Admiral avenged Friday’s home defeat against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, but needed to recover from 0-2 down before edging a 3-2 verdict.
The visitor, which had celebrated a shoot-out win yesterday, made a great start when hostilities renewed in Vladivostok. Ilya Musin opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Sergei Dorofeyev doubled the advantage in the second period. With Metallurg goalie Rafael Khakimov in good form once again, it looked like a difficult evening was in the offing for Admiral.
But this time the home team changed the script: Niklas Bergfors pulled a goal back late in the second and that proved to be the catalyst for a revival. Even on the penalty kill Admiral continued to play on the front foot, and that adventurous streak paid off when Konstantin Makarov bagged a short-handed goal midway through the third.
The game-winner came in the 58th minute, and this time it was the Admiral power play that made the breakthrough. Vyacheslav Ushenin scored the winner, and his celebrations sparked a fight with Mikhail Plotnikov that saw both players sent to cool their heels as the clock ran down on Admiral’s win.