Kunlun Red Star 2 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk 1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)
The Dragons took third place in the President of Kazakhstan Cup after defeating Torpedo for the second time in the tournament. Goals from Ryan Sproul and Cory Kane secured the win for Red Star, with Josh Nicholls picking up two assists.
Late in the game, Valery Gurin’s hit on Parker Foo sparked a brawl that saw the penalty boxes fill up; new KRS head coach Ivano Zanatta was encouraged by the team spirit on display at the end of his first tournament behind the bench for the club. Foo, goalie Jeremy Smith and defenseman Jake Chelios were named as the team’s top players in the tournament.
Barys Nur-Sultan 7 Saryarka Karaganda 3 (3-2, 2-1, 2-0)
Barys avenged its group stage loss to Saryarka and secured the trophy with a convincing victory in Sunday’s final. The opposition, which won the Kazakh championship this season battled back after going 0-3 down in the first period, but ran out of steam after that.
Ill-discipline also took its toll: two Barys power plays late in the middle frame saw the KHL team restore its lead. Jakob Lilja and Darren Dietz were the scorers. In the third, the tournament host secured its win with further tallies from Yegor Petukhov and Roman Starchenko, the latter also scoring on the power play.
Yunost Minsk 2 Dinamo Minsk 4 (0-0, 0-1, 2-3)
Dinamo Minsk won the Salei Cup for the second year running. The cup, awarded to the winner of Belarus’s national knock-out hockey tournament, was renamed in honor of hockey legend Ruslan Salei. Dinamo traditionally joins in the final, taking on the local teams that battle through to this stage.
Usually, Yunost is one of those teams. Also based in Minsk, this club is typically among the leaders in Belarusian hockey. There is significant traffic between Yunost and Dinamo in many seasons and that mutual familiarity ensured a competitive final this season.
After a goalless first period, Dinamo got in front midway through the game on a goal from Denis Mosalyov. But it was by no means a one-sided affair. Twice, Yunost hit back to tie the game; Alexander Kogalev was the Bison’s second goal scorer.
It wasn’t until the final minutes that Dinamo sealed the deal. Roman Gorbunov got away from the opposition in the 59th minute to make it 3-2, then Taylor Beck put the game beyond reach with an empty-net tally.
Spartak Moscow 2 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 5 (1-2, 0-1, 1-2)
For the second game in a row, Torpedo came out on top against Spartak. This time, though, the margin of victory was more convincing, even though the Red-and-Whites went with a stronger roster.
The visitor opened a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Alexei Drobin and Sergei Goncharuk. Spartak found a quick response from Sergei Shirokov, but the Torpedo power play collected its second goal of the game when Ivan Fedotov extended the lead in the middle stanza.
Although Spartak reduced the arrears early in the third, Maxim Tsyplakov finding the net, the visitor extended its advantage with Marek Hrivik to the fore. The Slovak international had a goal and an assist, with another summer signing, Artur Tyanulin, also on target.