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Saturday brought just two games – and there were contrasting outcomes. In Sochi, visitor CSKA powered to a 7-1 victory in a free-scoring performance. In Riga, meanwhile, Dinamo was limited to a solitary goal as Janis Voris got his first KHL shut-out to defeat Barys.

Big crowd for Sochi, big win for CSKA

HC Sochi 1 CSKA Moscow 7 (0-1, 1-2, 0-4)

Sochi enjoyed a record attendance for the visit of CSKA but suffered a heavy loss against the defending champion.

Photo: 04.01.20. KHL Championship 2019-2020. HC Sochi (Sochi) - CSKA (Moscow)

There was little evidence of the rout to come in the first period, when the 11,786 fans in the arena saw a cautious opening from both teams. There were just 14 attempts on goal between the two, but the last of them, from Jiri Sekac, opened the scoring for the visitor 13 seconds before the intermission.

That came on the power play; Sochi’s response at the start of the second period was a short-handed strike. The double minor for Dmitry Lugin continued after Sekac’s opener but Sergei Shmelyov got his team back on terms at the start of the middle frame.

After that, though, it was all about CSKA. Kirill Vorobyov was ejected from the game at the midway stage after a boarding incident. The Army Men took advantage, with two goals on that major tariff. Konstantin Okulov and Sergei Tolchinsky did the damage and the game was as good as over.

In the third period the Army Men extended their lead almost at will. Kirill Kaprizov scored twice, Tolchinsky got his second of the game and Linden Vey was also on target to complete a convincing victory for the league leader.

Voris backstops Dinamo’s success

Dinamo Riga 1 Barys Nur-Sultan 0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0)

Dinamo dropped to the foot of the table yesterday following Dinamo Minsk’s win at Vityaz but wasted no time in moving back up the table with victory at home to Barys.

Photo: 04.01.20. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Dinamo (Riga) - Barys (Nur-Sultan)

Goalie Janis Voris was the key player, getting his first KHL shut-out after making 25 saves. The 19-year-old had two previous games in the league, but this was the first time he completed the full 60 minutes and the first time he finished with the ‘W’.

The Latvians got in front in the first period, with Kirill Slepets breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute. That was a just reward for the home team’s enterprise in the opening stages but the middle frame saw Barys hit back to dominate the game. The visitor outshot Dinamo 12-4 and spent almost seven minutes on the attack without finding a way past Voris.

In the final frame, the host was again under pressure. Voris saw his defense bock 13 shots as Barys continued to push, while Riga applied a shoot-on-sight policy to keep Eddie Pasquale honest at the other end. It was just enough to secure the verdict and move Dinamo off the foot of the table.

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