Week 9 / 29 October 2014 / Game №302
SKA’s six-shooters sink Vityaz League leader SKA won 6-4 at Vityaz – but the underdog made things tough for Vyacheslav Bykov’s men. It seemed like a routine evening on the ice as SKA raced into a 2-0 lead through Artemy Panarin and Viktor Tikhonov inside five minutes. But Vityaz tied it up before the first interval, with former SKA man Alexander Kucheryavenko reminding his former employers what he could. The second period was almost as tight, and it wasn’t until the third that goals from Roman Cervenka and Maxim Chudinov finally gave SKA some breathing space. Even then, Vyacheslav Solodukhin kept the margin to two goals. Whitney’s winning debut Olympic Silver medallist Ryan Whitney made his first appearance for HC Sochi – and promptly served up a game-winning goal against Dinamo Riga. The US D-man’s second-period strike was an unexpected one – he ghosted to the net almost unnoticed to turn in Nikita Shchitov’s shot in a manner more commonly ...