Spartak’s unwelcome achievement. January 25 round-up

26 January 2014, 00:39

Spartak set an unwanted record for consecutive KHL defeats – but once again Fyodor Kanareikin’s youthful line-up was dealt a dis-service by the final score.

Spartak lost 1-5 at home to SKA to make it 15 defeats in a row. However, while the outcome might have been predictable, the Red-and-Whites battled hard to ensure that the game was still alive until deep into the final period.

Although Ilya Kovalchuk and Vadim Shipachyov gave SKA a 2-0 lead, Igor Volkov halved the deficit almost immediately and brave netminding from young Igor Shestyorkin ensured it was a one-goal game until the 48th minute.

Then, finally, SKA made itself comfortable. Two goals for Igor Makarov sandwiched a marker from Roman Cervenka to give the final scoreline a slightly flattering look.


Traktor holds play-off position
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s shoot-out winner kept Traktor in a play-off position following a 2-2 tie in Novokuznetsk.

But the Chelyabinsk team, which went into the game knowing it needed some kind of win to overhaul Admiral, made hard work of victory over the KHL’s bottom club.

Petri Kontiola put the visitor in front on 67 seconds, but Metallurg hit back to lead thanks to Semyon Valuisky and Kurtis McLean. Alexei Zavarukhin tied it up in the third to force the extras.

Earlier Admiral had briefly docked in eighth position with a 3-2 win at home to Salavat Yulaev. Vladivostok’s foreign contingent of Richard Gynge, Niclas Bergfors and Mike Commodore opened up a 3-0 lead in the second period; Igor Mirnov and Tomas Zaborsky made it close, but not close enough for Salavat.


Around the league

Eastern Conference leader Metallurg Magnitogorsk suffered a 2-1 defeat at Sibir, conceding to Oleg Gubin 37 seconds before the hooter. Earlier Francis Pare had cancelled out Dmitry Monya’s opener.

Mark Dekanich held firm in goal for Medvescak to clinch a narrow 1-0 win over Lokomotiv. He made 42 saves, while Mike Glumac got the only goal in the second period.

Two goals from Vaclav Nedorost could not save Donbass from defeat at home to Severstal. Evgeny Kovyrshin marked his birthday with the opening goal in his team’s 3-2 success.

Atlant was the day’s biggest winner, thrashing Dinamo Minsk 7-1 in Belarus. The damage was done in the first period, with Sergei Shmelyov scoring twice as Atlant opened up an unassailable 5-1 advantage.

Alexander Yunkov handed Amur a shoot-out win following a 4-4 tie with Neftekhimik. Yunkov also scored twice in regulation, but saw his team let slip a 4-2 lead in the final minutes.