It was a big day for visiting goalies as both KHL games ended in wins for the away team. Joni Ortio backstopped Vityaz to a 3-2 win at Traktor – and even claimed the winning goal after a freakish error on a delayed penalty. In Cherepovets, Lokomotiv unveiled another young star: Daniil Isayev is a year younger than Ilya Konovalov, but that didn’t stop him making it two wins from two starts in the KHL this season.
Vityaz goalie Joni Ortio was the unlikely game-winner for his team in a 3-2 success at Traktor. The Finn became only the fourth goalie in KHL history to be credited with a goal – and his 37th-minute tally proved decisive in this 3-2 victory.
It all stemmed from a delayed penalty. Vasily Demchenko hurried to the Traktor bench to enable his team to get a sixth skater onto the ice; Marsel Sholokhov fluffed a pass on the blue line and the puck slid all the way up the ice and into the unguarded home net. Ortio was the last Vityaz player to touch the puck – so he was announced as the goalscorer.
That freakish incident completed a Vityaz fightback. The visitor had tied the game at 2-2 less than a minute earlier through Denis Kokarev. Earlier, Pavel Chernov gave Vityaz an early lead before Sholokhov cancelled out that goal and Alexander Rybakov sent Traktor into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.
The win tightens Vityaz’s grip on a top-eight place in the Western Conference and allows Valery Belov’s team to start looking upwards at Dynamo and Spartak Moscow in fifth and sixth place. Traktor remains eighth in the East, five points clear of Sibir.
One young goalie has grabbed the headlines at Lokomotiv this season, but Daniil Isayev is ready to push Ilya Konovalov all the way. Isayev, 19, started only his second KHL game tonight – and recorded his second victory. The youngster had a solid performance in Loko’s 4-2 win at Severstal, once again highlighting the depth of talent emerging at the Yaroslavl club this season.
With Isayev impressing at one end, some clinical Loko finishing in the first period saw the visitor convert two of just six shots at the other net. Vladislav Kartayev opened the scoring in the 10th minute and, after Carter Ashton’s equalizer, Artyom Ilyenko sent the Railwaymen into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.
In the second stanza, Yegor Korshkov and Alexander Petunin traded goals as Loko remained in front. A Brandon Kozun strike late in the third squashed any hopes of a home comeback. Lokomotiv stays third in the West after recording its seventh successive victory.