It wasn’t just the absence of Datsyuk that caught the eye when the rosters were announced. For this game on the road against Czech Extraliga opposition, Avtomobilist went shortbenched with just three lines. No imports were involved on the day, making the comfortable victory even more notable.
Alexander Protapovich, a 22-year-old forward, was the star of the show. Thus far, he’s played just three KHL games, and they were back in 2015/16, but today he scored twice and made a case for more action with the first team in the coming months. Vyacheslav Litovchenko and Nikita Setdikov each chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting to Datsyuk in an Avtomobilist jersey, as well as anticipating Geoff Platt’s debut for the club. The team’s next game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, with a trip to another Czech team, Karlovy Vary.
Pirati Chomutov 0 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4 (0-1, 0-3, 0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Litovchenko (Setdikov, Berezin 19:33); 0-2 Protapovich (Pilipenko, Gareyev 24:21); 0-3 Setdikov (Litovchenko PP 33:50); 0-4 Protapovich (39:27)
Goalies: Pavlat – Gross (40:00), Galkin (20:00)