Vityaz wins 3-1 at Slovan thanks to a strong first period – Avtomobilist loses to Novgorod 1-3 – CSKA dismantles Chelyabinsk 6-0.
Slovan Bratislava had virtually only two goals in today’s home game against Vityaz: after two narrow defeats in Podolsk and Bratislava, they finally scored the first victory of the season and thus celebrated another victory after four defeats in a row. Vityaz, on the other hand, needed those points to stay on the play-off spots. The focus of the match but was Michal Repik, who was the first time since his move from Slovan to Vityaz in Bratislava guest.
For Slovan this task was not easier because Syomin scored with the first shot on goal the 1-0 lead for Vityaz (1.). This early goal unsettled the hosts even more. Vityaz clearly controlled the game. Aaltonen fought on the gang the disc and plays on the free-standing Syomin. He did not hesitate, headed for goalie Stepanek and scored his second goal to make it 2-0 (7.). Another setback for Slovan and Stepanek made room for Ciliak. A tentative attack with a final shot from Taffe was no problem for Ortio. It was a different score with a nice combination – Kokarev on Shvets-Rogovoi, who with a backhand pass to Shinkevich, who drew and put it 3-0 (14.) – Ciliak was defeated for the first time. Only a power play at the end of the third allowed Slovan good chances but both Rau and Gelinas fail Ortio.
After the break, the guests felt more comfortable, but Slovan simply could not get going – Sukel tried to do so from a distance, but no effort for Ortio. Slovan came to one or another counter chance, the best had Taffe with a long shot. There was a jolt by the team and they started to play. Sersen with a shot, the Puck comes to Rau, who lets run on Chipchura the Ortio no chance – 1-3 (31.). A little later, Gelinas plays through the Vityaz defense, but fails to Ortio. Vityaz did only the necessary and Slovan could not put the few chances that offered them into goals.
The hosts tried to get in the final third again. The first opportunity was Vityaz – Rendulic warped his shot just past the gate. Slovan now more playful, but mostly too wild – Lamper forgives his chance as well as Sersen. The hosts were now the better team and were always dangerous before the gate – but Ortio kept what it gave to stop. After a shot from Sukel, the puck was briefly alone in front of the line, but here could Ortio just prevent the hit, After a push by Janosik his pass in front of the goal, unfortunately, no suitable customer. Vityaz were only a few in the attack – after a pass from Komarov Vyzglazov was suddenly alone in front of Ciliak, but the Sĺovan goalkeeper kept his nerve and prevented the hit. Two minutes before the end coach Orszagh Ciliak took off the ice. Slovan prevailed in the third of Vityaz for the time being. Rau forgives a good opportunity and Vityaz came to a counterattack. Chernov tried a shot at the empty goal, but the puck goes to the bar. With this defeat Slovan last and Vityaz remains on the coveted play-off places.
Slovan Bratislava vs Vityaz Podolsk 1-3 (0-3, 1-0, 0-0)
Dinamo Minsk fought at Metallurg for very important points in the playoff fight. Yevgeni Lisovets took the lead in the 3rd minute and David Booth made it 3-2 in the 40th minute. In the end, it was not enough for Minsk. After Nikolai Kulyomin scored the first two goals for Magnitogorsk, Michal Bulir equalized in the 49th minute and Iiro Pakarinen scored the late 4-3 at home in the 59th minute. Thus, for Minsk probably also the playoff train left early.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk vs Dinamo Minsk 4-3 (1-1, 1-2, 2-0)
The fourth defeat in a row makes it harder and harder for Sibir to reach the playoffs. You cashed today in the home game against Severstal equal to a 4-5 defeat. For Severstal, however, this was victory number 3 in a row and so you could settle slightly from the bottom of the table.
Sibir Novosibirsk vs Severstal 4-5 (1-2, 1-2, 2-1)
Many goals also fell at Ufa against HC Sochi, where they prevailed with 5-4 in overtime. At Ufa, Zakhar Arzamastsev scored twice. Ufa secured sixth place in the East with this win and Sochi can write an important point in the playoff fight.
Salavat Ufa vs HC Sochi 5-4 OT (2-0, 1-1, 1-3)
Nizhny Novgorod vs Avtomobilist 3-1 (0-1, 0-0, 3-1)
AK Bars Kazan vs Dynamo Moscow 2-3 (0-2, 0-1, 2-0)
CSKA Moscow vs Traktor Chelyabinsk 6-0 (2-0, 2-0, 2-0)