Russia’s oldest hockey team celebrated its 67th birthday against the country’s newest top-flight outfit – and Dynamo proved there’s no substitute for experience with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Admiral.
Denis Kokarev and Dominik Granak opened up a 2-0 lead for the Blue-and-Whites with two goals in two minutes early in the game, and the teams traded goals in the second period. But when Viktor Drugov pulled Admiral to 2-3 at the start of the final session it set up a fusillade of Admiral attacks which kept the home defense at full stretch.
The game was the first of this season which Dynamo played at Arena Balashikha, home of the MVD side which merged with the capital club prior to the 2010-11 season.
Salak shuts out Traktor
For the second time this season SKA shut out Traktor to record a comfortable win. While the Petersburg team didn’t match its seven-goal spectacular in Chelyabinsk back in October, it still had the outcome wrapped up inside the first period on home ice.
More woe for Avangard
If SKA’s defense is proving to be its strength, Avangard’s back line remains the team’s weakness. On Friday it gave up five goals from just 16 shots on targets and crashed to a 3-5 reverse at home to CSKA. While the Omsk team showed plenty of attacking intent – and fired 46 shots at Ilya Proskuryakov’s goal – it was CSKA’s greater composure in front of goal which proved decisive.
Young Nikolai Prokhorkin led the way with another two goals as CSKA gradually wore Avangard down. Twice the home side found an equalizer, but when Brandon Reid opened up a two-goal gap early in the third there was no way back for the Siberians.
Eastern leaders shot down
Ak Bars and Barys, the top two in the Eastern Conference, both suffered home shoot-out defeats on Friday. In Kazakhstan Barys lost out following a 4-4 tie with Western high-flyer Dinamo Riga. Paul Szczechura got the post-game winner to add to his second-period goal; Barys’ Dustin Boyd and Dinamo’s Marcel Hossa both scored twice in regulation.
Jori Lehtera was Sibir’s game-winner in Kazan, settling the shoot-out after a 1-1 tie. Ak Bars had grabbed the lead after just 12 seconds through Alexei Tereshchenko, but failed to extend that advantage and Nikolai Lemtyugov leveled in the 49th minute.
Third-placed Metallurg Magnitogorsk also lost out, going down 2-1 at Medvescak. Sergei Mozyakin put Magnitka ahead in the second period, but two goals in five minutes saw Bill Thomas and Jonathan Cheechoo turn the game around for the Zagreb team.
Around the league
Jiri Novotny scored all three of his team’s goals as Lev won 3-1 at Avtomobilist. A late Sami Lepisto strike gave the home side fleeting hope of clawing back a tie, but Novotny fired into an empty net seconds later to secure the win.
Donbass cruised to a 5-1 home win at home to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Three goals in five minutes midway through the third period put the gloss on an impressive display. Ruslan Fedotenko topped the scoring with 1+3.
A second-period spurt saw Torpedo to a 6-2 home win over Amur. Three goals in five minutes swung the game decisively toward the host; Vyacheslav Kulyomin claimed the game-winner.
Spartak swiftly avenged last week’s 0-5 defeat at Neftekhimik, defeating the same opponent 4-2 in Moscow. Deron Quint and Tom Wandell opened up a 2-0 lead in the first seven minutes, and Neftekhimik never quite got back into it.
Dinamo Minsk’s miserable run continued with a 4-1 home reverse against Salavat Yulaev. That makes it six defeats in a row for the Belarusians, while the Ufa team defeat Dinamo for the second time in four days to banish memories of its own losing streak.
Defenses were on top in Khanty-Mansiysk, where Ugra and Slovan failed to score in 65 minutes of play. Tomas Netik finally took the points for the visitor in a shoot-out.