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CSKA returned to the top of the KHL table thanks to a comprehensive 6-1 win over Dinamo Riga. However, the Army Men needed help from Spartak, which edged Vityaz in a shoot-out to topple the previous leader. Earlier in the day, Sergei Mozyakin recorded his 700th point in the KHL but Metallurg suffered a shoot-out loss at home to Torpedo. Anatoly Golyshev marked his return from injury with a goal but he, too, finished on the losing side against Dynamo Moscow. And SKA suffered a shock home defeat against Traktor and has now lost four out of eight in Petersburg this season.

Ex-factor lifts Admiral

Admiral Vladivostok 2 Kunlun Red Star 1 (0-0, 1-0, 1-1)

Goals: 1-0 Bakos (Butuzov 20:37); 2-0 Lomako (Mishchenko 44:29); 2-1 Werek (Osipov 49:11)

Goalies: Olkinuora – Hrubec

A goal from former Red Star forward Martin Bakos turned the tide in this game, setting Admiral on course for victory after the home team negotiated some choppy waters in the first period.

The opening exchanges were goalless, but Kunlun had the clearer chances. Denis Osipov hit the post with an effort from center ice and Olli Palola squandered a fine opportunity on the power play. But at the start of the middle frame, Bakos emerged from behind the net to baffle defenseman Trevor Murphy before lifting a backhander to the top shelf.

The home team extended its lead early in the third through Oleg Lomako; Ethan Werek pulled a goal back for the Dragons with 10 minutes to play but there was no late drama to save the Chinese team in the final game of its long road trip.

Ruohomaa’s strike defeats his former club

Sibir Novosibirsk 4 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2 (3-1, 1-1, 0-0)

Goals: 1-0 Torchenyuk (Chesalin 9:49); 2-0 Sharov (15:27); 2-1 Paigin (Bryntsev, Khairullin 17:12 PP); 3-1 Ruohomaa (19:39 PP); Volgin (Kazionov, Groshev 23:41); 4-2 Morozov (34:07)

Goalies: Sateri – Barullin

Mikael Ruohomaa got the game-winner for Sibir to sink his former club, Neftekhimik. The Finn, who swapped Nizhnekamsk for Novosibirsk in the summer, potted a power play effort late in the first period to open a 3-1 lead that his former colleagues could not bridge.

Sibir, without a win over Neftekhimik for two seasons, made a determined start to the game. Alexander Torchenyuk opened the scoring in the 10th minute and Alexander Sharov doubled that lead before a Ziyat Paigin slapshot halved the arrears when the visitor got the first power play of the game. However, moments later Neftekhimik found itself at a numerical disadvantage and Ruohomaa took advantage to restore that three-goal cushion.

Early in the second period defenseman Alexei Volgin got his first goal for Neftekhimik but Sibir was in no mood to let its lead slip. Ilya Morozov emerged from the penalty box to break away for an unassisted goal to make it 4-2 and, with a solid advantage, the home team was able to see out the third period with little alarm.

Golyshev returns with a goal, Dynamo leaves with the win

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 1 Dynamo Moscow 4 (1-1, 0-1, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Kulyomin (Moiseyev, Volkov 3:37); 1-1 Golyshev (Kucheryavenko, Gareyev 9:51); 1-2 Mironov (Jaskin, Shipachyov 31:37); 1-3 Lyamin (Petersson, Igumnov 44:22); 1-4 Bryukvin (Polygalov, Indrasis 45:27)

Goalies: Kovar (Gross 45:27) – Bocharov

Anatoly Golyshev got his first goal after returning to the Avtomobilist line-up following an injury, but this game belonged to Dynamo.

The forward marked his first appearance of the season by rounding off a well-worked move to tie this game in the 10th minute. However, there was little more for Avtomobilist to cheer as Dynamo regrouped and went on to win convincingly.

The visitor took an early lead through Vyacheslav Kulyomin and regained the initiative midway through the game when Andrei Mironov fired home from the blue line after his team-mates won a faceoff in the Avtomobilist zone. For much of the game, Dynamo was content to play on the counterattack but early in the third period the Blue-and-Whites got a chance to occupy Avto territory for an extended period – and converted that pressure into two goals in two minutes.

First came Kirill Lyamin, then Vladimir Bryukvin; the latter’s effort chased Jakub Kovar from the home goal but the goaltending change could not spark a fightback.

Mozyakin gets his 700th point but Metallurg misses out

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3 SO (1-1, 0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Mozyakin (Parshin 3:29); 1-1 Zhafyarov (Genoway, Schroeder 17:42 PP); 1-2 Howden (Bocharov 29:25); 2-2 Yakovlev (Lyubimov, Vereshchagin 53:35); 2-3 Varnakov (65:00 penalty shot)

Goalies: Galimov (Koshechkin 29:25) – Tikhomirov

Sergei Mozyakin scored his 700th point in the KHL – but his moment of history was not enough to lead Metallurg to victory over Torpedo. Russian hockey’s all-time leading scorer had gone an uncharacteristic 11 games without a goal since Sep. 4, but he showed all of his familiar scoring instincts in the fourth minute when he got to Denis Parshin’s pass to the slot and beat Andrei Tikhomirov in the visitor’s goal.

For Magnitka, hoping to rediscover its form after a torrid start to the season, it should have been a valuable shot in the arm. Instead, though, it proved to be the prelude to another difficult afternoon. Torpedo tied the scores thanks to a power play goal from Damir Zhafyarov late in the first and went ahead on a Quinton Howden effort midway through the game.

The home team managed an equalizer through Yegor Yakovlev midway through the third period but was unable to force a result before the game went to a shoot-out. That series was settled by Mikhail Varnakov, who had three attempts and beat Vasily Koshechkin every time.

After the game, Mozyakin admitted that he had been unaware of his latest milestone. But he added that there were signs of Magnitka emerging from its recent slump. “It’s the first time in a while we’ve taken a point from two games in a row, hopefully we’re starting to get back to form,” he said. “I only found out today that I’d reached 700 points and right now I don’t want to think about that. It’s a big number, but for me the team’s result always comes first.”

CSKA dominates Dinamo

CSKA Moscow 6 Dinamo Riga 1 (1-1, 4-0, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Vey (Sekac 4:19); 1-1 Meija (Mamcics, Marenis 17:09); 2-1 Vey (Kiselevich, Mamin 24:37); 3-1 Nesterov (Grigorenko 31:20 PP); 4-1 Kaprizov (34:32); 5-1 Telegin (Romanov, Kaprizov 37:41); 6-1 Marchenko (Johansson 47:41 SH, empty net)

Goalies: Johansson – Makarov

CSKA produced another commanding performance to rack up the goals at home to struggling Dinamo Riga. The Latvians, defeated 7-0 last time out, might have allowed seven more here; a missed penalty shot from Maxim Mamin kept the Army Men to six.

However, the underlying problem for Dinamo is still all too evident: CSKA had 74 attempts in the game, 41 of them on target and spent over 18 minutes with the puck in Riga’s zone. Girts Ankipans has been seeking new goaltending options, but few netminders can regularly give their teams a chance to win in the face of that kind of onslaught.

The KHL’s leading scorer, Kirill Kaprizov, added a goal and an assist to his tally and moves to 18 (10+8) for the season so far. Linden Vey also scored twice, Ivan Telegin potted the fifth and goal number six just summed up Dinamo’s luck this season. On the power play, despite trailing 1-5, the visitor bravely called goalie Andrei Makarov to the bench in the hope of sparking an unlikely comeback. Instead, though, Alexei Marchenko shot into the empty net to wrap up another emphatic scoreline.

SKA stumbles at home again

SKA St. Petersburg 1 Traktor Chelyabinsk 2 (1-2, 0-0, 0-0)

Goals: 1-0 Karpov (Galenyuk, Tkachyov 7:31); 1-1 Hyka (Sedlak 8:21); 1-2 Calof (Kruchinin, Tereshchenko 11:20)

Goalies: Melnichuk – Demchenko

Traktor sprang a surprise in St. Petersburg, sending SKA to a fourth loss in just eight home games. Peteris Skudra’s team grabbed an early lead as this game got off to a fast start, then continued to match SKA blow for blow as it preserved its lead.

Initially, the home team seemed to have few worries. Maxim Karpov opened the scoring against his hometown club when he got to the back door and turned in a Vladimir Tkachyov feed. But the lead lasted less than a minute before Traktor’s Czech combination tied the scores when Tomas Hyka forced home a Lukas Sedlak feed from close range.

Karpov then went close to restoring SKA’s lead, but the next goal came at the other end when Andrew Calof went through one-on-one and beat Alexei Melnichuk to give Traktor the lead.

At that point, typically, SKA would look to raise its offense and overwhelm the opposition; Traktor might have been expected to dig in and try to withstand the onslaught for as long as possible. Instead, though, Skudra’s team looked to combine defensive resilience with a willingness to look for more goals. As a result, SKA was able to build a slight advantage in terms of puck possession but never really managed to dominate the shot count except for a spell in the second period. The visitor created enough openings to keep Melnichuk in the game but neither side was able to find another goal as the visitor held on to the verdict.

Spartak halts Vityaz in shoot-out

Vityaz Moscow Region 1 Spartak Moscow 2 SO (0-0, 0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Leshchenko (Tsyplakov, Shashkov 22:37); 1-1 Voronkov (Shvets-Rogovoi 58:23); 1-2 Daugavins (65:00 penalty shot)

Goalies: Samonov (Ezhov 48:31) – Hudacek

After 10 consecutive victories, Vityaz tasted defeat by the narrowest of margins at home to Spartak. The early-season pacesetter went down in a shoot-out against the Red-and-Whites, relinquishing top spot to CSKA despite a late tying goal in a tense battle in Podolsk.

Spartak owed much to goalie Julius Hudacek. In the game, he was impressive; in overtime he dealt with the danger generated by the home offense and in the shoot-out he was imperious. The confident way he swatted aside Evgeny Artyukhin’s attempt set the tone for a post-game performance that saw Vityaz fail to score in the deciding sequence.

But this was a battle that could have gone either way. The first period was cautious, with both defenses looking strong and neither side able to find the telling pass. Early in the second, Maxim Tsyplakov finally delivered that, his measured feed sending Vyacheslav Leshchenko through to put Spartak ahead.

Subsequently, Vityaz tried to up the tempo. The third period, in particular, saw some big chances for the home team, but it wasn’t until the last moments that Yegor Voronkov stepped up to shoot home the tying goal, flashing a shot beneath the crossbar from between the hash marks.

In overtime, Vityaz might have won it. An early defensive mix-up by Spartak saw Hudacek forced to deny Miro Aaltonen a winning goal. Moments later, Ville Lajunen fanned his shot when well placed. But the visitor held its nerve, took the game to the shoot-out and claimed the verdict.

Andy Potts Andy Potts
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