games when Matt Murley leveled on the powerplay early in the third but could not escape a fifth successive defeat.
Anatoly Yemelin brought his Avtobmobilist team to former club Metallurg Novokuznetsk and left with a 3-1 win. Igor Yemeleyev got the game-winner with 10 minutes left to play.