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There were just two games on Saturday. Vityaz started us off with a 3-1 victory at Barys, despite a first KHL goal from Tomas Jurco. Then Severstal defeated Torpedo by the same scoreline, recovering from a goal down to win.

Second road win pushes Vityaz up the table

Barys Nur-Sultan 1 Vityaz Moscow Region 3 (0-1, 1-1, 0-1)

Vityaz moved off the foot of the Western Conference thanks to this victory, which snapped a three-game winning streak for Barys and prevented the Kazakhs from closing on the playoff places in the East. The visitor managed to build on its shoot-out success at Salavat Yulaev and again found a way to win without import forwards Miro Aaltonen and Daniel Audette.

However, the key import in Podolsk this season has been the prolific Niko Ojamaki. He’s still fit and well and underlined the point when he opened the scoring in the first period. That’s his 22nd goal of the season. Ivan Volodin extended that lead in the second period, rifling a wrister into the top corner right at the end of a Vityaz power play.

Photo: 27.11.21. KHL Championship 2021-2022. Barys (Nur-Sultan) - Vityaz (Moscow Region)

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The home special teams did not have much success. Barys squandered four power play opportunities — including a two-minute spell of 5-on-3 — before Tomas Jurco’s first KHL goal punished the visitor at the fifth time of asking. Although the Kazakhs outshot Vityaz 28-14 through two periods, Ilya Ezhov got behind most of those efforts to preserve his team’s advantage.

In the final frame, Yury Babenko’s team continued to look for chances to increase its lead and might have added a third shortly after the restart. But the home team withstood that surge and was steadily increasing the pressure on Ezhov’s net when an empty net goal from Fyodor Malykhin — his 100th marker in the KHL — sealed the result.

Severstal rallies to down Torpedo

Severstal Cherepovets 3 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1 (0-0, 0-1, 3-0)

Severstal climbed into the top four in the West after posting a fourth victory in five games. The home team had to come from behind to defeat Torpedo, but a strong third period brought a third win of the season against this opponent.

Torpedo got in front early in the second period. Severstal’s attack broke down when Robin Press collided with Kenny Agostino and Andy Miele nipped in to steal the puck. From then on, the American forward did it all himself, racing down the ice to beat Dmitry Shugayev from close range.

Photo: 27.11.21. KHL Championship 2021-2022. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod)

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Press may well have felt hard done by in that incident, with many on the Cherepovets side believing that he was fouled in the initial contact with Agostino. But the officials saw it differently and the goal separated the teams until midway through the third period. Then the Swedish defenseman got his chance to put the record straight. Severstal got a 5-on-3 power play and delivered one straight from Andrei Razin’s playbook to tie the game. A face-off win, a pass along the boards back to the point for Ilya Khokhlov to advance, then a further pass to the left-hand circle where Press had moved forward to fire home the tying goal.

Then, after equalizing on the power play, Severstal got in front with a short-handed goal from Nikita Guslistov. The young forward chased a lost cause behind the Torpedo net and made a nuisance of himself as goalie Pyotr Kochetkov looked to clear the puck to Marek Hrivik. Instead, Guslistov stole possession and potted a goal out of nothing to take him to three for the season.

Soon afterwards, Severstal added an equal-strength goal to complete the set. Daniil Vovchenko was the scorer, completing another good afternoon’s work for his team.

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