Dinamo headed to Siberia without head coach Craig Woodcroft, who remains in Belarus recovering from illness. But his players gave him a perfect tonic with a blistering display to thrash Sibir — and set a new scoring record.
In an extraordinary start to the action, Minsk rattled in five goals inside the first 11 minutes of the game — including a blast of three in 45 seconds. That’s the fastest any team has hit five in a KHL game. A beleaguered Sibir team managed to slow the scoring after that — Brandon Kozun’s second-period tally was the only addition — but it was unable to make any impression on the scoreboard.
The home team got off to a bad start. Jyrki Jokipakka took a penalty in the second minute and Ryan Spooner duly opened the scoring on the power play. In the eighth minute, Ilya Solovyov doubled the lead. The young defenseman got his first KHL goal, and chased Harri Sateri from the net.
That brought Alexei Krasikov to the crease — but Sibir’s understudy might have preferred to remain on the bench. The 11th minute of the game saw Krasikov beaten three times as Yegor Sharangovich, Alexei Protas and Ilya Usov all found the net. As Dinamo celebrated a new KHL record, Sateri returned to the action in place of Krasikov. Oddly, both goalies were replaced after allowing a goal from a youngster who had not previously scored in this league. Usov, like Solovyov, was called up from Minskiye Zubri when illness began to affect the Belarusian club.
Despite the lop-sided scoreline, Sibir actually outshot Minsk 15-9 in that first period. However, Dinamo was in clinical mood while Dominik Furch was on his way to a first shut-out for the club. The Czech goalie had not dressed for a game since Oct. 11 and last got on the ice in the 1-2 loss at home to Sochi on Oct. 7. This was quite a way to return to action.
Kozun’s power play goal late in the second period wrapped up the scoring. The third period was all about whether Sibir could salvage some consolation. Although the home team gave it a good go, testing Furch with a further 12 shots, there was no goal forthcoming. Dinamo skated to its biggest win in the KHL, Sibir squandered a chance to climb to seventh in the Eastern Conference.