Yesterday the teams began their 2019/20 campaign and the KHL outfit suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of its VHL affiliate. After that loss, Svetlov admitted that his team made errors on defense and lacked chemistry on the ice. However, it took just 24 hours for his players to start putting that right. The coaching staff set up some new lines and swapped goalies for the second game: Juho Olkinuora was replaced by Anton Krasotkin between the piping. Three imports, Martin Bakos, Markus Ljungh and Shawn Lalonde all featured again, although the club’s fifth foreign signing, Adam Almqvist, is yet to arrive in Russia. In total, there were five new players on the roster compared with the previous day.
However, it wasn’t the imports who made an immediate impact. Instead, Admiral rookie Ivan Lapshin made a perfect start in his first game for the club. The 20-year-old opened the scoring in the third minute. The host could not keep up that fast start but remained largely in control of the game.
A couple of minutes before the intermission Admiral extended its lead on the power play. Stanislav Kalashnikov’s shot dropped for Vasily Streltsov to score. In the 26th minute another rookie found the net. This time it was 19-year-old defenseman Timur Akhiyarov, well placed to take a Kirill Kozhevnikov pass, who fired into the open corner of the net and effectively end the game as a contest.
To wrap it up, Alexander Mereskin broke through early in the third and almost ended up in the net along with the puck. The video review saw no infringement and the score moved to 4-0. There was one more goal incident, but a possible fifth marker was whistled off when the video review showed goalie interference.
Admiral Vladivostok 4 Yermak Angarsk 0 (2-0, 1-0, 1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Lapshin (Tkachuk, Akhiyarov, 2:47); 2-0 V Streltsov (Kalashnikov, 17:59 PP); 3-0 Akhiyarov (Kalashnikov, Kozhevnikov, 25:22); 4-0 Mereskin (Delnov, Klimchuk 42:20).
Goalies: Krasotkin – Nikitin
Sergei Svetlov, head coach, Admiral
I’m happy that we won today and even happier that we did not allow a goal. Anton Krasotkin deserves a lot of credit for that. We played without errors, even when we were shorthanded, and today the whole pattern of the game was different. We took the opposition apart, we could see where we needed to do more. We didn’t have a lot of time but we worked on a couple of things and we played a good game. All the guys worked hard and the kids gave a good account of themselves. But we’re still at the start of our preparations. We’re still a bit rusty, our speed of decision-making isn’t what it might be. All that is still to come.
Anton Krasotkin, goalie, Admiral
I couldn’t say today’s game was physically tough, but it was harder mentally. I hadn’t played for a long time, today was my first game, so I needed time to get my rhythm, to get a taste for the game again. We’ll keep working further.
Compiled with the help of the Admiral press office.