Lions begin to roar

21 September 2011, 23:21

Lev Poprad got a point for the first time this season after taking Atlant Moscow Region to shoot-out in Mytishchi. Tomas Netik put the Slovaks ahead early on, but Janne Niskala (2) and Konstantin Rudenko put Atlant 3-1 up. This time, however, the visitors rallied through Vaclav Nedorost and Branislav Mezei, only to be foiled in the shoot-out by a successful effort from Atlant skipper Dmitry Upper.

Flying Finn
A hat-trick from Finnish defenseman Janne Jalasvaara gave Dynamo Moscow a comfortable 6-3 win over Barys Astana. In Dynamo’s first four games the team to score first had gone on to lose, so home fans must have feared the worst when Jalasvaara fired them in front, only for the Kazakhs to hit back with goals from Roman Starchenko and Jiri Novotny to lead going into the first break.

This time, however, history did not repeat itself: Denis Tolpeko equalized and Jalasvaara struck again - the first Dynamo player to score twice in a game this season - to put the Moscow side ahead by 29:24. Sergei Soin soon extended the lead as Dynamo eased to their second win of the week and Jalasvaara completed the first hat-trick by a defenseman in the KHL this season on 44:01. Fyodor Polishchuk pulled one back for Barys, but Sergei Konkov’s empty-netter on 58:43 wrapped it up for Dynamo.

Champions pay the penalty
For the second game running Salavat Yulaev lost out in a shoot-out, this time going to down to Sibir Novosibirsk after a 4-4 draw. Unlike the weekend loss to Neftekhimik, Salavat Yulaev took the initiative on their trip to Novosibirsk but were stunned by a late rally from the hosts.

It looked like the Ufa team was on its way to all three points with a 4-2 lead in the third period, but goals from Jori Lehtera and Alexander Chernikov tied the game before Vladimir Tarasenko got the decisive goal in the shoot-out. Jonas Enlund, a goalscorer in Omsk on Monday, finished with 1+1 from this game as Sibir took a share of the lead in their division.

Around the league
Ak Bars Kazan picked up a narrow home win against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, but had to come from behind at the Tatneft Arena. Denis Abdullin gave the visitors the lead on 1:10 but Dmitry Kazionov (38:23) and Danis Zaripov (42:43) turned it around for the hosts.

In Nizhnekamsk it took extra time to separate Neftekhimik and Traktor after a 3-3 draw. Traktor’s Maxim Yakutsenya and Neftekhimik’s Denis Arkhipov both scored twice, but it was left to Evgeny Kuznetsov to give Traktor victory in the shoot-out after Yakutsenya missed the first attempt.

There was a late finish in Latvia where the Dinamos of Riga and Minsk could not be separated in regulation time. Fredrik Warg got the crucial goal on 40:43 to give the hosts a 2-2 draw, and it took shoot-out to settle matters in favour of Belarus. Zbynek Irgl and Jeff Platt scored in the shoot-out, Kevin Lalande kept Riga at bay.

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