3 G, 97.5%, 0.68 GAA, 1 SO
Last week, the Finnish netminder was in top form for Sibir, helping the Novosibirsk side reach the remarkable feat of six wins in its latest seven games, including victories over CSKA and Ak Bars.
However, the week didn’t start too well for Sibir. On Monday, the team faced Jokerit after a home win against the Red Army, but wasn’t able to stop the Jokers, who came away with a 2:0 win, with Sateri stopping 23 shots and allowing only one goal, with a final tally by David Sklenicka on the empty net. Three days later, however, Sibir returned to victory defeating Ak Bars in Kazan. Sateri was the hero of the night, stopping all 36 shots and reaching the 20-shutout milestone. The Finn netminder had another 22 saves on Saturday as Sibir defeated Kunlun Red Star with a 1:3 score. After yesterday’s away win over Spartak, with Sateri deservedly resting, Sibir climbed up the rankings and reached seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
F, Ak Bars
3 G, 5 (4+1) points, +2
The Canadian forward was incredible in Ak Bars’ 5:4 win over Avtomobilist on Saturday. As the teams clashed for the second time this season, Weal netted his first poker of goals — including the game-winner with only twenty seconds to the final hooter. With the teams tied at four, the forward got the puck from Steven Kampfer in the offensive zone. From the left flank, Weal broke in front of the net after moving the puck past Jesse Blacker, then exploded a wrister that went in top-shelf just above Vladimir Galkin’s glove. Moreover, Weal assisted on Daniil Tarasov’s game-winner in Monday Kazan’s 2:1 win over Avangard. Ak Bars is currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, trailing Salavat Yulaev by only two points.
3 G, 6 (0+6) points, +1
The Czech defenseman, at his first KHL season, has now amassed an impressive 23 (5+18) points in 25 games. After winning the Finnish title with Lukko last year, Klok has silently climbed up the rankings and is currently on a six-game scoring streak, with 10 (2+8) points over that span.
Klok, 25, started the week posting a couple of helpers in Neftekhimik’s losing effort against Kunlun Red Star on Monday (3:5). However, two days later, Klok had two assists again as the Wolves downed the Hawks in OT (2:1). On Friday, the Czech had another two-assist performance when Neftekhimik defeated Admiral on home soil with a 5:3 score. The Tatarstan franchise is now above the playoff line, being the East’s eighth seed. Klok’s points will be crucial for Neftekhimik to gain access to the postseason for the second time in a row.
3 G, 6 (3+3) points, even
Like Klok, Lennstrom is having a tremendous debut KHL season, with 23 (9+14) points in 27 games played so far. The Swedish blueliner started the week potting his first KHL double in Torpedo’s 3:2 win over Lokomotiv. Lennstrom kept on scoring also in the following couple of games. When Torpedo shut out Dinamo Minsk on Thursday, Lennstrom assisted on Damir Zhafyarov’s tally in the middle of the second frame. However, the best was yet to come for the Stockholm native. On Sunday, Torpedo defeated HC Sochi for its third win in a row (5:1), and Lennstrom had a three-point performance, talling the 4:1 goal in the third period and posting a couple of helpers in the Nizhny Novgorod side’s winning effort. Torpedo is currently the ninth seed in the West — Lennstrom’s points will be even more crucial for David Nemirovsky’s men after the league’s pauses for the Euro Hockey Tour’s first stage.
3 G, 3 (1+2) points, +4
The Wolves had a good week last term, and Sexton made it even more remarkable establishing a record for Neftekhimik. On Friday, Neftekhimik defeated Admiral with a 5:2 score. Sexton, at the 22th minute, assisted on Yegor Popov’s tally and became the most prolific Neftekhimik player in the KHL with 181 points, surpassing Igor Polygalov with 180.
Sexton had another assist that night, and also netted the OT game-winner two days earlier when Neftekhimik defeated Avangard (2:1).
The Wolves will keep on pushing, trying to reach the postseason, with the invaluable help of their imports.