Dynamo recorded its second successive win after coming from behind to leaving Amur still waiting to taste victory this season. The home team shaded the first period and went to the intermission a goal to the good thanks to Alexander Gorshkov’s power play effort.
After that, though, it all went Dynamo’s way. The visitor peppered Marek Langhamer’s net in the middle frame, firing in 23 shots on goal. Midway through the session, those efforts began to find their mark: Andrei Mironov tied the scores, Ivan Igumnov put Dynamo ahead in the 35th minute and Vadim Shipachyov added a short-handed effort to take the game away from the host.
Amur pulled one back late in the session, Gorshkov assisting on Sergei Tereshchenko’s tally, but the damage was done. The third period was more evenly fought, but the only goal went to the visitor when Vladimr Bryukvin sealed the win with four to play.
After edging a nine-goal thriller on Saturday, Sibir was involved in another barn-burner to start the week. The home team collected its second win of the season despite trailing 1-3 with less than two minutes to play.
The first period produced few chances, but Sibir was clearly on top without converting that supremacy into goals. In the second session, the home team still had most of the play but Dinamo demonstrated that when it comes to chances, quality counts for more than quality. The visitor spent just 1:47 on the attack but used the time wisely to score three goals. Daniels Berzins, Zack Mitchell and Janis Jaks found the target while home goalie Alexei Krasikov was replaced in the 36th minute.
Sibir dominated the third period, but still found it hard to solve Ilya Proskuryakov. It wasn’t until Juuso Puustinen scored in the 50th minute that the home team got on the board. Even then, the game looked to be done as the final two minutes rolled around with Dinamo up by two. But Sibir’s Finns had other ideas. Mikael Ruohomaa set up Yegor Milovzorov to make it 2-3 with 91 seconds left, then combined with Jyrki Jokipakka to create a second of the game for Puustinen 58 seconds from the end. And, deep into overtime, the same trio combined once more: Puustinen got his hat-trick goal, Ruohomaa finished with four assists and Sibir completed a remarkable comeback.
CSKA also produced a late rally to save itself from defeat. The Army Men trailed at Barys until the closing stages, but took the game to a shoot-out before claiming the win.
A cautious first period saw just nine shots on goal between the two teams, although in the final second there was drama when Maxim Sorkin got the puck in the Barys net, only for the video review to rule that it crossed the line after the hooter had sounded.
The second stanza saw more attacking intent from both teams, but Barys got the only goal when Nikita Mikhailis converted his team’s first power play of the game. That was in the 33rd minute and it was starting to look like the only goal of the game when CSKA finally tied the scores. Alexander Popov squeezed a shot home on the short side with two-and-a-half minutes on the clock. That took us to overtime, which proceeded without a break in play, and then to a shoot-out. CSKA got the verdict thanks to successful attempts from Andrei Loktionov and Konstantin Okulov.