Admiral Vladivostok 1
Jokerit Helsinki 6
On the KHL’s Eastern-most shores, the Western Conference found a new leader. Jokerit blasted six goals past Admiral to post its sixth win in seven games and overtake CSKA.
It was a big performance from Brandon Kozun to spark Jokerit’s win. The Canadian forward posted 2+2 on the night, taking his tally to 11 points in his debut KHL campaign. Kozun’s first contribution came in the second minute with an assist on Peter Regin’s opener before Topi Jaakola doubled the lead in the first period. Kozun then made it three off a Regin assist early in the middle session.
There was more to come: Ville Lajunen made it 4-0 on the power play before Yaroslav Alshevsky got Admiral on the scoreboard at last. But Kozun had the last words, assisting on Mathis Olimb’s goal before completing the scoring himself.
Avangard out in front
Avangard Omsk 3
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 0
Avangard opened up a three-point cushion atop the KHL table thanks to another good goaltending display from Dominik Furch. The Czech made 27 saves to keep Loko at bay and lead Avangard to its seventh win of the season.
Chances were at a premium at both ends: Alexander Popov broke the deadlock late in the first period but the game was in the balance until late on. Loko had more chances in the middle session but couldn’t force a breakthrough, only to be punished in the final session. Vladimir Sobotka got the second goal and Alexander Perezhogin wrapped it up with an empty-netter.
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