Semyon Koshelev scored in regulation and followed that up with a shoot-out winner as Avangard edged past Chernyshev Division rival Kunlun.
The Dragons welcomed back fit-again captain Brandon Yip after injury and made a bright start to the game. After creating some presentable chances in the first 10 minutes, the home team went ahead thanks to a short-handed goal from Adam Cracknell. But Avangard hit back to score twice in the closing stages of the frame. Yegor Martynov tied the game before Koshelev put his team up just before the intermission.
Early in the second period Yip released Andrew Miller for Red Star’s second goal, but subsequently the two goalies were on top. Simon Hrubec did well to deny Ville Pokka a potential winner for Avangard and the action went to the shoot-out. Again, the forwards struggled. Koshelev was the only player to convert his attempt and that was enough to secure the verdict.
After blowing a 2-0 lead in this game, Traktor scored twice in the last 90 seconds to secure victory over Salavat Yulaev.
The first period was dominated by the home team. Andrew Calof’s superb assist set up Lukas Sedlak for the opening goal and Vitaly Kravtsov added a second just before the intermission. That was Kravtsov’s second goal since returning from New York. However, Salavat Yulaev raised its game in the second period and reduced the deficit through a Dmitry Kugryshev goal.
Midway through the third, the prolific Nikita Soshnikov tied the game and Vladimir Yurzinov’s hopes of securing his second win behind the bench at Traktor were starting to fray. But there was a late twist in the tale, with a Nick Bailen power play goal restoring the host’s lead before Yaroslav Kosov sealed it with an empty-net strike.
Metallurg slipped to a fifth successive loss while CSKA improved to three wins from four. These two powerhouses are having contrasting seasons, with Magnitka very much embroiled in a battle to even reach the playoffs, while the Army Men look to have put their recent blip behind them and found a way back to winning form.
The opening goal, which came in the fifth minute, followed a familiar path for CSKA. Linden Vey broke down the wing and fed Kirill Kaprizov for a power play goal straight out of the champion’s playbook. And it highlighted the importance of special teams in this meeting, with the visitor enjoying a strong showing on power play and penalty kill alike. Three times in the first period, Metallurg enjoyed a man advantage – but the only goal went into Vasily Koshechkin’s net when Mikhail Grigorenko intercepted a wayward pass from Andrej Nestrasil and took it to the races.
CSKA added a third midway through the game when Pavel Karnaukhov found plenty of space in front of the net to put away the rebound from an Alexander Popov shot. Metallurg finally got its power play to work late in the game when Nikolai Kulemin found the net, but it was too late to change the outcome.
Linus Videll potted his second overtime winner of the week as Barys followed up Tuesday’s success at Metallurg with an identical scoreline in Yekaterinburg.
The Swede, who won the game in Magnitogorsk, repeated that feat with a goal after three minutes of the extras. It was a reward for the way Barys took control of the overtime period, dominating much of the play until Videll secured the victory.
That urgency was largely absent from the opening exchanges, however. Although Avtomobilist had a slight statistical advantage early on, neither team was keen to push the tempo. The opening goal came as something of a surprise, with Arkady Shestakov finding himself in the right place to stuff home the puck after a Valery Orekhov shot bounced back off the boards.
That injected some energy into the game, with Avtomobilist determined to find a way back into it. However, Barys was the next team to find the net when Shestakov converted a power play chance only for the officials to whistle it off for goalie interference. The home team finally tied it up midway through the third period thanks to Yefim Gurkin, but Barys would not be denied and took the points in overtime.
A first shut-out of the season for Severstal brought some relief to the Western Conference struggler. Vladislav Podyapolsky’s goaltending secured a victory that moved the Steelmen off the foot of the table. It was only a second win in 15 games for Andrei Razin’s team.
Despite Admiral’s impressive recent form, which lifted the Sailors to fourth in the East, the visitor has a long-standing record of struggles in Cherepovets. And that seemed to play on the team’s mind as it struggled to generate much offense. In total, the visitor mustered just 20 shots on goal, and only three in the third period as Severstal efficiently closed out the game.
The only goal came late in the middle frame. Igor Geraskin, one of the brighter prospects at Severstal, scored on the power play, albeit after a series of deflections deceived Juho Olkinuora. And that was enough to win the game.