CSKA avenged its shock 1-5 loss at home to Amur, but Tuesday’s win over the Tigers was far from straightforward for the Army Men. The visitor twice fell behind in this game before escaping with a shoot-out verdict in the Far East.
After a 3-0 win over Dinamo Minsk ended Amur’s four-game skid, Mikhail Kravets made just one change to his team. Sergei Fedorov, meanwhile, welcomed Klas Dahlbeck into the team for the first time since Oct. 6 and also handed spots to youngsters Vladislav Kotkov and Takhir Mingachyov.
The visitor had the better of the play in the first period but fell behind when Alexander Sharov stripped Maxim Sorkin of the puck in center ice and raced clear to open the scoring. CSKA tied it up midway through the second period through Mikhail Grigorenko, but it wasn’t long before the home team was back in front thanks to Alexander Gorshkov.
Both those second-period markers came on the power play, and when the Army Men got a man advantage early in the third we saw the visiting PP deliver once again. Amur ran into serious penalty trouble, playing shorthanded on either side of the intermission than almost immediately losing another player. There was a spell of three-on-five for the home team to contend with before the pressure finally told and Vladislav Kamenev potted his second goal since swapping SKA for CSKA.
After that, the visitor took control of the game and moved in front for the first time in the 55th minute on an Artyom Blazhiyevsky goal. But, despite allowing just two shots at Adam Reideborn in 17 minutes of third-period play, the CSKA defense was unable to close out the win in regulation. Amur fashioned a 2-on-1 break and David Tomasek had the perfect set-up for Andrei Alexeyev to take the game into overtime.
The extras could not separate the teams and the outcome was decided by Sergei Plotnikov in the shoot-out.
Vladimir Alistrov is emerging as one of the brightest prospects in Belarusian hockey. The 20-year-old has established himself in the Dinamo Minsk team this season and today produced a game-winning display in Vladivostok. The youngster scored twice to lead his team to victory, and took his personal tally to six goals for the season.
Alistrov opened the scoring against Admiral, finishing off a classic counter-attack in the seventh minute. However, Dinamo was unable to build on that early lead and found itself behind at the intermission after goals from Artyom Manukyan and Dinar Khamidullin turned the game around for the home team. Josh Kestner picked up two assists for Admiral.
The fightback started midway through the second period when Vladislav Yeryomenko, another rising star, tied the scores. Then Alistrov struck again early in the third and that proved to be the winner. Dinamo still had work to do in the closing stages, at one point playing almost a minute with just three skaters, but the visitor held on to record the first win of its Far East tour after suffering losses in Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.
Sibir moved into the playoff places after a hard-fought victory over Barys. Today’s result makes it three wins in a row for the Siberians, lifting Andrei Martyemyanov’s team to 19 points and lifting it level with the Kazakhs.
The visitor came into this game with just three lines after Alikhan Asetov, Alexei Zubov and Matt Frattin tested positive for coronavirus hours before departing for Novosibirsk and had to miss out. Despite a short bench, though, Barys was competitive throughout the game and traded goals and penalties with Sibir all evening.
Sibir opened the scoring in the 14th minute on a Denis Golubev goal, but Dmitry Gurkov’s short-handed effort hauled the visitor level. Then the teams traded two goals in 40 seconds late in the opening frame: Nikolai Demidov restored the home lead but a penalty on Alexei Kruchinin helped Curtis Valk tie it up once again on 19:36.
Valk was on target for a second time early in the middle frame but Barys could not hold its lead. Home captain Yegor Milovzorov scored his first goal of the season, a power play effort in the 34th minute, to make it 3-3. It stayed that way for the rest of the game, and the shoot-out needed 16 attempts to separate the teams before Valentin Pyanov decided it in sudden death.
Severstal halted Salavat Yulaev’s winning start to the season in game eight — and Andrei Razin’s team repeated the trick in today’s return game in Ufa. This time, the Steelmen rallied from 0-2 down to claim the verdict, posting a sixth victory in seven games to consolidate a spot in the top eight.
The home team, meanwhile, threw away a great chance to extend its own four-game winning run and draw level with second-placed Traktor on 36 points.
After a goalless first period, Salavat Yulaev seemed to take control of the game with two goals in 63 seconds at the start of the middle frame. Alexander Kadeikin broke the deadlock, then a Finnish pairing saw Markus Granlund assist on Sakari Manninen’s effort to make it 2-0.
Severstal hit back towards the end of the second period on goals from Kirill Pilipenko and Daniil Vovchenko. And the decisive moment came in the 48th minute when Nikita Guslistov celebrated his call into Russia’s squad for the upcoming Karjala Cup with the goal that put his team in front for the first time. It wasn’t long before Juha Metsola was beaten once again, but the officials immediately ruled that one out. Late in the game, Ufa got the chance to launch a 6-on-4 surge at Konstantin Shostak’s net, but the visitor held on to maintain its hold over Salavat Yulaev this season.
The Motormen have struggled for consistency this season, alternating wins and losses in their last four games and finding it hard to build long successful streaks. Ak Bars, too, has been short of its customary fluency: like the home team, Dmitry Kvartalnov’s men alternating wins and losses over the previous four appearances.
Today, both teams managed to highlight their strengths and weaknesses in the space of a turbulent first period. Avtomobilist jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes with the top line in fine form. Alexei Makeyev opened the scoring just as Kirill Adamchuk was leaving the penalty box, then turned provider as Stephane Da Costa recorded a power play marker against his former club.
That goal spelled the end of Igor Bobkov’s evening and ushered in a spell of good play from the visitor. Some promising attacking combinations hinted at a route back into the game, but the first Ak Bars goal came following a goaltending error from Vladimir Galkin which helped Daniil Tarasov get his first goal for the club. That gave added conviction to Ak Bars’ play and Kirill Petrov’s backhander tied the game, albeit only after a long video review about how the net came to be off its moorings.
The middle frame was evenly matched. Ak Bars began strongly and might have moved ahead but for a couple of good saves from Galkin and a shortage of puck luck when Dmitry Kagarlitsky and Jordan Weal found themselves in dangerous positions. At the other end, Avto managed to gain the initiative but the best chance fell to Pavel Kulikov, who shot narrowly wide of the target.
Early in the third, a defensive slip saw Ak Bars take the lead for the first time. Alexander Shchemerov’s pass never reached Stepan Khripunov and Alexander Burmistrov stole in to score. Weal was then close to extending the lead before Avtomobilist began to take control of the game once again. A tying goal seemed to be in the offing until an untimely penalty on Ryan Spooner shattered the home momentum and helped Ak Bars close out the win.
The South Ural derby is always a red-letter day in this part of Russia, but today’s match-up had added spice as the teams were contesting top spot in the KHL standings. Metallurg had a two-point lead coming into the game, but Traktor had every hope of wiping out that advantage with a victory at its near neighbor.
The task was made tougher by an injury to leading scorer Tomas Hyka, who joined Swedish D-man Lawrence Pilut in the treatment room. That prompted the visitor to call up players from its farm club. Metallurg, too, had its problems. Anatoly Nikontsev and Artyom Minulin were unavailable today, but Denis Zernov returned after suspension to face his hometown team.
In the first period, Metallurg took the lead on the power play midway through the action. Brendan Leipsic was used as a fourth forward, and he lasered in a wrister that scorched its way past Roman Will. But Traktor hung around and tied the scores late in the frame when a long-range effort dropped behind Vasily Koshechkin and the veteran goalie could not glove the puck. Lukas Sedlak was credited with the goal.
Early in the second period, Josh Currie restored Magnitka’s lead with something a bit special. He darted into the gap between two defensemen and, after his initial shot was padded away by Will, had the presence of mind to get his stick on the rebound even as he skidded across the front of the net. Once again, though, Traktor recovered, with Vladimir Tkachyov finding the net in the 35th minute.
The third period saw fewer scoring chances as both teams looked to play to the game situation and cut out any unforced errors. Pavel Akolzin proved to be the game winner, getting the decider in the 57th minute and extending Metallurg’s lead at the top of the standings.
Sergei Shirokov’s third period hat-trick turned this game in Spartak’s favor after a battle in Moscow. Shirokov started his team’s fightback in the 45th minute, then scored twice late on to snap a 3-3 tie and lead the Red-and-Whites to victory.
Earlier, the home team made a flying start thanks to Jake Virtanen’s third-minute goal. However, Damir Zhafyarov pegged Spartak back, and Torpedo took the lead midway through the second period thanks to Ziyat Paigin.
When Theodor Lunnstrom made it 3-1 for the visitor at the start of the third — a power play goal that saw Zhafyarov collect his third point of the evening — it looked like Torpedo was on its way to victory and potentially closing on a top-eight spot.
But Shirokov had other ideas. The 35-year-old moved himself level with Jori Lehtera at the top of Spartak’s scoring charts with four points in the third period. He started by making it 2-3, then had an assist as Semyon Ruchkin tied the game. Two minutes after that, Shirokov scored his second of the night to give Spartak a 4-3 lead and, fittingly, he potted the empty net goal that sealed the deal for his team.
Long-serving Dynamo goalie Alexander Yeryomenko added another chapter to his legend at the Blue-and-Whites, securing his 400th career victory as a goalie. He started collecting ‘W’s before the KHL was formed, and helped the Muscovites to two Gagarin Cups along the way. Now, as the experienced understudy to Ivan Bocharov, he was recalled tonight after his partner suffered a rough time in the weekend loss at home to Vityaz.
As usual, Yeryomenko let nobody down. He finished the game with 30 saves,12 of them coming in a first period that the visitor dominated. Igor Nikitin’s team has been in great form of late and looked to take the game to Dynamo early on, only for the home goalie to say an emphatic ‘no’ to any effort on his goal.
In the middle frame, the host regrouped and took control of proceedings. The game remained goalless until the midway stage, then markers from Eric O’Dell, Stanislav Galiyev and Slava Voynov put Dynamo well on top. Vadim Shipachyov added two assists to his tally for the season.
Yeryomenko was denied a shut-out when Loko pulled a goal back at the start of the third. Denis Alexeyev put the only blot on the goalie’s evening in the 45th minute, giving the visitor hope of salvation. But there would be no way back. Dynamo limited the Railwaymen’s chances and Shipachyov found the empty net late on to seal the victory.
Neftekhimik’s special teams made the difference in this game, with a power play goal and a short-handed tally leading the visitor to victory. Red Star was left frustrated after seeing a goal ruled out by the video review for the third game running and slipped to a seventh successive loss.
Neftekhimik’s first goal was technically scored at equal strength — but even here, Dan Sexton found the net just as Timur Khafizov was leaving the box to end the visitor’s first PK of the evening. Parker Foo soon brought Red Star level, but a power play goal from Lukas Klok ensured Neftekhimik went into the intermission with the lead.
Foo thought he’d tied the scores with a power play effort early in the second, but a video review ruled that the puck did not cross the line. Home frustrations intensified when Khafizov responded with a short-handed goal, although Tyler Wong’s PP effort meant the Dragons were still in contention at the start of the third. Those hopes were ended midway through the session when Bulat Shafigullin made it 4-2 and Neftekhimik snapped its two-game losing run.
Sochi got its first win in five games as Vityaz failed to build on the boost of Sunday’s 5-2 win at Dynamo.
This game was less memorable than the 6-5 thriller the teams served up early in the season, but Sochi will have every cause for satisfaction after securing a deserved win on the road. The Leopards went in front late in the first period thanks to Ivan Mishchenko’s power play effort but hit a bump in the road at the start of the second when Vyacheslav Leshchenko tied the scores.