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Lokomotiv snapped a three-game losing streak to edge Avangard 2-1 in the big game of the day. Elsewhere, Ak Bars made it five wins in a row after a Danis Zaripov goal from the red line set up a 4-2 win at Dinamo Minsk. Eric Tangradi’s hat-trick led Barys to a convincing margin against Severstal and Amur continued its improvement with victory at Sochi. All four KHL games began with a minute’s silence in memory of Samvel Mnatsyan, the former Barys, Neftekhimik and Admiral defenseman whose death after a battle against cancer was announced this morning. He was 29 years old.

Tangradi treble sinks Severstal

Barys Nur-Sultan 5 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (2-0, 1-1, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Valk (Tangradi 1:24); 2-0 Tangradi (2:35 PP); 3-0 Starchenko (Kleshchenko, Valk 24:41 PP); 3-1 Liska (Monakhov, Baldayev 35:04); 4-1 Tangradi (Mikhailis 56:02); 5-1 Tangradi (Knight, Dietz 59:47 PP)

Goalies: Karlsson – Podyapolsky (Khakimov 2:35)

Eric Tangradi had an afternoon to remember as Barys defeated Severstal 5-1. The American forward, who joined Barys from the Devils organization, scored his first hat-trick in the KHL and added an assist as his team enjoyed a crushing victory.

Barys wasted little time taking control of the game. After 84 seconds, Tangradi’s assist saw Curtis Valk open the scoring with his first of the season. Barely a minute later, Tangradi scored his first of the game to convert the first power play. That was the end of the evening for visiting goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky, who was replaced by Rafael Khakimov.

Khakimov slowed the Barys scoring but was beaten in the 25th minute when Roman Starchenko scored another power play goal. Adam Liska got a goal back for the visitor, but the game was already gone and the third period saw Tangradi score twice more in the closing minutes to complete his hat-trick and give the final scoreline a one-sided appearance.

Loko lifted by win over Avangard

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 Avangard Omsk 1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Lander (Osipov 14:33); 2-0 Da Costa (Kayumov, Nakladal 30:47); 2-1 Dedunov (47:31 SH)

Goalies: Konovalov – Sudnitsin

Lokomotiv put its recent troubles behind it to defeat last season’s Gagarin Cup finalist with an encouraging display at the start of its new home stand.

Photo: 06.10.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Avangard (Omsk)

After losing five of their last six, the Railwaymen were in need of a boost but faced a tough task against an Avangard team that has picked up at least one point from each of its last six. However, the home team came out on top in a hard-fought game.

Loko went in front in the 15th minute. The home team blew its chance of a four-minute power play when it was caught out changing on the fly and took a ‘too many men’ call. However, during that spell of 4-on-4 play, Anton Lander got the opening goal thanks to Maxim Osipov’s defense-splitting pass. Midway through the second period, Lokomotiv doubled its lead after Stephane Da Costa’s effort from a tight angle bounced off the back of goalie Alexander Sudnitsin and dropped into the net.

Avangard fought back and reduced the arrears with a short-handed goal from Pavel Dedunov in the third period. The visitor pressed hard to tie the game and came close when Taylor Beck shot against the piping with the net at his mercy, but Lokomotiv held on to secure the win.

Amur makes it three from three

HC Sochi 1 Amur Khabarovsk 2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Vitasek (Jordan, T Zohorna 32:55 PP); 1-1 Tochitsky (Bertilsson, Rosen 37:26 PP); 1-2 T Zohorna (Golubev 48:45 PP)

Goalies: Shikin – Alikin

Amur is picking up the pace after a slow start to the season and today’s game saw Alexander Gulyavtsev’s team record its third successive victory.

Photo: 06.10.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. HC Sochi (Sochi) - Amur (Khabarovsk)

All three goals in Sochi came on the power play. The first was created by Amur’s foreign legion, with Tomas Zohorna and Michal Jordan setting up compatriot Ondrej Vitasek on the slot in the 33rd minute. Sochi replied through Nikita Tochitsky late in the middle frame. However, Zohorna had the final say when he potted the game-winner during a passage of 5-on-3 action midway through the third period.

Zaripov’s super strike sets Ak Bars on its way

Dinamo Minsk 2 Ak Bars Kazan 4 (0-0, 1-2, 1-2)

Goals: 0-1 Zaripov (Yudin 21:10); 0-2 E Galimov (Zhuravlyov, Pedan 25:51); 1-2 Pare (Kostitsyn, Deryabin 37:18); 1-3 A Galimov (Galiyev, Wikstrand 48:37); 1-4 Galiyev (Zaripov, Yarullin 51:41 PP); 2-4 Pulkkinen (Shore, Martynov 58:43)

Goalies: Osipkov – Riedeborn

Dinamo’s run of five home wins came to an end at the hands of Ak Bars, with the visitor moving three points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference. Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team is now just one point behind overall league leaders CSKA and Vityaz after collecting 22 points from 12 games.

However, it took some time for Ak Bars to assume control of this game. Dinamo is full of confidence at the moment after climbing to sixth in the West and the teams were evenly matched in the first period. After the intermission, though, a strike from Danis Zaripov set the visitor on its way to victory. The veteran Ak Bars captain fired in the puck from the red line and caught young Belarusian goalie Alexander Osipkov out of position to open the scoring. Four minutes later, Emil Galimov doubled the lead, and Minsk was in deep trouble.

The home team kept battling. Francis Pare pulled one back before the second intermission, but Ak Bars would not be halted. Artyom Galimov made it 3-1, Zaripov collected an assist as Stanislav Galiyev added a fourth. Teemu Pulkkinen had the final word but his late goal was not enough to save Dinamo or deny Ak Bars a fifth successive win.

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