Dynamo survives a scare

18 January 2012, 23:00

Even the most comfortable of leads can disappear in seconds - as Dynamo Moscow discovered at home to Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. Two first period goals from Artyom Chernov were cancelled out in a 44 second burst early in the third. Tomas Starosta and Ivan Khlyntsev stunned the home crowd with their rapid response, but their efforts were ultimately in vain after Denis Kokarev got the decisive 3-2 goal on 49:01.

Spartak still alive
A strong start helped Spartak Moscow to a 3-1 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk and keeps the Red-and-Whites slim play-off hopes alive. Alexei Zavarukhin and Roman Lyuduchin made it 2-0 inside the first 10 minutes, and even Stanislav Romanov pulled one back, Metallurg could not force an equalizer. The visitors’ fate was sealed by Yegor Mikhailov’s empty net goal; Spartak’s win denied SKA St. Petersburg the chance to become the first team to mathematically clinch a play-off spot: theoretically ninth-placed Spartak could still overhaul the Western Conference leader.

Amur eases to win
Amur Khabarovsk enjoyed its first away win since Dec. 23, brushing aside Vityaz Chekhov 4-1. Igor Ignatushkin scored his team’s first and last goals in a comfortable win; struggling Vityaz has lost seven in a row, and conceded 35 times in the process.

Bergfors’ bright start
Swedish youngster Niclas Bergfors made a scoring debut for Severstal Cherepovets to seal a 1-0 win over Sibir Novosibirsk. The 24-year-old forward arrived from Ak Bars Kazan, where he had been struggling for game time, and made an immediate impact for his new team by getting the game’s only goal on 38:56.

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