Andy Potts Andy Potts
exclusive for khl.ru
Monday’s card featured just two games, but both generated plenty of drama. First, in Khabarovsk, Amur and Avangard battled one another all the way to a shoot-out before the visitor edged the verdict. Then, in Beijing, a key battle in the race for the playoffs saw Kunlun Red Star jump to a 3-0 lead at home to Sibir only to lose out to a big fightback from the visitor.

Avangard beats Amur again

Amur Khabarovsk 1 Avangard Omsk 2 SO (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Avangard posted its fourth victory of the season over Amur – but once again the teams produced a close game. The Hawks’ victory maintains their position at the top of the Chernyshev Division; a point for the Tigers was enough to lift the home team above Traktor at the foot of the Eastern Conference.

Photo: 13.01.20. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Amur (Khabarovsk) - Avangard (Omsk)

Both teams started with plenty of offensive intent, but goalies Evgeny Alikin and Igor Bobkov were on top of their games and kept the scoresheet blank in the first period. The opening goal arrived early in the second: Igor Rudenkov fired home for Amur after Denis Golubev won the draw in the Avangard zone.

The visitor tied it up midway through the third period when Valentin Pyanov scored against his former club. That was the end of the scoring and the game went to a shoot-out. Once again, Pyanov denied Amur the win; the host led 2-0 at one stage, but Avangard’s goalscorer tied it with the final attempt of the series. In sudden death, the visitor prevailed thanks to Sergei Shumakov’s effort.

Sibir battles back from 0-3, defeats playoff rival

Kunlun Red Star 3 Sibir Novosibirsk 4 (2-0, 1-2, 0-2)

Sibir battled back from 0-3 to claim a dramatic victory at Red Star. Winning the first of two back-to-back games in Beijing gives the Siberians a big boost in their push for a playoff spot, lifting the team to fifth and opening a four-point gap over Admiral in ninth place.

But the visitor had to dig deep to salvage this game after the early stages belonged to the Dragons. Two goals in two minutes midway through the first period sawLuke Lockhart and Brandon Yip put the home team in control and marked the end of Harri Sateri’s evening in the visitor’s net. He was replaced by Alexei Krasikov, who allowed a third goal midway through the second