SKA St. Petersburg 6 Jokerit Helsinki 0
These two teams from the Baltic coast are enduring contrasting fortunes, with SKA romping to the top of the KHL table while Jokerit faces a scrap to maintain a playoff position.
And the difference on the ice was just as stark as SKA powered to a convincing victory, paced by two goals from Evgeny Dadonov and backstopped by 20 saves from Igor Shestyorkin.
The young goalie recorded his fourth successive shut-out in this demolition job. He has not conceded a goal since a 3-2 overtime win against Admiral on Sep. 27, a total of 242 minutes and three seconds. That represents a new record for SKA; a blank in his next appearance would take him within seconds of the KHL record of 302:11 set by Alexei Murygin last season.
At the other end, Ryan Zapolski had a less enjoyable evening. Ilya Kablukov opened the scoring in the 13th minute and Dadonov got his first of the game a minute later, leaving Jokerit with a huge task if it was to improve on its dismal run of one win in 7 games.
That improvement was not forthcoming: Viktor Tikhonov and Slava Voynov added two more in the second period before Sergei Plotnikov and Dadonov once again took the final tally to six.
Jokerit ran into disciplinary problems, picking up 66 PIMS. Topi Jaakola was ejected from the game in the 30th minute and there were 10-minute penalties for Jesse Joensuu and Joey Hishon as well as a five-minute major for Charles Genoway.
Dinamo Minsk 2 Dynamo Moscow 0
Ben Scrivens clearly enjoys taking on the Blue-and-Whites of Moscow. After shutting out Dynamo in last month’s 3-0 win at the VTB Arena, he repeated the trick today with 23 saves in a 2-0 victory at Arena Minsk.
The scoring all came in the first period. Alexander Materukhin put Dinamo ahead in the fourth minute and Andrei Stepanov doubled the lead in the 12th. The result sees the Belarusians join their near namesakes on 32 points, but the Muscovites have played four games more.
Medvescak Zagreb 7 Severstal Cherepovets 3
Medvescak was the day’s top scoring, coming out on top in a wild game between two Western Conference outsiders.
Six of the home team’s goals came in an extraordinary 14-minute sequence either side of the first intermission. Tomas Mertl, who went on to score a hat-trick, cancelled out Daniil Vovchenko’s opener in the 14th minute before Francis Pare made it 2-1.
But things really got crazy in the middle session. Colby Genoway traded goals with Vovchenko in the 21st minute, Mertl added his second on 24:50 and Brandon McMillan made it 5-2 less than 40 seconds later. Mark Katic added a sixth in the 28th minute before the action finally caught its breath.
The final stanza brought a third goal for Mertl and a late consolation effort for Severstal’s Vojtech Polak.
Around the league
There were plenty of goals in Vladivostok where Admiral beat Spartak 6-3. The home team opened up a 4-0 lead inside 38 minutes before Spartak finally got on the board through Mikhail Plotnikov. Then the teams traded four goals in the final stanza. Dmitry Lugin led the scoring with two for Admiral, Robert Sabolic and Ryan Stoa both claimed two assists.
Amur made it three wins from four with a 3-2 success at home to HC Sochi. The visitor twice led as Ivan Yatsenko got his first two goals for the club, but Amur hit back to win thanks to goals from Kristian Kuusela, Jan Kolar and Vladislav Ushenin.
Kunlun suffered only its second home defeat, going down 4-2 to Torpedo in Shanghai. The damage was done early on: Vyacheslav Kulyomin, Nikolai Zherdev and Sam Lofquist put the visitor 3-0 up inside 22 minutes. A 5-on-3 power play midway through the second period enabled Damien Fleury and Brett Bellemore to make it a one-goal game, but Evgeny Grachyov sealed the win early in the third.
Struggling Sibir got a much-needed win at home to Metallurg Novokuznetsk – but had to rely on a late, contentious equalizer from Adam Polasek before taking a 3-2 verdict in overtime. Polasek’s 56th-minute effort was referred to the video officials amid claims of a high stick, but ultimately the goal was awarded, denying Kuznya its first win in Novosibirsk since November 2012. Sergei Shumakov went on to get the decisive overtime goal.
Two goals from Teemu Hartikainen gave Salavat Yulaev a 2-1 victory at home to Traktor. The Finnish forward took his tally to 10 for the season with markers either side of Paul Szczechura’s reply. Linus Omark claimed his 18th assist in as many games.