Avangard Omsk 3
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 0
Another strong defensive display brought Avangard an easy win – and a second successive clean sheet. Indeed, the Siberian side have conceded just one in the last three games as Karri Ramo (pictured) shows fine form in goal. And the defense has contributed its share of attacking points as well, with Anton Babchuk grabbing his second goal in successive games to complete the scoring on 36:38. Babchuk also got an assist on Yegor Averin’s opener after just 1:35, and Torpedo were on the receiving end of an explosive start as they fell 2-0 down on 2:38 thanks to Jakub Klepis.
Barys Astana 3
Vityaz Chekhov 1
Barys made it five wins from their last six and piled up more misery for struggling Vityaz, who stretched their losing streak to six. The visitors are struggling for goals, with just three in the last four games, but managed to take the lead through Alexander Romanov on 12:13. But the advantage was short-lived as Darsy Verot took a penalty and Alexei Vasilchenko scored on the powerplay to tie the match at 17:06. Maxim Spiridonov grabbed the go-ahead goal four seconds before the second interval, and on 50:33 Talgat Zhaylauov secured the win for a Kazakh side which is becoming a formidable prospect on home ice.
Spartak Moscow 3
Severstal Cherepovets 1
Spartak's leading scorer Kirill Knyazev struck twice to put his team on the road to victory over Severstal at Sokolniki. Knyazev opened the scoring on 07:12 after a lively start had seen chances at both ends, and he made it 2-0 with a powerplay goal on 21:53 after good work from Alexander Rybakov. Dmitry Upper set up Branko Radivojevic for the third on 26:38, and the visitors' attacking efforts in the closing stages yielded just a single consolation effort from Marek Zagrapan on 51:46.
Barys defenseman Alexei Vasilchenko scored has first goal since February 2007 (at that time he was playing for Neftekhimik). This is his fourth goal in eight-years-long career.
Vityaz lost seventh game in a row, tying their last season record.
Two consecutive clean sheets
For the first time since 2005-06 Avangard enjoys two back-to-back victories without conceding a single goal.
Difficulties on road
Torpedo was never a force to reckon far from home. Last season the team from Nizhny Novgorod was 16th in the League on away points. And now things are not looking any better: eight regulation-time defeats in 11 games.
Kevin Dallman (Barys) spent 26 min 54 sec on ice.
Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev (Barys) had seven shots on goal. He could not score, but made two assists.
Barys had 48 shots on Vityaz goal.
Alexander Svitov (Avangard) won 83.3 per cent of his 18 face-offs.
Evgeny Konobry (Spartak) saved 40 out of 41 shots.
Kirill Knyazev (Spartak) scored twice and is now tied for the first place in snipers’ table with Avangard’s Jaromir Jagr.
Anton Babchuk (Avangard), for the first time after returning home from across the Atlantic, scored more than one point (1+1).
Andy Potts, Alexei Shevchenko