CSKA Moscow 1 Avangard Omsk 2 (OT)
Fyodor Kanareikin’s happy record of success against CSKA continued as his Avangard team snatched an overtime victory in Moscow.
The veteran coach had a good record in his previous encounters with the Army Men, even when he was at the helm of Spartak, relative paupers compared with the wealth of CSKA.
And once again he masterminded a victory in a tight game of few chances. The teams were deadlocked at 0-0 until the 52nd minute, with goalies Ilya Sorokin and Dominik Furch in fine form. Avangard finally broke the deadlock on 51:56 when Maxim Pestunov beat Sorokin, but CSKA replied with a power play goal from Igor Ozhiganov to tie the game with three minutes left.
CSKA started overtime on the power play, but Avangard held out for 27 seconds of 4-on-3 play before Ilya Zubov got the winner following a slick interchange of passes with Denis Parshin. That goal combined the talents of two former CSKA men; Alexander Popov, a long-serving Avangard man, tasted defeat on his first meeting with his former club.
Dinamo Riga 4 Vityaz Podolsk 0
Struggling Dinamo Riga picked up its second successive victory with a convincing performance against Vityaz.
The visitor was hoping to stretch its own streak to three wins, but could find no way past goalie Jakub Sedlacek in the Latvians’ net. He made 25 saves, 12 of them in the third period, to thwart Valery Belov’s team.
At the other end, first-period goals from Filipp Toluzakov and Pyotr Schastlivy put Dinamo in control. Colton Gillies and Aleksandrs Yerefeyevs added two more in the second period.