Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Ak Bars, arguably the East’s best contenders for this season’s Gagarin Cup, booked their places in the Conference semi-final. Both teams wrapped up 4-1 series wins with home victories over Salavat Yulaev and Avtomobilist respectively. The other two series continue on Sunday, with Traktor and Barys needing home wins over Sibir and Avangard to maintain their interest in the competition.
(3) Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3
(6) Salavat Yulaev 1
Metallurg wins the series 4-1
Metallurg Magnitogorsk booked its place in the Conference semi-final with a 3-1 win at home to Salavat Yulaev, securing a 4-1 series success.
The outcome echoes Magnitka’s 4-1 win in the Conference final series last year, the penultimate step on the Steelmen’s journey to Gagarin Cup glory.
After a 10-goal spectacular in the previous meeting in Ufa on Wednesday, both teams reverted to their accustomed defensive game despite an opening flurry that saw them trade marker ...