Six KHL teams were in action on Tuesday in three different countries - Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic – and the four games produced a total of 29 goals.
In the Czech city of Ostrava, Dinamo Minsk had to overcome fierce resistance from their hosts, Vítkovice Steel, before eventually sealing a 5-3 win. Lubomir Pokovic’s boys twice fell behind, but Andrei Mikhalyov and Nikita Komarov restored the balance and further strikes from Sergei Drozd, Canadian forward Jonathan Cheechoo and US defenseman Nick Bailen earned the Belarusians their first win of the preseason.
Slovan and Torpedo were also in action in the Czech Republic, in Brno, the capital of Moravia. Goals from Ziga Jeglic and Ladislav Nagy gave the Bratislava boys a 2-1 win, while Oleg Piganovich replied for the Nizhny Novgorod side.
Vityaz of Moscow Region were defeated 6-2 by Dinamo Riga in Valmiera, Latvia. Felix Schutz, Miks Indrasis, Lauris Darzins, Gints Meija, Mikelis Redlihs and Canada’s Steven Seigo were on target for Kari Heikkila’s men, while a goal each for Nikita Shatsky and Olli Palola brought some brief respite for Vityaz boss Oleg Orekhovsky.
HC Sochi has chosen to begin its preseason at home, on the shores of the Black Sea, and on Tuesday Vyacheslav Butsaev’s men enjoyed an entertaining 6-4 win over HC Toros of the VHL. The Sochi goals came courtesy of Yegor Morozov, Vadim Shchegolkov, Alexander Shcherbina, Max Warn, Renat Mamashev and Ilya Krikunov.