The final of the Stone Flower tournament in Yekaterinburg will be between Avangard, who clinched their place with a 5-2 win against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, and Sibir, who defeated Amur 2-0. Third place will be contested by Barys and Metallurg, leaving Avtomobilist to fight it out with Amur for fifth spot. Heroes of the day were Nigel Dawes of Barys and Dmitry Syomin of Avangard, who both scored doubles, and also Sibir goaltender Bernd Bruckler for keeping Amur off the scoreboard.
The first games of the Mayor’s Cup took place today at Moscow’s Megasport Arena. Dynamo comfortably beat Spartak 3-0, whereas Atlant lost a close game with CSKA, 2-3 in overtime. Friday is a day of rest and the action resumes on Saturday.
Donbass mauled by Minsk
Three KHL teams are taking part in the Donbass Open Cup tournament in Donetsk, which got under way today. SKA enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Dinamo Riga, with Mikelis Redlihs scoring for the Latvians, while for Milos Riha’s team a double from Patrick Thoresen was followed by accurate strikes from Maxim Rybin and Denis Denisov. The host team, Donbass, will soon make their debut in Russia’s lower league, the VHL, but they were handed a harsh lesson in top-level hockey today by Dinamo Minsk. The Belarus men beat the Ukrainians 5-1, thanks to a double from Linglet and a goal each from Irgl, Stas and Platt.
Sensation in Ufa
In Ufa, meanwhile, the Bashkortostan President's Cup also began today, and the opening game was a contest between the recent finalists in Chelyabinsk, Neftekhimik and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Once again, Metallurg proved the stronger, winning today’s game 3-1, with Podhradsky, Mamashev and Altaryov on target for the men from the Urals and Arkhipov replying for Neftekhimik. If that was somewhat predictable, the second game was sensational: hosts and Gagarin Cup holders Salavat Yulaev suffered a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Yugra. Atyushov and Mamin scored for the hosts, and Yemeleyev, Vorobyev, Milovzorov and Bardin for the victors.
Yaroslavl was the venue for a friendly between Lokomotiv and Severstal but no spectators were admitted, owing to the game being moved to an alternative venue. Despite the hosts winning 5-3, the Cherepovets can take pride in their performance, since the Railwaymen did not allow a single goal in three games in their recent tournament in Riga. Severstal’s Yegorshev, Shipachev and Nurtdinov were the men who finally penetrated Lokomotiv’s defense, and at one stage the Yaroslavl men trailed 1-3. Goals from Rachunek, Kiryuhin, Marek, Klyukin and Ostapchuk brought them victory.
Problems for Kazan
Ak Bars lost once again, and the Kazan men are again leaking goals. On their training tour in Finland Vladimir Krikunov’s men were beaten 3-6 by Jyväskylä, with Golubev, Medvedev and Kulyash on target for Ak Bars.
Vityaz forward Mikhail Anisin has signed a two-year contract with the Moscow Region club. Last season he played for three teams, starting the campaign with Severstal, moving to Yugra, and finishing the season in Chekhov.
The Kontinental Hockey League has launched its own channel on youtube, which will soon be showing the best goals and action from last season, and will be updated regularly after the start of the coming championship. Hockey lovers will be able to watch live game broadcasts on the channel.
Quote of the day
“We tried Fyodor in the second and third lines, but he performed best of all in the fourth alongside the young guys. He was able to lead the line, lead his partners, and it’s in the fourth line he started scoring. We have time, we’ll still keep watching and we’ll decide where and with whom he should play,” – SKA head coach Milos Riha on Fyodor Fyodorov (pictured).
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru