There was only one game at the Puchkov Tournament on Saturday, with Torpedo getting its first win of the competition at the expense of Severstal.

Severstal came to Petersburg with six full lines available and every intention of experimenting. Against Avangard, the formula was correct and the Steelmen earned an overtime win. However, a rather different roster suffered a tough time against Torpedo.

Too many fouls handed Torpedo plenty of chances to play 5-on-3 hockey. Denis Barantsev and Chay Genoway enjoyed those gifts. Mikhail Varnakov added another goal at equal strength, but only seconds after another erring Severstal man emerged from the box.

And then there was Quinton Howden, who scored two goals of his own. The Canadian only came to Nizhny Novgorod at the start of August after playing last season with Dinamo Minsk. He opened the scoring from a pacey attack and completed his double when shorthanded. On the occasion, Howden did not even need to find the net: bearing down on an empty net he was fouled by a Severstal defenseman and, according to the rules, was awarded the goal without even the need for a penalty shot.

Severstal Cherepovets 1 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 5 (0-2, 1-2, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Howden (Zhafyarov, Szczechura 8:45); 0-2 Barantsev (Varnakov, Alyayev 18:03 PP); 0-3 Genoway (Szczechura 27:47 PP); 0-4 Varnakov (Barantsev, Bocharov 34:00); 1-4 Khabarov (Monakhov, Yakimov 34:57); 1-5 Howden (Urakov 51:16 SH).

Goalies: Podyapolsky – Lindback

Standings

Team

P

W

OTW 

SOW 

SOL 

OTL 

L

F-A

Pts

1

SKA

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

  9-2

4

2

Jokerit

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

  6-4

4

3

HC Sochi

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

  4-4

2

4

Torpedo

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

  7-10

2

5

Severstal      

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

  4-8

2

6

Avangard      

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

  4-6

1

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