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Two of the expected contenders in the Eastern Conference collected their first wins of the season. Barys had to come from behind twice before beating Amur, before Ak Bars produced an impressive display in Helsinki to thrash Jokerit. Sibir maintained its winning start with a big result against Admiral.

Sibir continues a winning start

Sibir Novosibirsk 5 Admiral Vladivostok 1 (2-1, 1-0, 2-0)

Goals: 0-1 Ugolnikov (Ibatullin, V Streltsov 0:50); 1-1 Milovzorov (Morozov, Sharov 6:03); 2-1 Morozov (Sayustov 17:36); 3-1 Jokipakka (Torchenyuk 22:59); 4-1 Ruohomaa (Jokipakka, Peltola 40:30); 5-1 Milovzorov (Sayustov, Loginov 52:05)

Goalies: Sateri – Olkinuora

Last season, Sibir made a nightmare start and set a record for consecutive defeats at the start of a KHL campaign. So far, this time, things are very different: this convincing verdict made it two wins from two for the Siberians. Admiral, meanwhile, arrived in Novosibirsk buoyed by a shock win at Barys.

Photo: 05.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Sibir (Novosibirsk Region) - Admiral (Vladivostok)

And there was an early surprise for the home team here when Alexander Ugolnikov’s shot crashed off the boards and bounced back into the net off the pads of Finnish goalie Harri Sateri. However, Admiral was unable to capitalize on that early advantage and Sibir turned the game around before the first intermission.

Sibir’s Finnish contingent came together to take the game away from the visitor. Summer signing Jyrki Jokipakka made it 3-1 early in the middle frame then collected an assist with compatriot Jukka Peltola as Mikael Ruohomaa made it 4-1 seconds into the final session. Yegor Milovzorov completed the scoring with his second goal of the night midway through the third period.

Good Knight for Barys

Barys Nur-Sultan 3 Amur Khabarovsk 2 (0-1, 2-1, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 T. Zohorna (Vasilyev, H Zohorna 18:08); 1-1 Sagadeyev (Shalapov, Shevchenko 25:17); 1-2 Rudenkov (30:19); 2-2 Maklyukov (Knight, Svedberg 32:14); 3-2 Knight (Pakarinen 49:26)

Goalies: Pasquale - Langhamer

Corban Knight got his second goal in successive games to give Barys its first victory of the season. After losing out to Admiral in the opening engagement in Kazakhstan, Andrei Skabelka saw his team fight back from behind twice before securing the verdict.

The opening goal came late in the first period with Amur’s Zohorna brothers combining on the play. Hynek got the assist as Tomas scored. But the teams were always evenly matched and early in the second period Anton Sagadeyev put Barys level. Then they traded quick-fire goals: Igor Rudenkov restored Amur’s lead, only for Knight to assist on an Alexei Maklyukov goal two minutes later.

Knight’s evening got better midway through the third period when he scored off an Iiro Pakarinen feed to secure a first victory of the season for his team. Barys now goes on the road for back-to-back games at Kunlun Red Star on Sunday and Monday.

Ak Bars too strong for Jokerit

Jokerit Helsinki 2 Ak Bars Kazan 5 (0-2, 1-2, 1-2)

Goals: 0-1 Galiyev (Zaripov 15:43); 0-2 Galimov (Petrov, Fazylzyanov 16:51); 0-3 Cormier (Ozhiganov 20:22); 1-3 Pihlstrom (Kontiola 23:56); 1-4 Petrov (Pedan, Wikstrand 32:31); 1-5 Azevedo (Ozhiganov 42:36); 2-5 Eronen (Norman 56:38)

Goalies: Niemi (Kalnins 54:09-56:38) – Reideborn

Dmitry Kvartalnov celebrated his first win as Ak Bars head coach after an impressive display at Jokerit. His team seized control midway through the first period and took a stranglehold on scoreboard when Stanislav Galiyev and Emil Galimov scored twice in just over a minute to open a 2-0 lead.

Photo: 05.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Jokerit (Helsinki) - Ak Bars (Kazan)

Patrice Cormier added a third moments into the middle session, leaving the home team with a mountain to climb. Antti Pihlstrom quickly pulled one goal back, but there was no fightback to follow. Instead Kirill Petrov added a fourth and Justin Azevedo converted a lightning breakaway at the start of the third period. Towards the end of the game starting goalie Antti Niemi was briefly replaced by Janis Kalnins, who logged his first minutes of the season before returning to the bench after Teemu Eronen got a consolation goal for the home team.

For Jokerit a second successive loss brought increasing frustration. The Finns struggled to take their chances, with Steve Moses culpable more than once. But there was encouragement in the form of Henrik Haapala, with the former Tappara man standing out as the main playmaker for the Helsinki club.

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