Unlike most teams in the KHL, who finished their tournament programs at the weekend, Amur entered one last competition in Ceske Budejovice – and came away with the Motor Cup. The campaign started with victory over Linz Red Wings from Austria, setting up a gold-medal decider against the host club, Motor.
Amur sent out a strong roster once again, with the only change coming in goal where Evgeny Alikin was replaced by Marek Langhamer. And the line-up was too strong for the host as Amur eased to a 4-0 victory. Maxim Kapiturov did most of the damage with two goals and an assist.
Motor Ceske Budejovice 0 Amur Khabarovsk 4 (0-0, 0-2, 0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Kapiturov (Gorshkov 24:36); 0-2 Rudenkov (Kapiturov 37:01); 0-3 Vitacek (H Zohorna, T Zohorna 50:39); Kapiturov (Rudenkov, Vitacek 57:23)
Goalies: Kloucek - Langhamer
The last day of summer action began in Podolsk where Vityaz entertained Dynamo Moscow. Last week, Dynamo defeated Vityaz 4-1 on its way to winning the Mayor of Moscow Cup and both were at full strength as the host plotted a revenge mission. Dynamo saw the return of Andre Petersson, with the Swede joining Dmitrij Jaskin and Vadim Shipachyov on the top line.
The home team jumped into a 3-0 lead by the 23rd minute with two goals from Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov leading the charge. But the Blue-and-Whites fought back and trailed by a single marker at the end of the middle frame thanks to tallies from Petersson and Dmitry Moiseyev. However, Vityaz was not to be denied: in the third period the teams traded two goals apiece as Mikhail Kravets’ men ended with an entertaining victory.
Vityaz Moscow Region 5 Dynamo Moscow 4 (1-0, 2-2, 2-2)
Goals: 1-0 Grebenshchikov (Moiseyev 10:28); Jerabek (Makeyev 21:42 PP); 3-0 Grebenshchikov (22:59); 3-1 D. Moiseyev (Kulemin 23:48); 3-2 Petersson (Shipachyov, 27:30); 4-2 Mons (Golovkov, Chernov 44:21); 4-3 Cajkovsky (Shipachyov 46:26); 5-3 Chernov (Vyglazov, Makeyev 50:08 PP); 5-4 Grigoriev (58:34)
Goalies: Ezhov – Bocharov
Lokomotiv took on Severstal in a game where both teams put out strong rosters, but the players, anxious to escape injury on the eve of the season, played a low-intensity encounter.
However, the game was also the centrepiece of Loko’s annual opportunity for the fans to meet their team and, as such, the home team needed a win to set the right tone for the season. Thus, two goals in two second-period minutes from Artur Kayumov and Artyom Ilyenko set up a winning position for the Railwaymen and that comfortable two-goal margin endured until the end.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (0-0, 2-0, 1-1)
Goals: 1-0 Kayumov (Lander, Rattie 24:06 PP); 2-0 Ilyenko (Cherepanov 26:01); 2-1 Zhirnov (Markov 43:18); 3-1 Svitov (Ilyenko, Afanasyev 46:04)
Goalies: Konovalov – Khakimov