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The most dramatic finish of the day came in Nizhny Novogorod, where Stanislav Bocharov snatched victory for the home team with just three seconds of overtime left. Torpedo’s winner came moments after CSKA had hit the bar at the other end. Metallurg’s problems continued: a 0-3 loss at Neftekhimik makes it four defeats in five games this season. Jokerit made it two wins in a row with a convincing display at Severstal, and Niklas Jensen made it four goals from those two games. In the Far East, Traktor and Barys picked up 3-1 wins on the road at Admiral and Amur respectively.

In-form Sedlak starts Traktor’s fightback

Admiral Vladivostok 1 Traktor Chelyabinsk 3 (1-0, 0-2, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Kozlovsky (Lomako, A Streltsov 6:46); 1-1 Sedlak (Virtanen, Hyka 25:46); 1-2 Kosov 38:59; 1-3 Kruchinin (59:54 empty net)

Goalies: Olkinuora – Demchenko

Lukas Sedlak got his fifth goal of the season as Traktor claimed immediate revenge in Vladivostok. Yesterday, Admiral got the verdict against its visitor but in Wednesday’s rematch the Ural outfit recovered from losing an early goal to secure a 3-1 victory.

Yury Kozlovsky got that opening goal, only the second of his KHL career, to start a game full of incident. Traktor thought it had tied the game in the first period, only for a video review to spot the use of a hand as the puck found Juho Olkinuora’s net.

It was only a temporary reprieve. Sedlak’s partnership with his compatriot Tomas Hyka is showing signs of delivering good things for Traktor and the Czech mates combined as Sedlak tied the game. Late in the second period, Yaroslav Kosov’s mazy solo effort opened his account for the club and gave the visitor what proved to be a decisive advantage. There was still time for Alexei Kruchinin to wrap it up, firing his second of the season into an empty net. Traktor’s Far East tour continues at the weekend with two games in Shenzhen against Kunlun Red Star.

Tangradi opens his account

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

Goals: 1-0 Rudenkov (21:13 PP); 1-1 Starchenko (Shalapov 27:09 PP); 1-2 Tangradi (Starchenko, Maklyukov 55:48 PP); 1-3 Mikhailis (Helewka 59:13 empty net)

Goalies: Langhamer – Pasquale

Eric Tangradi got his first goal in the KHL to help Barys to victory at Amur. The Tigers, meanwhile, are still searching for their first victory of the season after their losing streak extended to five games.

Photo: 11.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Amur (Khabarovsk) - Barys (Nur-Sultan)

Barys hasn’t made the brightest of starts to the season, struggling to recapture the form of last year, but it did have a win against Amur from its home stand at the start of the campaign. And on arrival in Khabarovsk, the Kazakhs got another victory against its Chernyshev Division rival. Amur, meanwhile, had brief cause for optimism when Igor Rudenkov surprised Eddie Pasquale with a shot from the boards to open the scoring early in the second period.

The lead didn’t last. Roman Starchenko replied with a power play goal in the 28th minute and, late in the game, Tangradi potted his first for his new club. That, too, came on the power play as the 2017 Calder Cup winner converted a quick breakaway. Nikita Mikhailis wrapped up the win with an empty-net goal.

Metallurg’s struggles continue at Neftekhimik

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 0 (1-0, 0-0, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Mitchell (White, Ryasensky 3:15); 2-0 Khafizov (Avtsin, Bikmullin 41:33)

Goalies: Sharychenkov – Koshechkin

Metallurg’s slow start to the season has already seen off head coach Josef Jandac, but the return of Ilya Vorobyov has not been an immediate solution to the team’s problems. Wednesday brought a second successive loss for the former Team Russia chief as Neftekhimik continued its upswing and recorded a 3-0 victory. It was a big day for youngster Timur Khafizov, who had a goal and an assist to open his KHL account, while Alexander Sharychenkov made 29 saves for his first shut-out of the season.

Neftekhimik took the lead early on when Zack Mitchell got on the end of Evgeny Ryasensky’s diagonal and steered the puck past Vasily Koshechkin. There was a video review to check that the American forward had not encroached on the goalie’s paintwork, but the officials awarded him his fourth goal of the season.

The second stanza brought more struggles for the visitor as it upped its offense but could not find a way past Sharychenkov in the home net. Even a figure as experienced a Sergei Mozyakin was not immune to his team’s increasing frustration; midway through the game he was called for embellishment after Alexander Avtsin tripped him.

Neftekhimik increased its lead early in the third when 21-year-old Khafizov potted his first KHL goal. It wasn’t a moment that Koshechkin or Ivan Vereshchagin will remember fondly; the former allowed a Rafael Bikmullin shot to bounce a long way out of the crease, the latter failed to block Khafizov’s path to the puck as he put away the rebound.

And Magnitka’s misery was complete with five minutes to play when Khafizov spotted Pavel Poryadin emerging from the sin bin and released him behind the Metallurg defense. The forward collected his fifth goal of the season, deking his way past Koshechkin to complete the scoring and make it back-to-back wins for the host.

Jensen leads Jokerit to victory

Severstal Cherepovets 1 Jokerit Helsinki 4 (1-1, 0-2, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Jensen (8:35); 1-1 Vovchenko (Trubachyov 15:00); 1-2 Jensen (Lehtonen, Haapala 20:37); 1-3 Lauridson (37:59); 1-4 Ikonen (Anttila 59:20 empty net)

Goalies: Khakimov – Kalnins

Niklas Jensen scored twice to lead Jokerit to victory in Cherepovets. The Finns made it back-to-back wins after losing their first two games of the season and there was a first point of the campaign for May’s World Championship hero Marko Anttila.

Photo: 11.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Jokerit (Helsinki)

Anttila’s contribution came with an assist as Henri Ikonen wrapped up the game with an empty-net goal, but Jensen had done the heavy lifting long before that. The Dane opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he intercepted a stray pass on the halfway line and raced up the ice to beat Rafael Khakimov. Severstal recovered from that blow and tied the scores thanks to Daniil Vovchenko late in the first period, but when Jensen got his second early in the middle frame it would prove decisive. Summer signings Mikko Lehtonen and Henrik Haapala combined to set up Jensen for his second double in two games, firing home from a tight angle. Another Dane, Oliver Lauridsen, added a third late in the second stanza before Ikonen completed the scoring late on.

Dramatic win for Torpedo

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2 CSKA Moscow 1 OT (0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Grigorenko (Kaprizov, Nesterov 14:33 PP); 1-1 Zhafyarov (Varfolomeyev 27:57); 2-1 Bocharov (Alyayev 64:57)

Goalies: Lindbak – Sorokin

Torpedo snatched a dramatic victory over CSKA with just three second remaining in overtime. Stanislav Bocharov’s goal separated the teams and snapped a three-game winning streak for the defending champion.

As the extras drew to a close, CSKA was a millimetre away from victory when Linden Vey fired a shot against the Torpedo crossbar. But the puck bounced to safety and Bocharov pounced to lead an odd-man rush. He waited for the defenseman to commit himself before squaring the puck for Artyom Alyayev to shoot, then followed up to tuck in the rebound at Ilya Sorokin’s back door and claim the win for the host.

Earlier, CSKA took a first-period lead when Mikhail Grigorenko scored a power play goal. But this was never a comfortable game for the visitor and Damir Zhafyarov tied it up midway through the second period with a goal against one of his former clubs. As the game wore on, CSKA increased the pressure on Anders Lindbak’s net but could not force a winner and ended up caught out at the last moment.

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