Salavat Yulaev and Neftekhimik set up their summer camps in neighboring towns in Finland, always a popular summer destination for Russian teams. Not surprisingly, then, they decided to meet up for a warm-up game in Pajulahti. For both teams, it was the first game of pre-season, although Salavat did have a two-way game among its own roster a few days earlier. For Neftekhimik, it was the first in-game test of the current roster.
Ufa’s head coach, Nikolai Tsulygin, opted to rest most of his leading players. Juha Metsola, Linus Omark, Teemu Hartikainen, Grigory Panin, Philip Larsen and Alexander Kadeikin were all left out of the line-up and continued their physical preparations. But that did not prevent Salavat from recording a victory. Two goals from forward Rodion Amirov led the team to a 4-2 verdict.
Salavat Yulaev 4 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2 (1-1, 2-0, 1-1)
Goals: 1-0 Burmistrov (Sergeyev, Lisovets 9:16); 1-1 Sharifyanov (13:12); 2-1 Amirov (Kugryshev, Lisovets PP 24:10); 3-1 Amirov (Lisovets, Kugryshev PP 29:10); 3-2 Avtsin (41:44); 4-2 Majorov (Gareyev, Gimatov 55:56).
Goalies: Kareyev, Sokhatsky – Barulin, Ozolin
Unlike most KHL teams, Vityaz and Metallurg were already playing their second game of pre-season, having met last week in Garmisch Partenkirchen, where Magnitka is having its summer camp. Vityaz is based in Bressanone, Italy, barely two hours drive away, and was happy to welcome its rival to its temporary home. In Germany, Pavel Dorofeyev was the difference-maker in a 3-2 win for Metallurg but once over the border, Vityaz got revenge.
From the start, Mikhail Kravets’ team was out to prove a point. Within the first period, it jumped to a 3-0 lead. Metallurg battled back and got to within a single goal but could not salvage the game. Joonas Nattinen and Danila Kvartalnov scored two goals apiece for Vityaz, Viktor Antipin netted twice for Magnitka.
Vityaz Podolsk 4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 (3-0, 0-1, 1-2)
Goals: 1-0 Nattinen (Jormakka, Alltonen 7:00); 2-0 Kvartalnov (Jerabek, Shevchenko 10:00); 3-0 Nattinen (Aaltonen, Lajunen PP 18:51); 3-1 Antipin (Nekolenko 37:30); 4-1 Kvartalnov (Mons 46:03); 4-2 Minulin (Antipin 47:23); 4-3 Antipin (49:32)
Goalies: Samonov, Saprykin – Galimov, Nosov.