Two days ago it was reported that Tim Stapleton of Dinamo Minsk would be missing some time (7-10 days to be exact) with a knee injury. Well, I guess they forgot to tell the Steam Punk that because he played today...with a vengeance!
Also playing were Evander Kane (with him), Alexei Ponikarovsky (against him) and Arturs Kulda (somewhere in Russia).
- Timmy Staples returned to action as his Dinamo Misnk squad travelled to Ukraine to take on HC Donbass Donetsk. Interestingly enough, Evander Kane would actually miss this game due to illness. But does not look to be out of action for very long. Ponikarovsky would play for Donbass, and would open the scoring in this contest 9:29 into the first period, his second of the year. Minsk responded at 13:10 on a power play goal, on which Stapleton picked up the secondary assist on a Teemu Laine goal. Stapleton would pick up a primary assist a couple of minutes later when Andrei Mikhalyov would notch his first. Minsk would make the score 5-1 in the second period when Stapleton would once again pick up the secondary assist on a Laine power play goal. Cory Murphy got the primary assist on both Laine goals to add consistency to the score sheet. Donbass would mount a comeback in the third period, netting 3 goals before eventually losing 5-4. Ponikarovsky would pick up an assist on Donbass' second of the night, giving him 2 points on the game and 4 on the season. He finished with 4 shots on goal in 16:19.
Stapleton would finish with 3 assists, 0 shots on goal and 14:31 worth of ice time.
- Sibir Novosibirsk would host Metallurg Novokuznetsk in an 8 goal affair. Arturs Kulda's biggest contribution was being on the ice for 2 Alexander Bumagin goals a couple of minutes apart in the second period., Metallurg Nk would defeat Sibir by a 5-3 margin. Kulda finished with a -1 rating, 2 PIM (high stick) and 4 shots on goal in 24:19.