Avangard extended its lead over Barys at the top of the Chernyshev Division thanks to a convincing win in Kazakhstan.
The visitor made a strong start to the game and took the lead after just 70 seconds thanks to Pavel Dedunov. After that, the play settled down somewhat with both teams struggling to create chances in an even battle for the rest of the first period.
The second period produced more chances but no more goals, but the third session saw Avangard take control of both the balance of play and, eventually, the scoreboard. The visitor ensured that Eddie Pasquale was the busier of the two goalies and got its reward when Slava Voynov made it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Rob Klinkhammer sealed the verdict with an empty net goal. Both teams displayed impressive discipline throughout the game, with no penalties called in the 60 minutes.
Severstal gained immediate revenge for yesterday’s loss to Jokerit as the KHL World Games continued in Tallinn. The Tondiraba Ice Hall in the Estonian capital staged the second of these back-to-back games with Jokerit guesting just across the water from its usual home this weekend.
However, the Finns’ adopted home was less happy on Saturday; Severstal bounced back from its 1-4 loss yesterday to end Jokerit’s impressive run of recent form. Lauri Marjamaki’s team had won its last five, and had taken at least one point from each of its previous 14 games but was decisively defeated here.
Yury Trubachyov put the Steelmen in front early in the game, but Petri Kontiola tied the scores soon afterwards. Niklas Jensen’s assist on that one took his productive streak to 10 games, with nine goals and seven helpers in that run.
The second stanza began with another quick trade of goals: Bogdan Yakimov restored Severstal’s lead, finding the net for the third game straight, but Peter Regin replied just 22 seconds later. However, the visitor took control as the middle session progressed. Dmitry Markovin made it 3-2 in the 26th minute and Yegor Morozov added a fourth just before the second intermission, converting a 5-on-3 power play.
Jokerit responded by replacing Antti Niemi with Janis Kalnins. At the other end, Marko Anttila inspired the best of the Finns’ attacks but could not find a way past Vladislav Podyapolsky; his closest effort dinged the piping, but by then Yegor Yakovlev had already added a fifth and final goal for Severstal.
Neftekhimik got a much-needed victory as it tries to keep its playoff hopes alive in the Eastern Conference, outlasting Torpedo to collect only its second success in five games.
The opening frame was light on goalmouth incidents as the two teams made a cautious start to the game. But the second stanza made up for that as the teams traded five goals. It began with a swift exchange of goals; Vitaly Atyushov gave Neftekhimik the lead but it took just two minutes for Viktor Shakhvorostov to tie it up.
Parity lasted just 25 seconds before Pavel Poryadin put the home team back in front and this time the lead would endure. Marat Khairullin’s power play goal extended the advantage, although a Jordan Schroeder effort late in the middle frame ensured the game was very much alive going into the third period.
The third period was closer in spirit to the first, albeit with Neftekhimik now looking the livelier of the teams. However, when Matt White missed a penalty shot in the 59th minute it seemed that there would be no further scoring. But once Torpedo withdrew Anders Lindbak from the net, Pavel Padakin applied the finishing touch.