Nizhny Novgorod (18:00)
For the second time in 24 hours, Red Star defeated Amur by a 4-2 scoreline. The loss is Amur’s ninth in succession, leaving the Khabarovsk team rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference. For the Dragons, meanwhile, a third straight victory gives Curt Fraser’s team some breathing space in sixth place. Kunlun is eight points clear of ninth-placed Admiral in the race for a playoff spot but, after playing 53 games, has significantly fewer left than any other team in the East.
Wednesday’s meeting saw Amur jump to a 2-0 lead on the strength of two power play goals. Dmitry Korobov opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Alexander Gorshkov extended the lead early in the second period. However, Red Star responded to tie the game before the second intermission. Luke Lockhart got his 10th of the season and Gilbert Brule followed up yesterday’s goal with another power play effort to make it 2-2.
The home team pushed for the win in the third period but needed some patience to get the breakthrough. Finally, Adam Cracknell gave the Dragons the lead for the first time with five minutes left. That was Cracknell’s ninth of the season and number 10 came soon afterwards when he found the empty net to seal the home win.