Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 Avangard Omsk 7 (0-2, 2-3, 0-2)

(Series tied at 1-1)

The goals keep coming in Ufa. Just 24 hours after Salavat Yulaev and Avangard shared 10 goals in the opening game of their playoff series, the teams scored another nine in game two. This time, though, it was Avangard that was much the happier, romping to a 7-2 victory and tying the series before the action moves to Omsk on Wednesday.

Photo: 05.03.18. KHL Championship 2017/18. Playoffs. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Avangard (Omsk region)

Avangard took control of the game in the first period thanks to a blast of two goals in nine seconds. First, Andre Petersson fired home after Maxim Berezin intercepted a Salavat Yulaev clearance at the blue line and fed his team-mate. Then, right from the face-off, Ansel Galimov got the puck on the blue line, held off the attentions of Stanislav Gareyev and whipped in a devastating wrist shot to make it 2-0.

Petersson got his second of the game in the 29th minute, but Salavat Yulaev hit back with two quick goals of its own. Grigory Panin got one back, then Vladimir Tkachyov scored a fine individual effort on the power play to make it a one-goal game. However, Teemu Hartikainen, yesterday’s five-point hero, was silent for the home team and Avangard was able to recover. Pyotr Khokhryakov quickly made it 4-2 and Mikhail Fisenko made it 5-2 before the second intermission.

Salavat Yulaev’s problems intensified in the third period when Linus Omark was ejected from the game for slashing. And Petersson took advantage to become the first player to score a hat-trick in this season’s playoffs. Semyon Koshelev added a seventh to complete the scoring on the night – but in a series that has produced 19 goals in two games, it seems there will be plenty more to come as the match-up continues on Wednesday and Thursday in Omsk.

Andy Potts,
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