Elsewhere, Barys played its first game of the summer, but lost against Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kaspars Daugavins was the architect of Vityaz’ win over his former club, Spartak, and Dmitry Kagarlitsky made a goalscoring return to life at Dynamo.
Spartak Moscow 3 Vityaz Moscow Region 5 (1-3, 1-0, 1-2)
Kaspars Daugavins had a hat-trick of assists against his former club in a high-scoring pre-season game in Moscow. There were big contributions from Alexander Dergachyov (two goals, one assist) and Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov (two goals) as well, while new Spartak man Sergei Shirokov got his first goal for the club.
Vityaz made a flying start, with Grebenshchikov opening the scoring after 53 seconds. By 2:08, it was 2-0, Daugavins and Dergachyov combining to set up Alexander Semin on the power play. The Red-and-Whites got one back, but Dergachyov restored the two-goal advantage before the first intermission.
After the break, Spartak improved, outshooting Vityaz 15-9 despite taking a flurry of penalties. However, Vityaz also had discipline issues and Shirokov reduced the deficit when he converted a 5-on-3 power play.
Early in the third, Vityaz got on the power play once again it Dergachyov needed just eight seconds to make it count. Lukas Radil kept the game alive but Spartak could not complete the fightback and Grebenshchikov’s second of the evening sealed the win for Vityaz.
Dynamo Moscow 1 Amur Khabarovsk 0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0)
This was Amur’s 10th game of pre-season, far more than any other time, but the Tigers were unable to return to winning form against Dynamo. Instead, the Blue-and-Whites took the spoils in regulation thanks to a goal from Dmitry Kagarlitsky.
It was the forward’s first game of the summer, and his first since returning to Moscow from SKA. As expected, he was reunited with Vadim Shipachyov, another player seeing his first action of pre-season. However, the expected link-up with Dmitrij Jaskin will have to wait: the Czech sat this one out. Kagarlitsky’s goal came after 16 minutes, scoring on the power play. Dynamo might have had more, but Evgeny Alikin was in great form in the Amur net, saving a penalty shot from Oscar Lindberg among other achievements.
The home goaltending was also notable. After using his younger goalies in earlier games, Vladimir Krikunov brought back some familiar faces. Alexander Yeryomenko played the first 31 minutes of the game before handing over to Ivan Bocharov. Both finished unbeaten in regulation, but Amur found the net at last four seconds before the end of the agreed overtime period. By that stage, Shipachyov was already taking a shower: he received a game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Amur also won the post-game shoot-out.
Barys Nur-Sultan 1 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk 2 OT (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Barys played its first game of a disrupted pre-season against another Kazakh team, Torpedo. Ust-Kamenogorsk, Torpedo’s hometown, is one of the historic centers of hockey in the Central Asian republic and the club played in the top level of the Soviet Championship and currently competes in the VHL. In 2017, it was regular season champion at that level and reached the playoff final before losing to Dynamo Balashikha.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, Barys was only able to get its team together at the start of August. Yury Mikhailis named a more-or-less full-strength roster for this first game, with Henrik Karlsson starting in goal. There was an early goal to celebrate, as Yegor Petukhov put Barys ahead after five minutes. However, Torpedo tied the scores in the second stanza thanks to former Admiral forward Alexander Mereskin. And the VHL team claimed the win in overtime, thanks to a goal from Alexander Arkhipov.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (1-0, 1-1, 3-0)
Lokomotiv played its first game in Yaroslavl this summer, and immediately made itself at home with a comfortable win over Severstal. The Railwaymen were in a battle for two periods, but took the game away from the opposition in the third.
Anton Lander gave Loko a great start with a goal after four minutes. However, Severstal did not buckle and there was no further scoring in the opening frame. Vladimir Tkachyov doubled the home lead early in the second, only to see Denis Vikharev pull one back just after the half-hour mark.
However, the final outcome was established when Lokomotiv scored three in five minutes midway through the third. Alexei Marchenko, Yegor Korshkov and Pavel Kraskovsky were the scorers, Lander added an assist to his opening goal and Artur Kayumov finished the game with two helpers. Severstal’s young team ran out of steam in the final stages and Lokomotiv secured a convincing win.
Jokerit Helsinki 3 Assat Pori 4 OT (0-2, 3-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Jokerit’s second game of the summer ended in defeat to Assat after a roller-coaster of a clash at the Bauer Games. The Helsinki team produced a big fightback in the second period to change the course of this game, only to lose out in overtime.
Assat, which plays in the Liiga, soaked up a fair amount of pressure in the opening stanza — Jokerit outshot its opponent 10-5 — but turned around with a 2-0 lead. Right at the start of the second period, Assat made it 3-0. But then Jokerit responded.
First came Jordan Schroeder, claiming his first goal since joining from Torpedo and getting Jokerit on the scoreboard. Next, it was Swedish defenseman Jonathan Pudas, with an assist from Schroeder. Then, on 26:17, Niklas Jensen tied it up at 3-3.
However, Jokerit could not get the job done. Asssat stopped the rot and the game remained locked at 3-3 until the 60-minute mark. Then came overtime, and a Peter Tiivola goal made the difference.