In third place is a mini-masterpiece powerplay goal from Dinamo Minsk forward Alexander Materukhin, and one to be filed under Triumph in Adversity. Materukhin found himself with his back to goal and with options limited, yet somehow managed with his weaker hand to send a stunning strike into the roof of the net.
In second spot is a beautiful combination from Avangard’s Derek Roy and Maxim Pestushko. Maxim burst into Spartak’s zone, exchanged passes with Roy, and with a graceful twirl deftly beat Markus Svensson from close range.
This week’s winner comes from SKA’s 4-1 home demolition of Riga Dinamo. Sergei Plotnikov emerged from behind the goal shadowed by a phalanx of defensemen, but produced a wonderfully disguised pass to the onrushing Steve Moses. The American produced a finish to match the pass and calmly buried the puck with a sublime wrist shot.
Third place went to Jakub Sedlacek of Dinamo Riga, who produced an admirably stubborn display to thwart CSKA’s Dmitry Kugryshev twice from close range. The Army Man must still be wondering how he did not score..
In second place is another double save, this time from Ugra netminder Alexander Sharychenkov. The Khanty-Mansiysk man parried a long-range shot from Magnitka’s Tomas Filippi, but the ricochet fell straight onto the stick of Bogdan Potekhin. A goal seemed certain, but Sharychenkov had other ideas.
Slovan surprised the hockey world this week with an impressive 5-3 win over Dynamo in Moscow, but it could have been a very different story were it not for the acrobatics of Canada’s Barry Brust. When Artyom Fyodorov directed the puck at a seemingly unguarded corner of the net, the home fans were about to rise from their feet to celebrate, but the Bratislava man somehow tipped the puck away to safety.
A lot of strong contenders this week, so please do not miss an impressive windmill from Nizhnekamsk D-man Evgeny Ryasensky in third place and Avto’s Ivan Gulyayev’s forceful challenge in second, but top spot has to go to Riga’s Colton Gillies. It seemed that young Army Man Andrei Kuzmenko did not even notice the Canadian’s presence. He was certainly aware of it a second later.