After two blank games, Admiral rediscovered its goal touch to defeat Vityaz and climb back into the top eight in the East. For the visitor, meanwhile, a third game in the Far East after going to overtime in Khabarovsk and Beijing proved a step too far.
Admiral jumped to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of quick goals in the first period. Oleg Lomako opened the scoring with a power play effort in the 15th minute and Adam Almqvist doubled the margin a minute later. Vityaz was frustrated in the last minute of the frame when the video ruled that a dangerous moment had not produced a goal that might have changed the course of the game.
In the rest of the game, Vityaz was a dominant force. Home goalie Juho Olkinuora made 39 saves in total to preserve Admiral’s lead. Alexei Makeyev finally beat the Finn with 65 seconds left to play, but the Sailors sealed the win when Markus Ljungh scored into an empty net.
A week ago, Sibir’s Finnish imports thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Helsinki, leading the team to a 4-1 victory. Back in Siberia, though, Lauri Marjamaki’s team got revenge in a high-scoring game.
In the first period, Jokerit opened a 2-0 lead despite being limited to just five shots on target. Sami Lepisto’s slap shot broke the deadlock midway through the frame, then Ahti Oksanen took the puck off a defenseman on the boards and clinically converted his chance.
However, there was penalty trouble ahead for the visitor. Midway through the second period, Sibir got a 5-on-3 situation and took maximum advantage. Juuso Puustinen reduced the deficit, assisted by fellow Finns Jyrki Jokipakka and Mikael Ruohomaa – a combination to give Jokerit unhappy memories of last week’s game. Within a minute, and still on the power play, Sibir tied the scores through Alexander Sharov.
Henri Ikonen restored Jokerit’s lead late in the middle frame, but Sibir’s power play was in deadly form and it wasn’t long before Viktor Komarov tied the scores once again. After sharing six goals in the first two periods, the teams managed just one more in the third. Jesse Joensuu got it a minute from time, securing the win for Jokerit on Finnish Independence Day.
Dynamo ended a two-game losing streak with an impressive win at Lokomotiv. The Railwaymen, looking to close the gap on the leading clubs in the West, failed to capitalize on bright start to the game and once Dynamo got in front midway through the first period, there was no way back for the home team.
Initially, Loko looked to be on top of the game. The home team created the better chances early on and got a power play chance in the sixth minute. The Blue-and-Whites, meanwhile, dug in and got in front in the 10th minute when Andre Petersson’s feed was met by a powerful one-timer from Michal Cajkovsky. Late in the opening frame, Dynamo doubled the lead when Andrei Alexeyev redirected an Andrei Mironov point shot past Ilya Konovalov.
The goals kept coming. Early in the second period Juuso Hietanen made it 3-0, bringing former Dynamo man Alexander Lazushin to the Loko crease. He was beaten just once, late in the middle frame, when Maxim Afinogenov grabbed the fourth.
Lokomotiv, meanwhile, was unable to convert its chances. Ivan Bocharov made 25 saves, and the visitor did a fine job of shutting down the home offense in the third period.
Dinamo staged a rousing comeback to take this game to overtime after trailing 0-3 in the first period, but Severstal recovered to win in a shoot-out and make it three victories from four games.
The first period was all about the visitor. Dominant all over the ice, Severstal jumped to a deserved three-goal lead. A flurry of scoring saw all three goals arrive in barely two minutes. First, Igor Geraskin broke the deadlock, then Nikita Khlystov and Bogdan Yakimov extended the advantage.
The rest of the game was very different. In the second period, Dinamo outshot Severstal 17-4. In the third, it was 13-3. But the pressure did not yield immediate goals. Andrei Kostitsyn pulled one back in the second period, Ryan Spooner made it a one-goal game midway through the third, but there were just 38 seconds left when Teemu Pulkkinen grabbed a dramatic equalizer and sent the game to a shoot-out. Vladislav Podyapolsky won all five of his duels with the Minsk forwards and Alexander Petunin’s successful attempt was enough to win it for the visitor.
There was another dramatic turnaround in a game involving Torpedo – but this time David Nemirovsky’s team was hit by a late fightback from the opposition. Ak Bars bounced back from its midweek defeat at SKA to win thanks to two goals in the last three minutes.
Torpedo was up 3-2 thanks to Denis Barantsev’s strike early in the third period. As the clocked ticked down, it looked like the host was about to celebrate a win over the table-topping visitor. But Ak Bars had other ideas. First, Daniil Zhuravlyov, one of the hottest prospects on Russia’s World Junior roster, got the tying goal on 57:03. It was a timely moment for the 19-year-old defenseman to get his first KHL goal.
Things got worse for Torpedo. Chay Genoway took a tripping minor and the door was open for Ak Bars to steal the win. And that’s exactly how it happened, with Patrice Cormier snatching a last-minute winner.
Earlier in the game, Stanislav Bocharov gave the host a first-period lead, but Ak Bars replied through Vyacheslav Leshchenko and Artyom Galimov. That advantage lasted a matter of seconds before Kirill Urakov tied it up again late in the second and Barantsev gave Torpedo a lead that was almost enough to win it.