Dinamo’s fast start led the Bison to victory over Sibir, with Shane Prince scoring twice to stretch the winning streak to three games. The result lifts the Belarusians up to the third in the West — a huge contrast with last season’s struggles at the foot of the table.
This season, Craig Woodcroft’s team has focussed on an attacking team, and it got a big reward inside 63 seconds here, jumping into a two-goal lead. The opener came from the first meaningful attack of the night, with Brandon Kozun getting to the back door in time to meet Ryan Spooner’s pass. In the second minute, it was 2-0, Prince potting his first of the night when he stole the puck in the offensive zone and beat Harri Sateri at the second attempt.
That meant an immediate end to Sateri’s evening, benched after 1:03 in favor of Alexei Krasikov. That calmed the visiting defense, and the first session ended with a 2-0 scoreline. In the second, Sibir struck back when Yaroslav Khabarov reduced the deficit during a passage of 4-on-4 action. However, Prince converted a penalty shot 30 seconds later to restore Dinamo’s two-goal advantage.
In the third, Sibir got a goal back from Oleg Li but Brennan Menell extended his productive streak to make it 4-2. The American defenseman began the campaign with a hat-trick of assists in his KHL debut and continued to contribute one helper per game from then on. Today was his first goal in the league — but it heralded a frantic finale. Juuso Puustinen kept the game alive with his fourth goal of the season, making it 3-4 with five minutes left. In the closing stages, an empty net effort from Rob Klinkhammer got Minsk over the line, but only just. Stepan Sannikov still had time to keep nerves jangling with a goal 24 seconds from the end, his first marker since returning to Sibir in the summer.