A combination of Sibir’s 4-2 win at Ugra and Avangard’s 1-3 home reverse against Metallurg Magnitogorsk was enough to edge the Novosibirsk team into second place in the Eastern Conference.
David Ullstrom led the way in Khanty-Mansiysk, scoring twice to pace Sibir to victory. The visitor never trailed but had to wait until the final 10 minutes before shaking off Ugra’s challenge. But once Ullstrom got his second of the night on a 53rd-minute power play there was no way back for the home team; Patrik Hersley wrapped up the points 16 seconds before the hooter with an empty-netter.
That put Sibir ahead of Avangard after the first game of the day ended with defending champion Metallurg taking the verdict in a heavyweight clash.
An early power play goal from Danis Zaripov set the tone and Bogdan Potekhin doubled the lead in the first period. Jan Kovar made it 3-0 early in the second and Ivan Fishchenko’s goal midway through the game was no more than a consolation for the Omsk team as the th ...