Saturday was the final day of the President's Cup in Astana, and the opening day of the Ivan Romazan Memorial Tournament in Magnitogorsk.
HC Davos (Davos) vs. Avangard (Omsk): 2-3 (1-2, 1-1, 0-0)
The final day of this tournament in Astana began with the men from Omsk edging a close encounter with the Swiss. Pyotr Khokhryakov hit a double and new recruit Andre Petersson claimed an assist on his Avangard debut.
Avangard head coach Andrei Skabelka:
“Today the team showed great movement and there was a good understanding in offense. We created more than enough chances, although there were a few mistakes which cause a bit of concern, such as picking up unnecessary penalties, which create opportunities for the opposition. But we'll work on it.”
Goals: 0-1 Khokhryakov (Berezin, Mikheyev, 04.10, PPG), 1-1 Corvi (07.52), 1-2 Medvedev (Petersson, 09.55), 1-3 Khokhryakov (Berezin, 22.08, PPG), 2-3 Simion (Schneeberger, Corvi, 35.59, PPG)
Goaltenders: van Pottelberghe – Furch
Barys (Astana) vs. Admiral (Vladivostok): 0-3 (0-1, 0-1, 0-1)
The tournament closed with disappointment for Barys and the home fans,as Admiral recorded a goal in each period, while a heroic performance from goaltender Nikita Serebryakov prevented the hosts from troubling the scoreboard. Tempers frayed toward the end as the Astana Men, trailing 0-2, tried to make a last-ditch recovery, but Nikolai Glukhov had the last word when he scored into an empty net for his second goal of the game.
Barys head coach Evgeny Koreshkov paid tribute to his players:
“The match against Traktor took a lot out of us, physically and emotionally. We had hoped to win the tournament, but today was our fifth game and fatigue got the better of us at times. The guys have had a tough workload, but they battled with all their might and fought to the very last second.”
Admiral head coach Alexander Andriyevsky was equally upbeat:
“There were many positive signs, both in this match against Barys and in the tournament as a whole. As for the fights, it's just emotion – Barys did not want to lose at home and we also had no thoughts of retreating. We had good and bad moments in this tournament, but the positives outweigh the negatives.”
Goals: 0-1 Glukhov (Voronin, 07.22), 0-2 Kitsyn (Sergeyenko, Voronin, 23.38), 0-3 Glukhov (Kazakov, Zhafyarov, 59.53, empty net)
Goaltenders: Karlsson – Serebryakov
Best goaltender – Nikita Serebryakov (Admiral)
Best defenseman – Kevin Dallman (Barys)
Best forward – Nigel Dawes (Barys)
Top scorer – Andrej Nestrasil (Neftekhimik)
This four-team tournament (featuring Metallurg, Traktor, Sibir, and Kunlun Red Star) in Magnitogorsk opened on Saturday and runs until Tuesday, the 15th.
Sibir (Novosibirsk Region) vs. Traktor (Chelyabinsk): 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 1-0)
In the opening game, a young Traktor side fought back to score a last-minute equalizer to cancel out Sibir's early strike, only to succumb to an Alexander Sharov goal in overtime.
Sibir head coach Pavel Zubov:
“Obviously, a run of five straight defeats does not have the best psychological effect on the team, so we needed a win – any kind of win against any opposition. And today we emerged victorious, albeit in overtime... We do have problems with finishing, and we had a team talk on the subject straight after the game. We converted only two of 17 chances, and I've been telling the forwards they need to get in front of goal and break out of the corners. We're still being pushed out to the corners, and that's not where the goals are.”
Goals: 1-0 Levitsky (2.50). 1-1 Zinovyev (Alexeyev, Sholokhov, 59.11), 2-1 Sharov (Bergstrom, 63.33).
Goaltenders: Salak – Sukhachyov.
Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) vs. Kunlun Red Star (Beijing) – 3-2 (0-1, 3-1, 0-0)
Having beaten Kunlun already this month in the Sochi Hockey Open, Metallurg welcomed former boss and current Kunlun coach Mike Keenan back to Magnitogorsk, but the hospitality did not extend to handing the guests a victory. Nonetheless, the men from Beijing made the better start, and raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Matias Myttynen and former Magnitka favorite Wojtek Wolski either side of the first interval.
The reaction from the hosts was swift and ruthless. A three goal burst from Tomas Filippi, Matt Ellison and Nick Schaus, all within a seven-minute bombardment of the Kunlun goal, sealed an impressive win for the men from Magnitogorsk.
Kunlun Red Star head coach Mike Keenan:
“It was a good game with a good level of competitiveness. We can take a lot from this kind of game. Metallurg knows how to win, and we still need to learn that, because at the moment we are still building our team.”
Goals: 0-1 Myttynen (Gynge, 17.21), 0-2 Wolski (Khlystov, Kinrade, 20.34), 1-2 Filippi (Kovar, 26.20), 2-2 Ellison (Kosov, 31.11), 3-2 Schaus (Mozyakin, Kovar, 32.48, PPG).
Goaltenders: Koshechkin – Hellberg.
There were mixed fortunes for KHL clubs in the day's other games. Spartak Moscow lost 1-2 in a shootout to Khimik, while Lada enjoyed a 5-2 win over CSK VVS.
Khimik vs. Spartak: 2-1 SO (0-0, 0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Goals: 0-1 – Bobrov (51.55), 1-1 – Delnov (Orlov, 52.45), 2-1 – Fomichyov (Shootout)
Goaltenders: Trushkov – Svensson
Lada vs. CSK VVS: 5-2 (1-0, 2-2, 2-0)
Goals: 1-0 – Zernov (Gurkin, Belousov, 15.37), 2-0 – Filatov (Genoway, 24.37), 3-0 – Sotnieks (Zernov, 29.22), 3-1 – Kovalyov (Metliuk, Troshin, 31.19), 3-2 – Glotov (38.54), 4-2 – Valuisky (Genoway, 41.21), 5-1 – Bocharov (56.29)
Goaltenders: Ivannikov – Oseledets