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KHL: Kyle Wilson grabs hat-trick as Riga storms on

by R-Sport at 13/09/2013 13:55

Former Nashville Predators forward Kyle Wilson netted three goals to extend Dinamo Riga’s winning streak to four games.

On Thursday, the Latvians stormed to a 4-2 road win at Donbass Donetsk and top the league table, along with Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg on 12 points.

Another ex-NHLer, Marcel Hossa, also contributed one goal for Dinamo, while Peter Podhradsky and Evgeny Dadonov scored for the home team. Wilson, 28, is top of the goalscoring list with SKA wing Viktor Tikhonov, both of whom have scored five.

“You don’t score three goals in every game, so I'm enjoying this moment,” Wilson said on the team’s website. “I think we played a good game and took our chances well. The team has an excellent atmosphere and difficult victories like this one, where you have to struggle, they unite us even more.”

In his turn, Tikhonov helped SKA take a 5-2 victory at Barys Astana, as Ilya Kovalchuk and Roman Cervenka each registered one goal and two assists.

In a fierce Moscow derby, Spartak beat CSKA 3-2 with goals from three veterans American defenseman Deron Quint, two-time Stanley Cup winner Slava Kozlov and wing Igor Volkov. For CSKA, forwards Alexander Radulov and Oleg Saprykin netted their first goals of the season.

“Our team was more united in this game, we fought for each other and that’s why we won,” Volkov said. “We were ready to the CSKA style that means a lot of shots, good skating and speed.”

Spartak is now fourth on the West with three wins from four games, while big-spending CSKA is only eighth on five points.

 Yugra is on its best-ever start to a KHL season, earning nine points from four games, and is one point ahead of second-placed Avangard Omsk, who won 4-3 against Atlant Moscow Region.

Avangard was 2-0 behind after the first six minutes of the game, but Tomas Zaborsky’s double leveled the score already in the first period. Then Alexander Kadeykin put the visitors ahead once again, before goals by Denis Kulyash and Valentin Pyanov third period brought Avangard three points.

Elsewhere, two-time KHL champion Ak Bars Kazan was comfortably leading 3-0 by the middle of the third period of the home fixture with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and almost lost the advantage. Power-play goals by defensemen Chris Lee and Yaroslav Khabarov closed the gap to the minimum, but the hosts managed to survive in the last two minutes for a 3-2 win.

The other four games all finished in favor of the visiting teams, as Lev Prague grabbed a 3-1 win at Dynamo Minsk, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk defeated Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2-0, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl grabbed its first win of the season, pounding Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4-0, while two goals by Anton Korolev failed to save Vityaz Podolsk from a 3-2 defeat to Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

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