Two of SKA’s teenage prospects scored their first goals in the KHL as the Army Men shot down Amur in the third period of Wednesday’s game.
Amur may be struggling at the foot of the table, but this team is rarely overwhelmed. And once again, the Tigers posed plenty of questions for the visitor. Late in an evenly matched first period, Alexander Gorshkov redirected a Nikita Kamalov shot into the net to give the home team the lead.
The pattern began to change in the second period as SKA spent more than a minute on a 5-on-3 power play, but it wasn’t until the last minute of the frame that the visitor tied the game. Nineteen-year-old defenseman Danila Galenyuk fired home his first goal in the league to level the scores and not even a coach’s challenge could save Amur.
Early in the third, SKA got in front for the first time when another defenseman, Artyom Zub, scored against his former club. And the result was settled by another 19-year-old. Kirill Marchenko, who won the shoot-out against Dinamo Riga last week, scored his first ever KHL goal to give the visitor an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Red Star returned home after a successful road trip that brought four wins from five games but was up against a Jokerit team that historically has the upper hand in this fixture.
And, once again, the Finns left China with the win after edging an entertaining game. The opening goal came late in the first period, with Aleksi Halme spotting a gap in the home defense and surging through to celebrate his birthday by scoring the first of the game.
The second period began with a flurry of chances for the home team. Cory Kane was left wondering how he failed to beat Janis Kalnins, Devanter Smith-Pelly hit the post on his home debut for Red Star then Ryan Sproul fired home his first goal in the KHL to tie the scores. However, Jokerit managed to regain the lead just before the hooter when Marko Anttila fired a deflected effort into the net from a tight angle.
The teams traded two more goals early in the third period. Tyler Wong scored on the power play to bring Kunlun level once again, only for Alex Grant to restore the lead a few minutes later. The Dragons came close to salvaging the game in the last minute, but as the puck flashed across the face of Kalnins’ net, Andrew Miller could not quite get his stick to it and steer it home.
Two road wins just before the international break eased the pressure on Avtomobilist, and on the team’s return to Yekaterinburg the Motormen produced the kind of performance widely expected of them. HC Sochi was on the receiving end, battling well for two periods before folding in the third and seeing a four-game winning streak come to an end.
The first period saw Avtomobilist enjoy the better of the play, but it wasn’t until late in the frame that Nigel Dawes turned that supremacy into a goal. The forward emerged from the sin bin, took a pass from Brooks Macek and set off on his own to open the scoring.
Sochi responded with a strong start to the second period and tied the game through Artyom Tomilin. However, in the third, Avto took complete control. It started with a short-handed goal, orchestrated by Pavel Datsyuk and scored by Artyom Gareyev. Gareyev scored again soon afterwards, this time on a delayed penalty, to take the game away from Sochi. The last minute brought two more goals; Dawes scored his second of the night before Anatoly Golyshev wrapped it up in some style.
After 11 successive losses, Dinamo picked up its second win in a row after Ryan Spooner scored twice to lead the team past Vityaz.
Spooner was on target in the shoot-out that defeated Torpedo last time out and today he scored his first KHL goals. He opened his account late in the first period, tying the game at 2-2 during a spell of 4-on-4 action. The he got the game-winner with an unassisted effort in the 34th minute. Spooner wasn’t the only player to score his first KHL goal in this game: defenseman Nikita Kryskin made it 3-3 a couple of minutes earlier.
Vityaz slipped to its seventh loss in eight games, despite leading twice in this game on goals from Ville Lajunen and Alexander Semin. After such a bright start to the season, the Moscow Region team saw its form nosedive after a 3-0 victory over this opponent a month ago.