Nikita Chibrikov. Remember the name. His goal, opening the scoring in today’s game in Khabarovsk, made him the youngest player to score for SKA in the KHL, and the first player born in 2003 to achieve that feat. Chibrikov is just 17 years, 229 days old and this was his fourth appearance in the competition. The youngster collected a loose puck as SKA launched a breakaway and, with the help of a slight deflection, shot past Marek Langhamer.
By comparison with Chibrikov, 23-year-old Ivan Volodin is something of an elder statesman on the current SKA roster. He, too, got his first goal in the KHL, making it 2-0 late in the opening frame and adding to his assist on the Chibrikov’s tally. Volodin now has 3 (1+2) points from three games for SKA.
The visitor had a great chance to extend its lead early in the second when it enjoyed a 5-on-3 power play. That did not accrue as Amur dug in on defense, but it wasn’t long before Vladimir Tkachyov added a third and ended Marek Langhamer’s evening. Amur got a consolation goal in the final session through Tomas Zohorna, but SKA goalie Mikhail Berdinstopped 36 pucks to help clinch the win.
There’s not much wrong with Sibir’s offense right now. Today’s win over Torpedo makes it 24 goals in six games for the Siberians, an average of exactly four per game.
And exactly four is the tally from Friday’s encounter. First, Nikita Shashkov extended his scoring streak to three games, opening the scoring midway through the first period. Torpedo hit back thanks to Anton Shenfeld, who extended his run to four goals in four games, but it wasn’t long before Evgeny Chesalin had the home team back in front.
This time, the lead would last. In the middle frame, Danil Romantsev and Yaroslav Khabarov took the game away from Torpedo. The visitor’s winning streak was halted after two games, despite a power play goal from Chris Wideman to reduce the deficit in the third.
Avtomobilist built on Wednesday’s win over Salavat Yulaev by defeating another one of the big hitters in the Eastern Conference. A narrow verdict over Metallurg lifted Bill Peters’ team to second place in the East.
The Motormen came from behind in this game. Metallurg opened the scoring in the seventh minute through Semyon Koshelev, getting his second of the season after opening his account in the win at Lokomotiv last time out. However, Avtomobilist tied the game through Alexei Vasilevsky at the end of an impressive shift from the visitor.
Early in the second, Peter Holland gave his team the lead moments after seeing a good chance go begging. The play continued after his first attempt and a Chay Genoway shot bounced kindly for the Canadian forward to beat Vasily Koshechkin. Magnitka responded on the power play, with fit again Nikolai Prokhorkin firing just over the crossbar before Juho Lammikko got the puck in the net.
The winning goal came in the 35th minute. A misplaced pass in Metallurg’s zone was intercepted by 18-year-old Ilya Ovchinnikov. The youngster immediately fed Vyacheslav Litovchenko, who won his duel with the goalie to make it 3-2.
Metallurg tried to force the pace in the third period, outshooting Avto 12-4. Jakub Kovar, though, was in good form and repelled everything that came his way. The final stanza finished goalless, giving the visitor two hard-won points.