Vorobyov claims first win for SKA

SKA St. Petersburg 4 Severstal Cherepovets 0

Pyotr Vorobyov’s second game in temporary charge of SKA was a happier event than his first. The acting head coach picked up his first victory as Oleg Znarok’s stand-in following a 1-2 reverse at CSKA last time out.

Ilya Kovalchuk, SKA’s captain in the absence of World Cup-bound Pavel Datsyuk, opened the scoring in the 14th minute, pouncing on the rebound after Sergei Plotnikov’s shot was padded back into the slot.

Roman Rukavishnikov doubled the lead in the 18th minute and Alexander Barabanov added a third midway through the middle stanza.

SKA’s dominance was threatened early in the third period when Yegor Yakovlev was ejected from the game for a check from behind on Severstal’s Yury Trubachyov. But the Steelmen failed to capitalize on the power play and never got back into serious contention. Instead Slava Voynov added a fourth on the power play after Trubachov himself was penalized. Home goalie Igor Shestyorkin made 26 saves for his shut-out.

Jokerit rallies to win battle of the Baltic

Dinamo Riga 1 Jokerit Helsinki 3

Jokerit had to come from behind to claim victory in this clash of the Baltic rivals on the strength of three goals in the last 10 minutes.

In a hard-fought game Lauris Darzins broke the deadlock for Dinamo in the 37th minute, even as Jokerit enjoyed the bulk of the chances in the second period.

But in the final stanza the visitor took control. Topi Jaakola tied it up on the power play in the 52nd minute before Oliver Laurdisen got the go-ahead goal in the 56th. Dinamo’s hopes of replying were hit hard 50 seconds later when Mika Niemi added a third.

Roy leads Avangard to big win

Avangard Omsk 4 Medvescak Zagreb 1

Derek Roy made his second appearance for Avangard and delivered two points to help his new team to a comfortable win.

He supplied the assist on Alexander Perezhogin’s third-minute opener, only to see Edwin Hedberg bring Medvescak level.

But late in the second period Roy, an experienced NHLer who moved to Europe last season to play in Switzerland, got his first KHL goal to put Avangard in front once again. That proved to be decisive; Ilya Mikheyev and Alexei Glukhov completed the scoring in the third.

Zigo’s first goals in vain for Slovan

Sibir Novosibirsk 3 Slovan Bratislava 2 (SO)

Tomas Zigo, a 24-year-old forward who joined Slovan from Banska Bystrica in the summer, scored twice to open his KHL account – but still finished on the losing side.

Zigo tied the scores on two separate occasions after Joonas Kemppainen and Maxim Shalunov put Sibir up in the first period.

But with the game deadlocked, Zigo missed his chance in the shoot-out as Alexei Krasikov made the save. Krasikov replaced Alexander Salak for the decisive showdown and repaid Andrei Skabelka’s faith by stopping three of Slovan’s four attempts.

Konstantin Okulov scored twice to give Sibir the victory.