Avangard overcame a slow start to deliver a comfortable victory in Vladivostok, while Admiral missed the chance to move into the playoff places in the Eastern Conference.
The home team knew that victory in regulation would see it leapfrog eight-placed Kunlun and made a bright start. Alexei Drobin opened the scoring in the seventh minute, the teenager claiming his second career goal in the KHL.
However, Avangard created more opportunities in the opening frame and duly tied the scores at the start of the second through Valentin Pyanov. Alexei Potapov put the visitor in front but Admiral levelled at the midway stage when Martin Bakos converted a penalty shot awarded after Yegor Martynov was called for hooking.
After that, Avangard responded by pulling away. A power play goal from Sergei Shirokov restored the Hawks’ advantage before the second intermission. Then further goals from Denis Zernov and Brandon McMillan sealed the win in the third period.