Highlights of the day

SKA wield the ax
SKA on Monday evening announced the removal of Ivan Zanatta from his post as head coach. The Petersburg army men currently languish in fourteenth place in the overall table and seventh in the Western Conference. Under Zanatta’s stewardship the club managed four regulation time victories and four more wins via the shoot-out, but also suffered eight defeats (three of which came in overtime). Exactly one year ago SKA were second in the overall championship, whereas back in the first KHL season they also spent the 19th of October down in 14th place.

Fifth clean sheet
Karri Ramo can celebrate his first shutout of the season and his fifth in his time in the KHL. As well as today’s success against Amur, Ramo has also enjoyed unbeaten games against CSKA, HC MVD, Torpedo and Avtomobilist. The Finn has not allowed a single goal in the last 74 minutes 7 seconds of playing time, the longest current unbeaten spell of all goalies in the KHL, and nearly 11 minutes ahead of the nearest rival, Bernd Bruckler. The Torpedo man, however, leads the listings for the most shutouts this season, with 3.

Figure of the day

52 shots fired at the Amur goal by the Avangard players. It is the highest total from the Omsk men so far this season.

Key players

Vitaly Yeremeyev (Barys). Saved 34 shots against Sibir, helping his team to their first win in five games.

Sergei Gimayev (Barys). Scored a goal and earned a rating of +2.

Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars). Spent almost 27 minutes on the ice and celebrated a goal in power play.

Igor Skorokhodov (Yugra). Scored a double.

Talgat Zhaylauov (Barys). Added a goal, an assist, and a rating of +2 to his account.

Alexander Perezhogin (Avangard, pictured). Fired 10 shots on target, setting a new personal best in the KHL, and struck the game-winner for the second game running.

Quotes of the day

“Going into the third period with a 3-1 lead, the mission was to hold onto it and play on the counter-attack. And I think we succeeded,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.

“We were ready for a defensive game from Amur. We found it hard to break their defense down and we should give them due credit for that,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

“On the whole, the Omsk guys kept the initiative and it was hard for us to fight back. I have no complaints about my players, I’m pleased with the commitment they showed,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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