Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ak Bars Kazan defeats Spartak Moscow 2-1

Ak Bars Kazan won a victory over Spartak Moscow 2-1 last week in a match that put Kazan into first place in the KHL's Eastern Conference.

Spartak remains ninth in the Western Conference rankings, which puts it out of the play-offs by five points, RIA Novosti reports.

On Friday, Spartak's major sponsor, Investbank, had its license revoked in a recent crackdown on the banking sector.

Metallurg Magnitogorsk remains tenth in the West, though it did close in on Barys with a 1-0 victory at Atlant Moscow. MM defenseman Chris Lee scored the only goal, and goaltender Vasily Koshechkin pulled out another shutout--his second in three days, according to RIA Novosti.

Also on Friday, Sibir Novosibirsk defeated Barys Astana with two third-period goals from Dmitry Obukhov and Kirill Petrov.

In the Western Conference, Dynamo Moscow defeated Dynamo Minsk 4-2. Dinamo Riga moved into third place following a 2-0 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk, thanks to strong performances from former Columbus Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson and defenseman Krisjanis Redlihs, according to RIA Novosti.

Traktor holds the eighth spot in the East, and Admiral Vladivostok remains in ninth place. Avangard Omsk scored its fourth win in a row after beating Metallurg Novokuznetsk 3-2.

CSKA Moscow lost 4-5 to Slovan Bratislava, Donbass defeated Vityaz Podolsk 5-3, Amur Khabarovsk beat Yugra Khanty-Mansisysk 3-2 and Severstal Cherepovets defeated Salavat Yulaev Ufa 5-3, RIA Novosti reports.

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk beat Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4-2 and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod scored a 1-0 victory over Medvescak Zagreb on penalty shots.