Vityaz Podolsk 3
Spartak Moscow 6

The game between Vityaz and Spartak was overshadowed by news that Spartak legend Fyodor Kanareikin was in urgent need of surgery after being diagnosed with cancer. In support of a man who helped Spartak win the Soviet championship as a player and who returned to Sokolniki to coach the team, money raised from Wednesday night’s game was donated to a fund to support Kanareikin.

And on the ice the teams did their bit, serving up an absorbing game of hockey that ended in a Spartak win. Although the final margin was a comfortable one, the outcome was always in doubt until the closing stages. Vityaz took the lead through Roman Horak in the 12th minute, but Spartak turned it around on a power play goal from Sergei Shmelyov and a short-handed marker from Vyacheslav Leshchenko. Yury Koksharov tied it up in the 20th minute.

In the second stanza Charles Genoway put Spartak 3-2 up but Koksharov got his second of the night to level the scores once more. However, Shmelyov’s second goal right before the second intermission gave the Red-and-Whites an advantage that they would not relinquish.

Vityaz tried to find a way back in the third, but Alexander Vasilyev made it 5-3 for Spartak in the 52nd minute and Alexander Mereskin’s empty-netter completed the win.

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