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.