Goals: 1-0 Vikharev (Glazachev, Voronin 22:50); 2-0 Bakos (Ostrovsky 31:29); 2-1 Sedlak (Vertanen 33:35)
Goalies: Olkinuora – Fedotov
Admiral’s first home game of the season ended in victory, while Traktor suffered its first loss on its current tour of the Far East. Martin Bakos scored his first goal of the season after leaving Sochi for Admiral in the summer and that proved to be the game-winner.
The first period was evenly-matched, but the Sailors got in front in the second. A fantastic combination play from Konstantin Glazachev and Kirill Voronin left Denis Vikharev with a simple finish into a wide open net. Then came Bakos, converting a great end-to-end pass from Stepan Ostrovsky to double the lead. Traktor responded through Lukas Sedlak but there was no further scoring in the third and Admiral collected its second victory of the season. The teams meet again tomorrow as Traktor continues a gruelling schedule of six games in nine days played in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Shenzhen.
Goals: 1-0 Ivanov (Denisenko, Kayumov 32:32); 2-0 Savchenko (Nakladal 35:01); 2-1 Starkov (Tochitsky, Altybarmakyan 56:26)
Goalies: Lazushin – Shikin
After a couple of early-season wobbles, Lokomotiv got back on track with victory at home to HC Sochi. The 2-1 verdict was not, perhaps, the most memorable of results but for new head coach Craig MacTavish it represented his first victory in the KHL.
After an even but scoreless first period, Loko took the lead midway through the second. Georgy Ivanov claimed the goal to mark his 100th KHL appearance. The youngster didn’t know all that much about his goal, though, scoring thanks to a Grigory Denisenko shot that deflected off him and into the net.
The second, decisive goal was also notable. Roman Savchenko beat Dmitry Shikin with a shot from beyond the halfway line. Hard-hitting defensemen have been on trend this season and, after Maxim Chudinov’s opening-day howitzer, Savchenko was the man to follow suit. It proved to be the game-winner: Stepan Starkov got one back for Sochi after good work from Andrei Altybarmakyan but MacTavish’s Loko held on for the win.
Goals: 1-0 Lehtera (Plotnikov, Tkachyov 31:41 PP); 2-0 Tkachyov (Plotnikov 37:08); 3-0 Lehtera (Rundblad, Byvaltsev 39:24 PP); 3-1 Milovzorov (Khabarov, Mikhailov 47:22 PP); 3-2 Mikhailov (Ruohomaa 53:12); 4-2 Tikhonov (Ketov, Zubarev 59:43 empty net)
Goalies: Kochetkov – Krasikov
Jori Lehtera scored twice against his former club to lead SKA to victory over Sibir. The Finn picked up a pair on the power play as the Army Men took control in the second period, but the visitor hit back in the third to make it an anxious finish for Alexei Kudashov’s men.
The first frame was goalless but SKA looked the stronger team. That advantage was finally transferred to the scoreboard midway through the second session when Sibir took a delaying the game call and SKA’s top line needed less than 20 seconds to give Lehtera a shooting chance between the hash marks. The closing minutes of the period saw SKA assert itself. First, Vladimir Tkachyov doubled the lead then another penalty helped Lehtera make it 3-0 as he slapped his stick down to divert Alexei Byvaltsev’s diagonal pass into the far corner.
At 3-0, it felt like game over – but Sibir was not about to roll over. Yegor Milovzorov’s goal in the 48th minute might have been little more than a consolation effort but Nikita Mikhailov made it a one-goal game with almost seven minutes to play and the suddenly the outcome was very much in doubt. It wasn’t until Viktor Tikhonov scored into the empty net that SKA could relax.
Goals: 0-1 Andrighetto (Shirokov 24:52); 0-2 Grachyov (Shcherbak, Koshelev 25:12); 1-2 Kokarev (38:51); 2-2 Kulik (Talaluyev 52:00); 2-3 Beck (60:28)
Goalies: Khomchenko – Bobkov
Sven Andrighetto’s first goal in the KHL and a goaltending blunder in overtime helped Avangard to victory at Spartak. The Swiss forward set the visitor on the way to victory but a spirited recovery from the Red-and-Whites was halted when rookie goalie Pavel Khomchenko blundered in the first minute of the extras.
Khomchenko fumbled the puck after a Taylor Beck shot and ended up knocking it into his own net to give Avangard the win. It was a blow for the youngster in his first KHL start, but after the game he was philosophical. “Any negatives, you just need to put them out of your mind,” he told championat.com. “Znarok supported me in the locker room, he said to keep looking forward, to chalk this one up to experience. The guys were also right behind me. I think everything will be OK.”
It was a harsh way for Spartak to lose after an impressive fightback against last season’s runner-up. After a goalless first period, the visitor jumped into a 2-0 lead when Andrighetto’s opener was followed by Evgeny Grachyov just 20 seconds later. However, Denis Kokarev – part of Znarok’s Dynamo team that defeated Avangard in the Gagarin Cup final in 2012 – pulled a goal back late in the second period and Evgeny Kulik tied the game with eight minutes left to play.