Ural Derby defeat for Magnitogorsk, Lokomotiv steams ahead in the Latvian Railways Cup, and the Nikolai Puchkov Tournament gets underway in Saint Petersburg.
Kunlun Red Star (Beijing) vs. Sibir (Novosibirsk Region): 4-2 (2-0, 1-2, 1-0)
Sibir suffered its sixth defeat of the preseason in this entertaining encounter with Kunlun. Pavel Vorobei and Matias Myttynen gave the Beijing team an early 2-0 advantage which was wiped out before the half-hour mark by Maxim Ignatovich and Patrik Zackrisson. Geoffrey Kinrade restored Kunlun's lead a mere 96 seconds after Sibir's equalizer, and Andrei Kostitsyn sealed the win in closing minutes.
Sibir head coach Pavel Zubov:
“Compared with our performance against Traktor, today we looked a bit livelier. Kunlun has technique and discipline, and the team knows what to do on the ice. We seized the initiative, but we incurred some reckless penalties which disrupted our rhythm. I didn't like the opening minutes and we had to take a time-out so the team could pull itself together. Then we had a serious talk in the locker room during the interval, after which we improved and started to turn things around. I also like the way we played more as a team. The guys showed desire, dug deep, leveled the score, but then picked up a pointless penalty for high-sticking.”
Goals: 1-0 Vorobei (Daloga, Chipchura, 5.51), 2-0 Myttynen (Gynge, Squires, 7.58), 2-1 Ignatovich (Bergstrom, 23.18, PPG), 2-2 Zackrisson (Salak, Sharov, 29.48, PPG), 3-2 Kinrade (Kostitsyn, 31.24, PPG), 4-2 Kostitsyn (Wolski, Vorobei, 55.37, PPG).
Goaltenders: Hellberg – Salak
Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) vs. Traktor (Chelyabinsk): 1-4 (1-1, 0-1, 0-2)
The hosts suffered a painful defeat in this Ural Derby against the men from Chelyabinsk. Artyom Penkovsky, Maxim Yakutsenya, Ivan Vishnevsky and Yury Petrov found the net for the visitors, while Jan Kovar scored Magnitka's only goal of the game.`
Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Ilya Vorobyov was brutally honest:
“The key factors was the way the teams played when short-handed or in power play. Our opponents were better than us, and that's all there is to it.”
Traktor Chelyabinsk head coach Anvar Gatiyatulin was in no mood to get carried away with the result:
“It's always a pleasure to win, especially against an opponent as good as Metallurg, but we still have plenty of work to do before the start of the season.”
Goals: 0-1 Penkovsky (Yakutsenya, Koltsov, 15.13, PPG), 1-1 Kovar (Mozyakin, 19.00), 1-2 Vishnevsky (Kruchinin, 21.13, PPG), 1-3 Petrov (55.42 SHG), 1-4 Yakutsenya (Vishnevsky, Kruchinin, 59-06, empty net)
Goaltenders: Samsonov – Demchenko
SKA-Neva (Saint Petersburg) vs. Jokerit (Helsinki): 1-3 (0-1, 0-1, 1-1)
This tournament in Saint Petersburg got underway with a confident win by Jukka Jalonen's Jokerit over SKA's VHL team. Sami Lepisto was among the scorers but Eeli Tolvanen inflicted the most of the damage with two goals and an assist,
Goals: 0-1 Tolvanen (Jormakka, 03.18), 0-2 Lepisto (Tolvanen, 33.05), 1-2 Rychagov (/Karlin, Churkin, 45.46), 1-3 Tolvanen (Lepisto, 58.38)
Goaltenders: Melnichuk – Zapolski
SKA (Saint Petersburg) vs. HC Sochi (Sochi): 3-1 (0-0, 3-0, 0-1)
Pavel Datsyuk made his first appearance of the preseason, and the Magic Man showed he has recovered from injury and was fit enough to earn a two-minute penalty for interference and to assist on a goal for Ilya Kovalchuk. Dinar Khafizullin and Patrik Hersley grabbed the other goals for Oleg Znarok's team and Artyom Tomilin scored a late consolation goal for the men from the Black sea.
Goals: 1-0 Khafizullin (Gusev, Chudinov, 26.19), 2-0 Kovalchuk (Datsyuk, Plotnikov, 28.15), 3-0 Hersley (Barabanov, Prokhorkin, 32.59), 3-1 Tomilin (Maltsev, Zakharchuk, 46.14)
Goaltenders: Koskinen – Shikin
Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) vs. Dinamo (Minsk): 4-2 (0-1, 1-1, 3-0)
Both these sides came off second best in the first round of the tournament, with the men from Minsk losing 2-3 to their namesakes in Riga, and Lokomotiv suffering its first defeat of the preseason - a 1-2 reverse against Ak Bars, so whoever lost this game would end up bottom of the heap with two losses from two outings.
In the end, Lokomotiv turned out to be too strong for Dinamo, but the Minsk Men were ahead for much of the match. Loko's Ilya Lyubushkin leveled to cancel out Alexander Kitarov's first-period strike, Alexander Materukhin gave Dinamo a 2-1 lead, but a late three-goal blitz from Yegor Averin, Yegor Korshkov and Dmitry Lugin frought victory to Alexei Kudashov's Railwaymen.
Goals: 0-1 Kitarov (Kulakov, Lisovets, 12-36), 1-1 Lyubushkin (Averin, Lugin, 32-31), 1-2 Materukhin (Linglet, 38-16), 2-2 Korshkov (Polunin, Lyubushkin, 49-21), 3-2 Averin (Lyubushkin, Apalkov, 53-18) 4-2 Lugin (Averin, 59-42, empty net)
Goaltenders: Murygin – Karnaukhov
Dinamo (Riga) vs. Ak Bars (Kazan): 3-1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1)
Dinamo Riga's new boss Sandis Ozolins celebrated two wins from two games after his team brushed aside their illustrious opponents. Ak Bars boss Zinetula Bilyaletdinov will no doubt be pleased that his big-name signing, Andrei Markov, grabbed his first point for the club when he assisted on Andrei Popov's late goal, but the match was by then already over as a contest, thanks to strikes from Danny Kristo, Aleksandrs Jerofejevs and Uvis Balinskis.
Goals: 1-0 Kristo (Galiardi, 13-03) 2-0 Jerofejevs (Pujacs, 39-57), 3-0 Balinskis (M.Redlihs, K.Redlihs, 40-10), 3-1 Popov (Markov, 54-04)
Goaltenders: Peters – Garipov