Western Conference semi-finals, Day 4
(4) Atlant Moscow Region 1
(1) SKA St. Petersburg 5
SKA lead the series 3-1
SKA moved to within one game of the Western Conference final after an assured 5-1 win at Atlant.
After Saturday’s overtime loss in Mytishchi, SKA made no mistake on this occasion, opening up a 2-0 first period lead through Dmitry Kalinin and Alexander Kucheryavenko. Even the loss of experienced forward Fyodor Fedorov, thrown out of the game on 27:21 on a gross misconduct call, could not slow SKA’s progress as Igor Makarov made it 3-0 before the second intermission.
SKA leads the series 3-1 as the action heads back to Petersburg on Wednesday.
Gorovikov ties it up
(3) Dynamo Moscow 3
(2) Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2
Series tied 2-2
Konstantin Gorovikov was Dynamo’s hero as the Moscow side tied up its series with Torpedo at 2-2. The experienced forward got the winner on 57:11, clinching a 3-2 win on the night and leveling the series.
As befits a topsy-turvy series, Monday’s game ebbed and flowed dramatically: Dynamo struck first with Dominik Granak’s powerplay effort on 16:52, but trailed after a quick brace for Torpedo in the second session when Alexei Ugarov and Dmitry Makarov did the damage.
But Jakub Klepis tied the game early in the third, and Gorovikov’s power-play strike ensured there would be nothing between the sides before Wednesday’s game in Nizhny Novgorod.