Dinamo Riga maintained its recent improvement with a 2-1 win at Amur Khabarovsk - while the hosts continued to stutter after a bright start to the season. Goals from Krisjans Redlihs and Jamie Lundmark made it five wins on the spin for Dinamo; Sergei Plotnikov’s strike could not save Amur from a fifth defeat in seven games this month.
The pass master
Alexander Radulov had a hand in all three of his team’s goals as Salavat Yulaev Ufa beat Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 3-1. Pyotr Schastlivy, Andrei Kuteikin and Richard Stehlik all benefitted from Radulov’s play as the defending champion enjoyed a second win in three days. Vener Safin has been confirmed as the club’s new head coach, after taking on the interim role following the departure of Sergei Mikhalyov.
Sibir Novosibirsk ended a seven-game losing streak by beating SKA St. Petersburg in a shoot-out. Goaltender Bernd Bruckler made three saves in the post-game duel after stopping 36 shots as the teams played out a 3-3 draw in regulation time. Artyom Kryukov and Dmitry Kalinin both scored two, but it was Kryukov’s side which eventually tasted victory for the first time in exactly one month.
Around the league
Avangard Omsk withstood a second-period siege to steal a 1-0 win at Ak Bars Kazan. The hosts fired in 20 shots in the second session, but could not force a way past Karri Ramo, who made 36 saves in total. Yegor Averin got the crucial goal on 51:15
Dimitrij Kotschnew and Eduard Lewandowski were the key players for Atlant in a 3-0 win at Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Kotschnew made 27 saves to keep the opposition at bay while Lewandovski scored the first two goals.
Two goals in just over a minute proved decisive as Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk beat Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3-1. Oskar Osala (48:24) and Alexander Korolyuk (49:43) turned the game decisively in the hosts’ favor. Earlier Enver Lisin had cancelled out Igor Bortnikov’s opening goal.