Goals: 0-1 Calof (Hyka, Sedlak 18:02); 0-2 Virtanen (Hyka, Tereshchenko 37:10); 1-2 Foo (Cracknell, Wolski 59:42)
Goalies: Smith – Demchenko
Saturday was a big day for hockey in Shenzhen. With China’s traditional Autumn festival in full swing, the southern city staged a sporting bonanza of its own. Red Star continued its season in the afternoon with a game against Traktor before the Vanke Rays’ women’s team played its first game in the Russian Women’s Hockey League in the evening. The double-header attracted 7,710 fans to the Universiade Sports Complex, an all-time record crowd for the Kunlun game.
Unfortunately, most of them went home disappointed after a fine performance from visiting goalie Vasily Demchenko denied their team. Red Star looked livelier from the start but struggled to take its chances, despite giving David Bondra a debut up front in place of the suspended Gilbert Brule. At the other end, the visitor was more clinical: Andrew Calof batted home the rebound from a Lukas Sedlak shot in the first period, Jesse Virtanen redirected an Alexei Tereshchenko effort to make it 2-0 in the second.
The Dragons finally hit the net in the third period when Spencer Foo fired home from a tight angle to claim his first KHL goal. But with 18 seconds left, there was no time to force overtime and Traktor took the verdict. The teams meet again tomorrow.
Goals: 1-0 Hartikainen (Panin, Omark 8:04); 1-1 Lazarev (Jordan 11:02 SH); 2-1 Baranov (Omark, Manninen 19:59); 2-2 Rudenkov (T Zohorna, Vitasek 29:47 PP); 3-2 Soshnikov (Koledov 50:02)
Goalies: Metsola – Alikin
Salavat Yulaev got its first home win of the season after edging past struggling Amur by the odd goal in five.
The home team got off to a fast start with Teemu Hartikainen and Philip Larsen going close before the Finn opened the scoring in the ninth minute. Linus Omark fired in a shot and Hartikainen got his stick to it to redirect the puck beyond Evgeny Alikin in the visitor’s net. Amur found a quick reply when Anton Lazarev went clean through and won his duel with Juha Metsola to record a short-handed goal, but Salavat Yulaev finished the opening stanza strongly and regained the lead when Ilya Baranov celebrated his first appearance of the season with a goal in the last second of the frame.
Amur is still seeking its first win of the season, but it wasn’t about to give up on this game. Midway through the second period Igor Rudenkov’s power play goal tied the scores. Ufa enjoyed by far the bulk of the attacking play – 16 minutes on offense against just 6:44 on defense over two periods – but struggled to turn that pressure into a tangible reward.
The pressure paid off at last with 10 minutes to play when Nikita Soshnikov scored his fourth goal of the season. That was enough to separate the teams, securing a third win of the season for Salavat Yulaev. Amur suffered its sixth successive loss since the start of the current campaign and is the only team in the KHL still awaiting its first victory.
Goals: 1-0 Bikmullin (Sharipzyanov, Groshev 3:54); 1-1 Obidin (Kucheryavenko, Mozer 6:36); 1-2 Dawes (Macek 19:39); 2-2 Bikmullin (Zakharchuk 28:12 PP); 3-2 Bikmullin (Sergeyev, Khafizov 30:44); 3-3 Platt (Sexton, Holland 34:14); 3-4 Mozer (Kucheryavenko, Obidin 44:32); 3-5 Dawes (55:47 PP).
Goalies: Barulin – Fomin
Rafael Bikmullin scored the first hat-trick of his KHL career but still ended up on the losing side as Avtomobilist continued its winning start to the season. The visitor is the only team in the league that has yet to lose a game in 2019/20 but it had to work hard to maintain that record in Nizhnekamsk.
The 22-year-old forward enjoyed a fine start to the afternoon, putting the home team ahead in the fourth minute. However, Avtomobilist responded to take a lead into the first intermission. Andrei Obidin tied the scores before Nigel Dawes made it 2-1 seconds before the break.
In the middle frame, Bikmullin scored twice more. First, he put away the rebound from a Stepan Zakharchuk shot to tie the game on the power play, then a couple of minutes later he smashed home a one-timer from the top of the circle to restore Neftekhimik’s lead. That takes him to four goals for the season and 10 for his KHL career.
However, Avtomobilist is leading the way this season for a reason and the visitor showed why it is so hard to beat. Geoff Platt quickly tied it up at 3-3 before the intermission, then the third period saw Dawes get his second goal of the game with Evgeny Mozer also on target.
Goals: 1-0 Vovchenko (Trubachyov, Geraskin 6:15); 2-0 Vovchenko (Khabarov, Geraskin 17:04); 2-1 Kruglov (28:11); 2-2 Shipachyov (Hietanen, Cajkovsky 32:28 PP); 3-2 Trubachyov (65:00 penalty shot)
Goalies: Podyapolsky – Bocharov
Vadim Shipachyov collected his 600th point in the KHL as he scored Dynamo’s tying goal in this game at Severstal. The Russian international reached the landmark in his 641st game, and has 197 goals and 403 assists to his name.
His fourth goal of the current season also helped Dynamo rally from 0-2 down after two first period goals from Daniil Vovchenko put the Steelmen in control of this game. The first period was impressive from the host, but the middle frame saw the Blue-and-Whites seize the initiative. The pressure paid off when Ilya Kruglov reduced the arrears in the 29th minute; in contrast with Shipachyov, the 19-year-old recorded his first KHL point in only his ninth appearance.
Then came Vadim’s big moment, converting a power play with a vicious one-timer off a Michal Cajkovsky feed to tie the game.
However, Dynamo was unable to go on from there to win the game. There was no further scoring within regulation time, overtime proved inconclusive and the shoot-out saw Vladislav Podyapolsky close the door on Dynamo to earn Severstal the verdict.
Goals: 0-1 Sayustov (Milovzorov, Loginov 9:10); 1-1 Shevchenko (Jerabek 28:18); 1-2 Yermakov (Peltola 35:07); 2-2 Shinkevich (Lajunen, Grebenshchikov 48:56); 3-2 Chernov (65:00 penalty shot)
Goalies: Ezhov – Sateri
Sibir’s Harri Sateri made his first visit to former club Vityaz since his move to Siberia – but finished on the losing side after a shoot-out in Podolsk. The visitor twice led in regulation but could not keep hold of that advantage and lost out to Pavel Chernov in the post-game contest.
Dmitry Sayustov opened the scoring for Sibir midway through the first period and that lead lasted until the middle of the second when Alexander Shevchenko tied it up. Andrei Yermakov restored Sibir’s advantage before the intermission, given too much time to go behind Ilya Ezhov’s net and score on the wraparound.
However, the home team rallied. Ilya Shinkevich fired home from the point, beating a despairing waft of Sateri’s glove to find the top corner. And in the shoot-out, Chernov made the difference to give Vityaz two points and the overall lead in the Western Conference.
Goal: 0-1 Altybarmakyan (Lugin, Tochitsky 26:26 PP)
Goalies: Khomchenko – Shikin
Shikin made 36 saves, 17 of them in the third period, to frustrate the home offense. At times, he got some assistance. One odd-man rush ended when a defenseman got back to halt Gennady Stolyarov’s progress, another saw Spartak over-complicate its play and fail to get a meaningful shot away. But the goalie also stood up well to get behind eight blasts from Patrik Hersley’s famous cannon.
At the other end, Sochi created less. However, it got the only goal in the second period when Dmitry Lugin’s shot rebounded for Andrei Altybarmakyan to fire into a wide-open net. Spartak thus missed the chance to return to the top of the Western Conference.