Sibir goalie Harri Sateri got his 100th KHL win — and did it against his former club, Vityaz. The Finn allowed an early goal in this game, but went on to backstop his team to a comeback victory.
Early in the game, though, Vityaz forward Daniel Audette set a new record for the Moscow Region team. His assist on Mikhail Smolin’s first-minute opener extended his productive streak to 11 games. That beats the 10-game streak enjoyed by Gleb Klimenko in the first KHL season. Audette has 15 points from his 11 games; Smolin, a new face in the top six this season, scored his third goal of the campaign.
It was a familiar situation for Sibir, which has allowed a first-minute goal in its last three home games. This time, there was recovery — but not straight away. The host was unable to find the net in the first two periods, but tied the game midway through the third. Nick Shore won an attacking face-off and immediately set up Trevor Murphy on the blue line; the Canadian defenseman unleashed his slapshot to good effect for the second game running. Then came a power play goal from Alexander Sharov to win it for Andrei Martemyanov’s team as Sateri achieved his landmark.
The current home stand for Barys brings a successive of KHL leaders to Kazakhstan — and so far, Yury Mikhailis’ team is standing up to the challenge. After defeating defending champion Avangard 1-0, today saw another shut-out success, this time against SKA.
The visitor, too, was in good form, with two blanks in its previous three games and with confidence high in both camps, the opening exchanges were fast paced. However, there were few clear scoring chances until the first penalties of the game put SKA in difficulty. Although the Barys power play has been rather modest thus far, converting just 17.2% of its chances, today brought two goals in the PP in the space of the couple of minutes. Matt Frattin and Nikita Mikhailis found the net, and the home team had a solid lead.
In the second period, SKA adopted a shoot-on-sight policy in a bid to get back into the game. There was also rather more game time for Joonas Kemppainen’s line as the visitor looked for a way through. However, the changes did not pay off and Olle Alsing’s first KHL goal sealed a 3-0 victory for the home team.