Khristich is still pointless, but his team wins
Game Recap: Lada - Metallurg

Dmitry Khristich - photo (c)  NOV.23 -- Igor Karpenko made several key saves to register his second shut-out of the season, as Metallurg handed Lada its third straight loss.

The home side dominated early in the opening period. Igor Grigorenko's unit created a few good scoring chances but Karpenko was up to the task, as his teammates took some time to get into game's flow.

Metallurg's veteran unit of Dmitry Khristich, who's steel pointless five games into his RSL experience, Mikhail Sarmatin and Eduard Kudermetov was the one to set the tune with a couple of spirited shift. As a result the visitors scored twice in a minute and a half span late in the period.

Alexander Selivanov scored his fourth goal of the season on a nifty pass from Evgeny Koreshkov, as two forwards enjoyed a break on helpless Mike Fountine. Than Oleg Davydov's point shot slipped past Canadian netminder while Metallurg had man-advantage.

In the remaining two periods Petr Vorobiev's team skated lively and worked hard, but for some reason Lada's players were reluctant to shoot the puck. Moreover visitors defended extremely well.

"It was a mental struggle for us tonight," - said Vorobiev. "Metallurg was well organized defensively and capitalized on our mistakes. Our youngsters got a bit discouraged, as time after time they were failing at breaking Metallurg's trap."

"I would like to thank my players for sticking to the game plan. We need the points badly and tonight's win comes in handy for our position in the standings," - said Metallurg's head coach Valery Belousov.

Metallurg beat Lada for the second time this season. On Oct.8 Belousov's side edged Togliatti at home 2-1.

-- Max Dostoevsky

Game summary:

Lada Togliatti - Metallurg Magnitogorsk  0-2 (0:2, 0:0, 0:0)

First period:
0-1 MMG 17:28  Selivanov,4 (E.Koreshkov)
0-2 MMG 19:02  Davydov,3 (Kaigorodov, Ignatov)  (pp)
Penalties: Davydov MMG (tripping) 5:02. Bulyin LAD (holding) 18:54.
Second period:
Penalties: Bulyin LAD (high-stick) 18:55.
Third period:
Penalties: E.Koreshkov MMG (boarding) 13:54.

Goaltenders: Fountine (L,2-5-0), Mikhailovsky (0:00 second) - Karpenko (W,9-4-2).

Power play: Lada 0/2, Metallurg 1/2.
November 23. Togliatti. Volgar Sports Palace.