Avangard players show the right way to play overtimes, while Alexei Krasikov isn’t scared to get hurt to save his team. KHL.ru presents you the best plays of the fifteenth week.
We begin our countdown of the top 10 goals of the week with Metallurg’s forward Denis Platonov, who buried it past Slovan’s goalie after a sweet pass by Arkhip Nekolenko. For the ninth place, we go back to the 90s to see Martins Karsums’ goal in last week’s retro-game between Spartak Moscow and HC Sochi after a beautiful combination. Alexei Emelin is well capable of showing glimpses of excellence on attack, and one of these moments – in last week’s game against Severstal – was good enough for the eighth place in the standings. Yegor Milovzorov is adapting very well to his new team, Sibir Novosibirsk, as it is shown by his fantastic pass to Vladimir Pervushin. And what about Justin Azevedo’s speed against Magnitka?
We move to Finland for the fourth place: a superb pass by Henri Ikonen ran past three opponents, and Max Warn kept a cool head to put it past the goalie. Bronze medal for Barys’ Roman Starchenko, who didn’t surrender and beat Lokomotiv’s Ilya Konovalov, even if already fallen on the ice. Second place for Artyom Mikheyev’s incredible rush in the game against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The gold medal goes to Omsk as Ilya Mikheyev, Evgeny Medvedev, and Denis Zernov showed exceptional chemistry to defeat Jokerit at home.
In the Saturday’s main game at the football stadium Gazprom Arena, CSKA showed the best hockey not only in the offensive zone but also on goal, especially when Ilya Sorokin stopped a shot by Nikolai Prokhorkin, who was trying to put the puck in his five-hole. Vladivostok is up next when Nikita Serebryakov has a fantastic save after a sure-fire shot by Daniil Tarasov. We then move to Sochi, where Ufa’s goalie Juha Metsola had a tremendous glove save. This week, Amur’s Marek Langhamer has his debut in the weekly countdown showcasing his reflexes with a fantastic stick save.
Ilya Sorokin is featured again for the fifth place when he stopped Jokerit’s Geoff Platt. In an all-Finn duel, Joni Ortio came up as a winner over Kunlun’s forward Olli Palola. Third place for Severstal’s Dominik Furch, with an effective, save on Barys’ Viktor Svedberg. The silver medal goes to Novosibirsk: other than excellent goaltending, Alexei Krasikov showcased great courage when saving his team literally with any mean. Juha Metsola is featured again at the top place in the standings with a fantastic stick save on Severstal’s forward Carter Ashton.