Amur secured its first win of the season, getting off the mark at the seventh attempt. Home goalie Evgeny Alikin made 39 saves to deny Dinamo Riga as the Latvians continue to struggle for points in the Western Conference.
With two teams in poor form, there was a lot of tension on the ice and it wasn’t long before the penalties started to pile up. Andrew O’Brien was the first in the sin bin, with the Dinamo man getting 2+10 for a high hit in the second minute. However, the opening goal came at equal strength midway through the first period. Sergei Tereshchenko’s shot from the blue line was too good for Ilya Proskuryakov, and Amur was in front.
That lead increased late in the middle frame. Amur needed just 19 seconds to convert a power play in the last minute of the session, with Nail Yakupov getting his first point for the club, an assist on Valentin Pyanov’s goal.
The third period was dominated by Alikin’s heroics as Dinamo tried to find a way back into the game. Morgan Ellis pulled a goal back to make the last five minutes tight, but the home team held on to take the verdict.
Dmitrij Jaskin was the hat-trick hero as Dynamo stretched its winning streak to three games. Sibir battled back from 0-2 down but the Czech international struck twice in the final frame to send the points to Moscow.
Both teams were looking to continue an upswing in form. The opponents came into the game on the back of two wins each, having struggled early in the season. For Dynamo, there were also encouraging signs that a top line of Jaskin, Shipachyov and Tarasov was proving fruitful. Midway through the opening frame, that combination struck, with Vadim Shipachyov setting up Daniil Tarasov for the opener. Then, for the second game running, the Blue-and-Whites scored a short-handed goal, with Shipachyov sending Jaskin through on Harry Sateri’s net.
But Jaskin, one of the KHL’s top scorers last season, made all the difference. His power play goal midway through the stanza restored Dynamo’s lead and, with Sibir desperately trying to find an equalizer, the Czech scored into the empty net to complete his hat-trick and seal Dynamo’s win.