(5) Barys 1
Avangard wins the series 4-3
Chad Kolarik fired Avangard into a Conference semi-final showdown with Ak Bars, scoring 2+1 in his team’s 3-1 win over Barys in the decisive seventh game of this series. The Canadian made the difference between the two teams and confirmed that, just as in the West, the top four teams from the regular season would progress to the last four in the Conference.
Barys was first to show. After forcing a couple of smart saves out of Konstantin Barulin on an early power play the visitor took the lead thanks to Nigel Dawes’ one-timer off a Dustin Boyd pass in the fifth minute. But there was controversy over Avangard’s equalizer, with Chad Kolarik smashing Barys defenseman Alexei Litvinenko to the ice moments before he scored off an Alexander Popov pass. Several of the Barys players were clearly unhappy that play continued for some time with their man lying prone behind the net, but the goal stood and the scores were level. ...