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Two goals from Czech defenseman Jakob Jerabek helped visit defeat Severstal and reclaim top spot in the Western Conference. The Moscow Region team has just one loss in seven games this season and moves one point clear of CSKA. At the other end of the table, Lokomotiv edged past Dinamo Riga to climb off the foot of the conference thanks to a 3-2 scoreline in Latvia. Amur is still looking for its first win after losing to the only goal in Minsk, while Traktor got an overtime verdict at Sibir.

Comeback win for Traktor

Sibir Novosibirsk 1 Traktor Chelyabinsk 2 OT (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Sayustov (9:24); 1-1 Kruchinin (Kalinin, Sergiyenko 35:40); 1-2 Calof (Virtanen 64:04 PP)

Goalies: Sateri – Demchenko

Game seven of Traktor’s extended early season road trip brought a comeback victory at Sibir thanks to an overtime goal from Andrew Calof. The American forward scored on the power play, loitering in the left-hand circle before exchanging passes with Jesse Virtanen and sweeping home an angled shot past Vasily Demchenko.

Early, the visitor had dominated the first period but found itself behind at the intermission following a goal from Dmitry Sayustov midway through the session. However, Traktor tied the game late in the second period when Alexei Kruchinin brought the puck out from behind the net and opted to shoot from the top of the circle.

Late heartbreak for Amur

Dinamo Minsk 1 Amur Khabarovsk 0 OT (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Goal: 1-0 Gragnani (64:57)

Goalies: Enroth – Langhamer

The look on Amur head coach Alexander Gulyavtsev’s face said it all: Amur can’t quite believe that it left Minsk without a win. For the eighth time in eight games, a single goal margin was enough to defeat the Tigers; this time the only goal of the game arrived three seconds from the end of overtime.

Teemu Pulkkinen was the architect. His surge into Amur territory with barely 15 seconds left to play stretched the visiting defense and after stifling the forward’s rush there was nobody in place to get to Marc-Andre Gragnani and stop him from rifling a shot into the roof of the net to give Dinamo the verdict.

Over the course of the game, though, Amur may feel it was unfortunate not to get in front in regulation. The team from the Far East outshot its host, especially in the second period, and drew some game-saving saves from Jhonas Enroth in the third. Vyacheslav Ushenin was inches away from forcing home the loose puck after a Gleb Koryagin slapshot left Jhonas Enroth groping for the rebound as Minsk’s power play spluttered. The home goalie made a far more convincing save in the 59th minute to deny the other Ushenin twin, Vladislav. Anton Lazarev’s pass found the forward all alone on the slot but Enroth kept his cool and produced a huge glove save to keep the game goalless.

The Swede also denied Vladislav on a one-on-one break in an end-to-end session of overtime before Gragnani broke Amur hearts in the last seconds.

Cherepanov lifts Loko up the table

Dinamo Riga 2 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 (1-1, 1-1, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Ullstrom (Redlihs, McMillan 5:33); 1-1 Rafikov (Kudryavtsev, Svitov 16:54); 1-2 da Costa (Lander 36:31 PP); 2-2 McMillan (Darzins 39:59 PP); 2-3 Cherepanov (Ivanov, Kayumov 42:20)

Goalies: Gudlevskis – Lazushin

Lokomotiv moved off the foot of the Western Conference table with its third win in four games. Craig MacTavish’s team edged a hard-fought game in Riga thanks to Nikita Cherepanov’s goal early in the third period.

The 23-year-old defenseman snapped a 2-2 tie when he fired home from the top of the circle after a long spell of pressure around the home net culminated in a neat combination from young forwards Georgy Ivanov and Artur Kayumov to create the shooting chance for Cherepanov.

The first period saw Dinamo take the lead through David Ullstrom, only for Lokomotiv to respond through Rushan Rafikov. In the second session the sequence was reversed, with Stephane Da Costa putting the Railwaymen in front before Brandon McMillan battled to the slot to poke home the loose puck after his own shot got caught up in Alexander Lazushin’s pads. Both goals came on the power play.

Jerabek double sends Vityaz back to summit

Vityaz Moscow Region 4 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (0-0, 3-1, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Semin (Petrakov, Jerabek 22:07 PP); 2-0 Jerabek (Nattinen 27:01); 2-1 Trubachyov (Vovchenko, Sulak 30:51 PP); 3-1 Moiseyev (35:21); 4-1 Jerabek (Semin, Yevseyenkov 49:50 PP)

Goalies: Samonov – Podyapolsky (Khakimov 35:21)

Vityaz returned to the top of the Western Conference with a victory over Severstal. Mikhail Kravets’ team has suffered just one loss this season – a 2-3 reverse at undefeated Avtomobilist – as it makes a bright start to the campaign.

Photo: 18.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Vityaz (Moscow Region) - Severstal (Cherepovets)

Against Severstal it needed some patience. The visitor resisted some significant first period pressure before allowing a power play goal at the start of the second. Alexander Semin broke the deadlock, although there was an element of good fortune when his attempted pass found a defenseman’s stick and ricocheted beyond Vladislav Podyapolsky in the visitor’s net. There was nothing fortuitous about the second, though, with Jakub Jerabek thundering a shot off the underside of the crossbar to double the advantage.

Penalty trouble invited Severstal back into the game: a long 5-on-3 advantage came to an end without a goal, but the visitor was still one man up when Yury Trubachyov reduced the deficit. However, Danila Moiseyev quickly restored that two-goal cushion, prompting a change in goalie for Severstal.

The third period brought another power play goal for Jerabek – the Czech defenseman finished with three points for the game – as Vityaz wrapped up the game comfortably.

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