We start our October’s top goals countdown with a fine combination between Metallurg forwards Dennis Rasmussen and Iiro Pakarinen against HC Dynamo. Next in line is the fantastic Ilya Mikheyev’s overtime game-winning goal for Avangard against Dinamo Minsk. Eighth place for Miro Aaltonen’s stylish attempt in the shootout battle against Amur Khabarovsk and Evgeny Alikin. We then move to Bratislava, when Patrik Virta sends the puck to Jeff Taffe with a monumental pass for an easy one-on-one against the goalie. Another great pass is the starring of the sixth-place goal as Mikhail Grigorenko finds his linemate Kirill Kaprizov with a phenomenal one-touch pass after a feed by Linden Vey in the Moscow Derby.
Marsel Sholokhov of Traktor Chelyabinsk opens the top five with a breathtaking solo against Amur Khabarovsk. It looks like in October teams had to make huge efforts to score on Amur, as yet another goal in this top ten is scored against the Khabarovsk team (this time on Libor Kasik) when Sergei Mozyakin finds Wojtek Wolski with a laser-like pass in the offensive zone. The Bronze Medal goes to China with the fantastic combination between the whole powerplay unit, finalized by Olli Palola, against CSKA Moscow. Silver medal for Eric O’Dell and his incredible between-the-legs goal on Slovan Bratislava after a huge feed by Jyrki Jokipakka. October’s best is naturally Alexander Kadeikin’s monstrous breakaway in Magnitogorsk. Will it be the goal of the season?
We start the October’s saves countdown with SKA’s Igor Shestyorkin and his perfectly-timed glove save on Dinamo Riga’s Lauris Darzins. Next up is Sibir’s Danny Taylor, with a similar save, but even more effective, on Ak Bars’ Mikhail Glukhov. This article simply cannot avoid including Julius Hudacek, and the way he reacted to his own mistake – truthfully, with a bit of luck – on Riga’s Gints Meija is worthy of the eighth place.
After two great saves by Igor Bobkov and Alexander Yeryomenko, the top five is opened by Finnish goalie Juha Metsola with an incredible stick save on Vityaz’s Gennady Stolyarov. Kris Versteeg was already thinking to have scored a goal for Avangard, but a last-second move by Vasily Koshechkin saved the situation for Metallurg and earned the goalie the fourth place. Neftekhimik had a good start of the season, and Ilya Ezhov is a big reason for their success, as shown by the Bronze Medal save on HC Dynamo’s Patrik Zackrisson. Danny Taylor gets another nomination with his monumental save on Traktor’s forward Evgeny Lapenkov, which is worthy of the silver medal. But the very best of October is Alexander Lazushin’s fantastic glove save on Czech Veteran Michal Repik.