Dynamo Moscow lost out 2-1 in Nizhny Novgorod after conceding two goals early in the third period. Konstantin Gorovikov had given the Muscovites the lead and raised hopes of a repeat of the Blue-and-Whites 3-2 win over the same opponents before New Year. But Torpedo, which came into the game full of confidence after a 9-1 win over Vityaz, hit back through Mikhail Varnakov (43:16) and Semyon Valuisky (47:08) to take the win. Dynamo’s captain Alexei Kudashov was dismissed late in the game for a dangerous challenge on Torpedo’s Martin Thornberg.
SKA stays out in front
Table-topping SKA St. Petersburg won 4-2 at Dinamo Riga - in a game full of excitement from start to finish. Two penalty shots - one missed, the other converted - a freakish goal as the teams were changing on the fly and a controversial video call ensured a lively night by the Baltic.
Latecomers to Arena Riga were left cursing their luck after an explosive start - Viktor Tikhonov put SKA ahead on 2:15 but within 12 seconds Gints Meija had leveled it. The second period was also full of incident: Fyodor Fedorov put SKA in front once more, amid collective bemusement as the teams swapped their players and the forward’s thump up the ice somehow beat a distracted Chris Holt in the home goal. Then came the penalty shots: Maxim Rybin missed his but within a minute the scores were level again when Martins Cipulis successfully converted. The action still wasn’t finished as Gleb Klimenko got the nod from the video ref after his shot rattled the goal frame on 39:40, giving SKA a 3-2 lead. In the final period Klimenko and Rybin combined to set up Tony Martensson for the 4-2 goal, and penalty trouble scuppered home hopes of getting back into the game.
Atlant back on form
Atlant Moscow Region scored a goal in each period to see off Severstal Cherepovets 3-0 and end a three game losing run. Dmitry Upper got the hosts off to a perfect start, opening the scoring after 97 seconds. Jonas Andersson and Alexander Rybakov completed the scoring, while Nikolai Zherdev missed a penalty shot. The win leaves Atlant two points behind Dinamo Minsk in the race for a top-two finish in the Western Conference, but the Belarusians have played two games more.
Easy win for Magnitka
Metallurg Magnitogorsk quickly got back to winning way with a 4-0 demolition of bottom club Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The game was wrapped up early on - Magnitka converted its first two powerplays and Alexei Mikhnov added a third goal before the first siren sounded. Evgeny Biryukov completed the scoring in the third period.
Bochenski at the double
Brendon Bochenski continued his good season in front of goal, scoring twice as Barys Astana made it two out of two on the road in 2012 at Yugra Khanty-Mansisyk. Bochenski got the opener on 28:35, and his empty net goal sealed a 3-1 win for the Kazakh team.