Back in business

15 September 2011, 23:52

Atlant Moscow Region, last season's Gagarin Cup runners-up, recovered from Monday's disappointing defeat by beating Dinamo Riga in Mytishchi - but they had to battle hard for their 4-3 success. When Dmitry Upper pounced on a misplaced pass and scored a short-handed goal on 51:25 it was the first time Atlant had got in front in the bout.

Upper's game-winner was harsh on Dinamo's Redlihs brothers Krišjānis and Mikelis. Their two second period goals kept the Latvian side on top for long periods. However, it was also Krisjanis' penalty which allowed Janne Niskala to cancel out Oskars Cibulskis' 10th-minute opener and tie the game at the first interval.

In the second period Redlihs' duo was separated by an Igor Musatov effort, before the third period turned into a Spartak reunion for Atlant. As well as Upper, fellow goalscorer Denis Bayev also had a stint with the Red-and-Whites, as did Alexander Rybakov, who weighed in with an assist.

Vityaz Chekhov 2-3 Dynamo Moscow
Dynamo recorded their first win of the season - but had to make a lot of effort to subdue Vityaz. The hosts, more famed for their penalty count than their goalscoring, opened up a 2-0 lead through Mikhail Anisin and Artemy Panarin. But their disciplinary problems cost them in the final period. Dominik Granak had already cut the deficit for Dynamo before powerplay efforts from Konstantin Volkov and Denis Kokarev gave the Blue-and-Whites the win in the final 10 minutes.

Sibir Novosibirsk 3-5 Amur Khabarovsk
A high-scoring game in Siberia went the way of the league's easternmost team thanks to two goals from Ilshat Bilalov. He got the vital go-ahead goal on 50:38, putting Amur 4-3 in front, having earlier given them a 3-2 advantage at the end of the second period. But Sibir will be unhappy to let a bright start unravel so fast: they struck first on 1:58 through Viktor Drugov, but were pegged back by a quickfire pair in the eighth minute from Sergei Plotnikov and Alexander Osipov. Alexander Kutuzov and Artyom Kryukov were the other Sibir scorers and Andrei Stepanov's empty-net goal completed Amur's tally.

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