Barys returned to the playoff places in the East after making it three wins in a row with an assured performance at Severstal. The Kazakhs built on this week’s home win against Dinamo Riga with another success in a rescheduled game. The original fixture in Cherepovets was due to be played on Sep. 20 but had to be rearranged when Barys was obliged to go into quarantine.
Barys handed a debut to Phil Varone, a Canadian forward who joined the team after playing last season in the AHL. In five seasons on the bubble in the NHL, he made 97 appearances and had 17 (8+9) points playing for Buffalo, Ottawa and Philadelphia. He was joined by fellow newcomer Dillon Heatherington, once of Dallas Stars, who also moved to Barys this week.
The two new faces needed little time to make an impact. Heatherington collected an assist in the eighth minute when Darren Dietz opened the scoring, then two minutes later Varone did likewise on a Linus Videll goal. Barys had an early stranglehold on the game and Severstal struggled to make much impression in the opening session.
In the second period, though, Barys ran into penalty trouble. The visitor just about killed a 3-on-5 situation, only to see Dietz penalized just before returning to full strength. That extended power play enabled Vladislav Provolnev to make it 1-2 and give the host hope of salvaging the game.
The third period saw Severstal dominate the play, outshooting Barys 12-4. But the visitor got the only goal of the frame when Dietz scored on the power play for his second of the night. That took the game decisively away from the home team and moved Barys to seventh place in the east.