SKA St. Petersburg rattled up an emphatic 10-2 victory over Spartak Moscow - despite falling behind early in the game. There was little clue as the final thrashing as Milos Riha’s former club opened the scoring on 10:23 through Vadim Berdnikov, and even though SKA led 3-1 at the second interval things were still fairly competitive on the ice. But in the final period SKA’s sharpshooters found their form, scoring from seven out of 13 shots on goal. Viktor Tikhonov scored twice, Maxim Rybin got one against his former club and Patrick Thoresen had a goal and two assists. The win puts SKA on top of the KHL table, and follows a 7-3 thrashing handed to Amur last week. For Spartak, the next encounter with the Petersburg team may not be an experience to look forward to: when the sides last met in Moscow, SKA ran out 8-1 winners.
Jakub Petruzalek, star man for Amur Khabarovsk in the early part of the season, reminded defensemen that he is not finished yet. After a run of five games without a point was ended in last week’s 7-3 home defeat against SKA St. Petersburg, the Czech forward popped up to score the overtime winner against Sibir Novosibirsk. Earlier Alexander Suglobov had cancelled out Martin Ruzicka’s first-period opener for the hosts as Amur ended a three-game losing streak.
Minsk marches on
Two penalty misses in the game between Dinamo and Severstal in Minsk could not stop the hosts from recording a third win in succession. Both sides wasted opportunities from penalty shots, but after Severstal took the lead through Nikolai Kazakovtsev on 8:41 it was all about Dinamo. Vladimir Denisov leveled the scores before the first break. At the end of the second period, goals from Jere Karalaahti and Jaroslav Obsut put the home side in control.