This game was turned on its head in the last 10 minutes of regulation as Sibir produced a huge fightback to snap Vasily Koshechkin’s shut-out streak. The Metallurg goalie had gone 191 minutes without allowing a goal before the start of today’s action and added a further 50 minutes to that before he was beaten at last here. Within 10 minutes, though, he’d let in two more goals as Sibir took the overtime verdict.
It all started very differently. Metallurg has shown signs of putting its troubled start to the season behind it in recent game and the opening exchanges saw the visitor jump to a 2-0 lead. Nikolai Kulemin’s third of the season got things rolling and Bogdan Potekhin doubled the advantage close to the intermission after great work from young defenseman Grigory Dronov.
Koshechkin was much busier in the second period as Sibir enjoyed three power plays in a row and gained momentum, but not goals. It wasn’t until the closing stages that the host got back into the game. First, Jukka Peltola and Vladimir Pervushin scored two goals in the space of 39 seconds to tie the game. Then, after Sibir failed to complete the job in regulation, Peltola’s second of the night settled the outcome in the first minute of overtime.
A hat-trick from Andrew Miller helped Red Star to victory at Vityaz as the Chinese team recorded three successive victories for the first time since October 2017.
The Dragons were unchanged from the team that won at Avangard on Friday and got off to a flying start in Podolsk. There were less than 90 seconds played when Brandon Yip picked out Miller in space in front of goal to open the scoring. Midway through the first period the American forward got his second of the game, firing home the rebound after Yip’s shot was padded away by Ilya Ezhov.
However, that bright start almost evaporated for the visitor. The first problem came in the first shift of the second period when Yip suffered an injury that kept him out of the remainder of the game. While the captain was receiving treatment, goals from Pekka Jormakka and Alexander Semin brought the game back to 2-2 at the midway point.
The next goal was going to be crucial – and it was Miller who got it, firing home a Gilbert Brule feed to restore Kunlun’s lead 38 seconds from the end of the frame. There was some hard work to be done on defense, not least killing a penalty early in the third when the score was still 3-2, but a breakaway goal from Ethan Werek put the game beyond reach in the 52nd minute.
Dinamo’s recent improvement hit a bump in Moscow as the Latvians went down to defeat against Spartak. However, a big third-period fightback made this into a tighter game than seemed likely at the start of the second period when the host opened a 3-0 lead.
The visitor could hardly have made a worse start. Oskars Bartulis took a penalty in the first minute and Spartak cashed in with a goal from Alexander Khokhlachyov to open the scoring early on. However, Dinamo had a great chance to put things right when Martins Karsums was ejected from the game for boarding. Riga dominated play during the subsequent major penalty but struggled to really test home goalie Julius Hudacek.
And, once the penalty was killed, Spartak doubled its lead through Ilya Zubov. At the end of the first period, the home team had two goals from five shots and within 90 seconds of the restart Ansel Galimov made it 3-0. That was Galimov’s second goal since joining Spartak from Severstal, and also the last action that Andrei Makarov saw before he was replaced by Maxim Tretyak.
The third period brought two goals in a minute for Dinamo, with Vitalijs Pavlovs and Roberts Lipsbergs taking it back to a one-goal game with seven minutes still on the clock. Riga continued to push for an equalizer in the closing stages but Hudacek kept the visitor at bay to secure the win for Spartak.
League leader CSKA got some revenge for its opening-day defeat against Avangard, edging its opponent in a shoot-out after a 1-1 tie. For the home team, this was a second successive loss in Balashikha, coming two days after a surprise defeat at the hands of Kunlun Red Star.
The two teams met on September 1 in the Opening Cup, with Avangard coming out on top in a game distinguished by Maxim Chudinov’s thunderous long range strike. Chudinov was injured his time, and in his absence CSKA had the better of the early stages. The Army Men shaded the play in the first period and took the lead late in the frame when Ivan Telegin reacted first to the rebound after Igor Bobkov blocked a Klas Dahlback shot.
The middle frame was evenly-matched but, once again, there were few opportunities for goals. Avangard’s willingness to press disrupted CSKA’s offensive power but Bob Hartley’s team also struggled to create scoring chances of its own. That changed in the third. With the home team running out of time, it stepped up the pace on offense and tied the game 10 minutes before the hooter. Valentin Pyanov got the goal, redirecting a Cody Franson shot past Ilya Sorokin.
CSKA had the better chances to win it in regulation, with a great opportunity for Mikhail Grigorenko to grab a short-handed goal after a defensive error put him one-on-one with Bobkov. However, the forward fired wide and the game moved on to overtime.
The visitor had the better of the extras, but Bobkov came up with a couple of big saves to keep the game alive. In the shoot-out, CSKA got 2-0 up and seemed to be on the way to victory, but Avangard converted its fourth and fifth attempts to extend the series. Eventually, Anton Slepyshev scored for the second time in the shoot-out to give CSKA the win.
Dinamo Minsk moved off the foot of the Western Conference after taking a point from this game. However, the Belarusians missed out on the chance to end a long losing streak as Salavat Yulaev battled back from 0-2 to win it in overtime.
Andrei Stepanov gave the home team a great start with a third-minute goal, but subsequently the visitor dominated the first period. Jhonas Enroth made 16 saves to preserve that lead until the first intermission. In the second session, Enroth was busy again when he stopped a penalty shot from Nikita Soshnikov and Dinamo extended its lead when Artyom Demkov converted his team’s first power play chance of the night.
The visitor got on the scoreboard late in the second period thanks to Alexander Burmistrov’s power play goal but had to defend a 3-on-5 situation either side of the second intermission. Dinamo’s failure to take that opportunity proved costly: Soshnikov atoned for his penalty shot miss with a tying goal – again on the power play – in the 54th minute and Dmitry Kugryshev got the decider three minutes into the extras.