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Ilya Vorobyov could not find a winning start on his return to coaching at Metallurg: the day’s big game ended with Avtomobilist edging a shoot-out verdict over Magnitka. That result leaves the Motormen as the only team with an unbeaten start to the season after Dynamo Moscow fell at Vityaz. Last season, Avto enjoyed a long winning streak in the opening weeks and that played a big role in Yekaterinburg topping the Eastern Conference. In Monday’s other games, CSKA had a routine win at Severstal, Barys got revenge at Kunlun and Neftekhimik’s power play demolished Dinamo Riga.

Rapid revenge for Barys in China

Kunlun Red Star 2 Barys Nur-Sultan 3 (0-0, 2-2, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Dietz (Knight 23:24 PP); 0-2 Helewka (Starchenko 27:53 PP); 1-2 Yip (Wong 34:47); 2-2 Werek (Chelios, Lockhart 39:38); 2-3 Mikhaillis (Helewka 47:08)

Goalies: Hrubec – Karlsson

Barys got immediate revenge for its 0-1 loss in China yesterday, bouncing back to win an entertaining game thanks to a Nikita Mikhailis goal. He struck in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and halt a home fight-back that saw Red Star wipe out a 2-0 Barys lead.

The first period was goalless, and Kunlun had the better of the play. But two power play goals early in the middle frame gave Barys the initiative. Darren Dietz opened the scoring in the 24th minute then, after Gilbert Brule was ejected from the game, Adam Helewka got his first in the KHL to double the lead.

Red Star rallied. Brandon Yip reduced the deficit before Ethan Werek scored his second goal in two days to tie the game seconds before the intermission. But Mikhailis secured the points for the visitor with his 48th-minute strike.

Dawes denies Vorobyov a winning return to Metallurg

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 SO (1-1, 1-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Rasmussen (Postma, Mozyakin 0:36); 1-1 Gareyev (Obidin, Tryamkin 4:18); 1-2 Parshin (Kulemin, Yakovlev 21:15); 2-2 Vasilevsky (Dawes, Macek 34:46 PP); 3-2 Dawes (65:00 penalty shot)

Goalies: Kovar - Koshechkin

It didn’t take long for Ilya Vorobyov to have an impact as Magnitka’s head coach – but his first game in charge ended in a shoot-out loss as Avtomobilist continued its winning start.

Photo: 09.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Avtomobilist (Yekaterinburg) - Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)

Vorobyov returned to Metallurg in place of Josef Jandac after the club management lost patience with a slow start to the season. And there was no slow start here as Dennis Rasmussen put the visitor ahead after just 36 seconds. However, the lead did not last and Artyom Gareyev raced onto a Nikita Tryamkin pass to surge into the Magnitka zone and tie the game in the fifth minute.

The teams traded further markers in the second session with Denis Parshin potting his first goal for his new club early in the period, only for Alexei Vasilevsky to shoot home a power play goal from the blue line and bring Avto level once again.

There was little to separate the teams throughout and it was no surprise that the game went to overtime. Avtomobilist enjoyed a power play during the extras but could not find a way to decide matters until Nigel Dawes stepped up in the shoot-out to make it four wins from four for the host and continue the visitor’s uncertain start to the campaign.

Neftekhimik power play does the damage

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4 Dinamo Riga 0 (2-0, 2-0, 0-0)

Goals: 1-0 Poryadin (Mitchell, White 11:20 PP); 2-0 Mitchell (White 18:11 PP); 3-0 Paigin (Poryadin, Murphy 24:44 PP); 4-0 Rafael Bikmullin (Sergeyev, Sharipzyanov 39:13 PP)

Goalies: Barulin – Gudlevskis

Neftekhimik’s power play put in a devastating display to sink Dinamo Riga. The home team scored four power play goals in the first two periods to take the game away from the Latvians, with Dinamo only managing to kill the first penalty of the game.

It was a good evening for the home team’s imports, with Zack Mitchell and Matt White both collecting two points. Neftekhimik’s leading goalscorer, Pavel Poryadin moved on to four for the season and added an assist along the way.

Dinamo improved in the third period and took the game to Neftekhimik. The visitor managed to stay out of the box until the closing minutes and worked hard to pressure the home goal. However, Konstantin Barulin held off all-comers to finish with 20 saves and his first shut-out of the season.

Convincing road win for defending champ

Severstal Cherepovets 0 CSKA Moscow 4 (0-1, 0-1, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Kaprizov (Robinson, Vey 18:46); 0-2 Grigorenko (Kaprizov, Marchenko 31:01); 0-3 Okulov (Shalunov, Slepyshev 45:36); 0-4 Nesterov (58:44)

Goalies: Podyapolsky – Johansson

Defending champion CSKA had far too much for Severstal and eased to victory in Cherepovets.

The Army Men dominated from the off: in the first period, CSKA outshot its host 14-2 and had an almost total stranglehold on the play. However, the opening goal had to wait until the 19th minute when Kirill Kaprizov found a way past Vladislav Podyapolsky.

The home team might have found a way back into contention in the second period when it twice enjoyed a 5-on-3 power play. However, the CSKA penalty kill was impressive and in between those two incidents Kaprizov turned provider as Mikhail Grigorenko doubled the lead.

Konstantin Okulov added a third early in the final stanza and Nikita Nesterov applied the final flourish when he made it four in the 59th minute. Lars Johansson finished with 19 saves.

Makeyev double ends Dynamo’s winning start

Vityaz Moscow Region 4 Dynamo Moscow 1 (2-0, 1-1, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Mons (Petrakov 2:59); 2-0 Makeyev (Chernov, Semin 10:01); 2-1 Hietanen (Petersson, Shipachyov 23:02 PP); 3-1 Grebenshchikov (Nattinen 32:49); 4-1 Makeyev (Chernov, Semin 44:26)

Goalies: Samonov – Bocharov (Yeryomenko 44:26)

Dynamo Moscow saw its winning start to the season come to an end in its first road game of the campaign. The short trip to Vityaz ended in defeat for Vladimir Krikunov’s men and leaves Avtomobilist as the only undefeated team this season.

Photo: 09.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Vityaz (Moscow Region) - Dynamo (Moscow)

Vityaz, meanwhile was back on home ice after an encouraging start on the road. Wins at Traktor and Metallurg gave Mikhail Kravets and his team plenty to build on as the season progresses. In front of its own fans, Vityaz needed just three minutes to take the lead. Evgeny Mons opened the scoring after winning his battle on the doorstep and diverting the puck beyond Ivan Bocharov.

The second goal came midway through the opening session as Alexei Makeyev found the target. Dynamo threatened a fightback at the start of the second period. A 5-on-3 power play saw Juuso Hietanen reduce the arrears but Vityaz did not crumble and Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov restored the two-goal cushion. The 25-year-old has three goals from four games; prior to this season he had just four in his KHL career. Makeyev’s second of the night put some gloss on the scoreline and brought Alexander Yeryomenko to the net for the first time this season.

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