Admiral Vladivostok 2 Kunlun Red Star 3
Halloween – like hockey – isn’t a traditional part of Chinese life. But lovers of both have cause to celebrate today as Kunlun Red Star lit up the holiday by spooking Admiral and moving into a playoff spot.
The win also brought around some swift revenge for Red Star, coming just two days after a 3-1 loss on the same Fetisov Arena ice.
This time the visitor made a flying start with Chad Rau opening the scoring inside 40 seconds. That stung the host into action and Admiral seized the initiative before tying the scores in the 17th minute. However, the sailors were quickly sunk by a broadside from Kunlun: two goals in 90 seconds saw Tuukka Mantyla and Damien Fleury send the visitors into the intermission with a 3-1 lead. Rau added an assist to his opening goal, and Sean Collins picked up two assists on the night.
Admiral switched goalies during the break and Igor Bobkov turned away 21 shots to prevent Kunlun adding to its tally. But the home team could not find a way back: James Wright’s goal in the 55th minute was too late to save the game. Kunlun moves up to seventh in the Eastern Conference, one place and four points behind Admiral. Sibir drops out of the playoff places, two points adrift of Lada.
Severstal Cherepovets 7 Medvescak Zagreb 3
If one Hallowe’en visitor earned rich rewards for its efforts, the other away team found Severstal’s door slammed firmly in its face. A big win for the host meant that this trip was a nightmare for Medvescak – at least for the first two periods.
Severstal got off to a great start with two goals in the first six minutes. Daniil Vovchenko opened the scoring on the power play and Dmitry Kagarlitsky followed it up with number two.
Things got much worse for Medvescak as the second period drew to a close. Alexander Yevseyenkov made it 3-0 on the power play in the 34th minute, then Ruslan Karlin added a fourth on 35:01. That was the end of the evening for goalie Drew MacIntyre, but his replacement Sergei Gaiduchenko lasted just 90 seconds before giving up a goal to Denis Yezhov.
The middle stanza ended with a fight. Severstal’s Nikolai Kazakovtsev was penalized as the instigator of a brawl that took in Nathan Perkovic, Mike Glumac and Thomas Larkin for Medvescak and also Adam Mashur of Severstal.
Combat seemed to invigorate Medvescak at last. Colby Genoway got one back in the 46th minute before Lukas Lessio and Edwin Hedberg scored two goals in the 53rd. Game on, belatedly, until Sergei Monakhov made it 6-3 for the host and Pavel Chernov wrapped it up with an empty net goal. Yury Trubachyov had two assists on the night, taking his KHL points tally to 151 and his Severstal total to 249.