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Torpedo is enjoying its trip to the Far East – a 5-0 win at Admiral made it 12 goals in two games for David Nemirovsky’s team. Amur, meanwhile, inflicted a 10th successive loss on Dinamo Minsk after scoring four goals in the last 12 minutes to stun the Belarusians. Avtomobilist won 4-1 at Red Star and Traktor also triumphed on the road, beating Severstal 4-2.

Another big win for Torpedo

Admiral Vladivostok 0 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 5 (0-2, 0-1, 0-2)

After a 7-2 victory in Beijing, Torpedo kept up its free-scoring form with another five-goal verdict, this time at Admiral.

The visitor wasted little time in getting in front, with Anton Shenfeld opening the scoring after 34 seconds. Subsequently, Admiral enjoyed more of the play, limiting the visitor to just four shots in the opening frame. However, Ty Rattie converted one of those chances to make it 2-0.

Midway through the second period, Mikhail Smolin increased that lead. The 22-year-old potted his first goal of the season, but only after a long pause to determine that there was no interference on the home goalie.

Smolin got his second of the game early in the third, chasing Anton Krasotkin from the Admiral net. The assist came from Donat Stalnov, his first point of the season and only the second of his KHL career. Shortly prior to that, Artyom Alyayev also found the net as Torpedo made it 12 goals in two games in the Far East.

Amur’s fightback thwarts Minsk

Amur Khabarovsk 4 Dinamo Minsk 3 (0-1, 0-2, 4-0)

A four-goal third period turned this game around as Amur bounced back to win and Dinamo slumped to yet another loss.

Photo: 23.12.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Amur (Khabarovsk) - Dinamo (Minsk)

Indeed, the home team needed just 12 minutes to turn the game around and inflict a 10th successive defeat on the visitor. Hynek Zohorna started the comeback; the Czech scored twice on separate power plays to haul Amur back into the game. Then a ‘too many men’ call on Dinamo got the Amur PP back on the ice. This time Zohorna claimed an assist as Maxim Ignatovich tied the scores in the 56th minute.

The momentum had decisively shifted and Dinamo was holding on in a game it believed it had won. Vladislav Ushenin applied the coup de grace with 70 seconds left to play and Amur celebrated a great come-from-behind win.

Earlier, though, it was all so different. Dinamo seized the initiative from the off and dominated the first two periods. That advantage was converted into goals: Francis Pare in the first period, Ivan Drozdov and Marc-Andre Gragnani within a couple of minutes in the second. But in the third, Amur turned the tables completely, outshooting Dinamo 35-6 and retrieving the game.

Avto tames the Dragons

Kunlun Red Star 1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4 (0-2, 1-1, 0-1)

Avtomobilist enjoyed a comfortable victory in Beijing, with Artyom Gareyev continuing his hot streak against this opponent. Gareyev potted the second goal in this game, and his eighth on Red Star.

It also proved to be the game winner. The visitor jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to a Dan Sexton breakaway and Gareyev’s latest breach of the Great Wall of China. The Dragons responded early in the second when Gunars Skvorcovs deflected Cory Kane shot into the net for his first goal in Kunlun colors.

There would be no fightback, though. Brooks Macek made it 3-1 late in the middle frame and Geoff Platt wrapped it up midway through the third. Red Star suffered a second successive heavy loss at home and slips to seventh in the East.

No let up for struggling Severstal

Severstal Cherepovets 2 Traktor Chelyabinsk 4 (0-1, 1-1, 1-2)

Traktor recorded its second successive victory, stifling a Severstal fightback to send the Steelmen to a fifth straight loss.

The visitor went in front thanks to a Ruslan Karlin power play goal in the first period and that was all that separated the teams at the first intermission. Shortly after the restart, Yegor Fateyev doubled the lead but penalty troubled slowed Traktor’s progress. Kirill Kapustin pulled a goal back on a delayed penalty in the middle frame then tied the scores on the power play early in the third.

Having built one winning position, though, Traktor was ready to do it again. Sergei Tereshchenko quickly restored the lead and Nikita Komarov sealed the verdict with an empty-net tally assisted by goalie Ivan Fedotov.

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