Ak Bars roared to a 4-0 victory and tied its series with Avangard in emphatic fashion.
After yesterday’s long, long battle ended in an overtime win for the visitor after almost 100 minutes of hockey, much was always going to depend on which team was alert enough to get a solid start – and for Ak Bars it could hardly have been better than a third-minute opener from Konstantin Koltsov. The home side piled on the pressure from the first seconds, and after Ilya Nikulin thumped in a shot from the blue line Koltsov was on the spot to put away the rebound.
The defenseman was also involved in the second, scored by Stepan Zakharchuk with a powerful shot from the point as Ak Bars went into the intermission two goals up.
Avangard came into the game a little more in the second stanza, but despite having more shots on goal it couldn’t do anything to improve the scoreline. Instead Alexander Svitov added to his two goals from the first game before Fyodor Lukoyanov wrapped it up in the third.
Anders Nilsson made 33 saves for his shut-out and the series heads to Omsk with two evenly-poised teams.