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CSKA won its first pre-season game while Sochi went top of the table in its home tournament thanks to victory over Russia ‘B’. Lokomotiv escaped defeat against Dinamo Riga thanks to two goals in a minute late in the teams’ Sochi Hockey Open game. In China, Kunlun secured a place in the final of the Renaissance Cup thanks to a victory over Yermak.

Sochi Hockey Open

Dinamo Riga won a thriller against SKA last night – but was back on the ice less than 24 hours later for this game against Lokomotiv. The coaching staff returned Kristers Gudlevskis to the crease as starting goalie following Monday’s 11-goal epic.

Photo: 06.08.19. Sochi Hockey Open. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Dinamo (Riga)

Lokomotiv, soundly beaten by Russia ‘B’ on Monday, brought back Ilya Konovalov in place of Alexander Lazushin. The fledgling partnership between Ty Rattie and Anton Lander also made a return after its bright start on Saturday.

Much of this game was tight, with goals at a premium. But, with the scores tied at 1-1, the action exploded in the final minutes. David Ullstrom put Riga in front with just 130 seconds left to play. But Lokomotiv made full use of the remaining time. First, Rattie tied the scores then, exactly 60 seconds later, Alexander Kalinin gave Loko the verdict.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 Dinamo Riga 2 (1-0, 0-1, 2-1)

Goals: Kraskovsky (Polunin, Kovalenko PP 14:23); 1-1 Redlihs (Berzins, McMillan 38:39); 1-2 Ullstrom (Alisauskas, Redlihs 57:50); 2-2 Rattie (58:41); 3-2 Kalinin (59:41).

Goalies: Konovalov – Gudlevskis

Craig MacTavish, head coach, Lokomotiv

They warned me that when you’re playing Dinamo Riga you need to be ready for some aggressive hockey. Today I saw for myself just how hard this team works. We were a bit fortunate at the end of the game. Stephane da Costa is eager to get into the fray and wants to be involved against SKA tomorrow.

Girts Ankipans, head coach, Dinamo Riga

I like the way our team approached the game, even though I’m disappointed with the result. We just didn’t have the experience to close out the win. I don’t want to focus on individuals or single out Gudlevskis for losing concentration towards the end of the game.

Sochi moves in front on home ice

Neither HC Sochi nor Russia ‘B’ had tasted defeat in their first two games at the Sochi Hockey Open so Tuesday’s match-up was a battle for top spot. The stakes were high, but Russia ‘B’ head coach Oleg Bratash still opted to rest goalie Pyotr Kochetkov and defenseman Daniil Misyul and Yegor Zaitsev. Sochi continued with Ilya Proskuryakov in goal.

Photo: 06.08.19. Sochi Hockey Open. HC Sochi (Sochi) - Olympic Russia Team

The home team had the edge in the first period but the crowd of 3,511 had to wait until early in the second to celebrate a goal. Artyom Tomilin wrapped up a well-worked move to give Sochi the initiative. Team Russia looked out of sorts in the first two frames, managing just 11 shots on goal, but recovered in the third to tie the scores when Kirill Marchenko redirected a Danila Galenyuk shot into the net. However, Tomilin had the final say when he potted the winner in overtime.

Sergei Zubov, head coach, HC Sochi

We didn’t have the energy to play the kind of hockey we want for three full periods, but the guys did well to find a way to win it. Dmitry Arkhipov is training with the team; we’re monitoring his recovery and hope to see him in action soon.

Oleg Bratash, head coach, Russia ‘B’

It was really tough playing for the third day in a row. We gave everything, but there wasn’t much left in the tank. It’s no surprise that our youngest line was also our liveliest and it got our goal today.

HC Sochi 2 Russia ‘B’ 1 OT (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Tomilin (Shmelyov, Starikov 22:35); 1-1 Marchenko (Galenyuk 45:10); 2-1 Tomilin (Starikov 63:32)

Goalies: Proskuryakov - Melnichuk

   Team  P  W  OTW  OTL  L  F-A  Pts
 1.  HC Sochi      3  2  1  0  0  6-3  6
 2.  Russia 'B'    3      2     0  0  1  9-4        5    
 3.  Lokomotiv  3  2  0  0  1        7-7  4
 4.  Dinamo Riga  3  1  0  1  1  9-10  3
 5.  SKA  2  0  0  0  2  6-8  0
 6.  Avangard  2  0  0  0  2  4-7  0

Renaissance Cup

Kunlun Red Star made it three wins in a row at the Renaissance Cup in Beijing. Persevering with a KRS Select roster comprised largely of Chinese-eligible players, the tournament host defeated Yermak Angarsk 3-1 to secure a place in tomorrow’s final. There were some changes to the line-up, most notably with Cory Kane making his first appearance of the competition. Kane, who missed much of last season through injury, was in need of game time and duly contributed an assist on the opening goal.

That opener set up KRS for a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes, an advantage that it never relinquished. The victory sets up a final tomorrow against Arizona State University and a shot at revenge for a Red Star team that lost to the students on the opening day here.

Kunlun Red Star 3 Yermak Angarsk 1 (2-0, 0-1, 1-0)

KRS goals: 1-0 Seto (Kane 4:21); 2-0 Schultz (Ying, Tam 9:29); 3-1 Tam (58:23)

Exhibition game

The first pre-season game of the summer in Moscow saw Gagarin Cup holder CSKA take on Admiral. For the Army Men, back in Russia after a camp in Finland, this was the first action since lifting the cup. For Admiral, meanwhile, it was the fifth warm-up game of the current campaign.

Photo: 06.08.19. Friendly match. CSKA (Moscow) - Admiral (Vladivostok)

As expected, CSKA rested several of its big name players. There was no room on the roster for Ilya Sorokin, Kirill Kaprizov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Nesterov, Lars Johansson, Mikhail Naumenkov, Sergei Andronov, Sergei Kalinin or Ivan Telegin. But there was a debut for Czech forward Jiri Sekac, who joined the first line with Linden Vey and Sergei Tolchinsky. Bogdan Kiselevich also featured following his return to Moscow over the summer. For Admiral, Swedish defenseman Adam Almqvist made his debut.

It took just 30 seconds for CSKA to open the scoring, with Vey converting Alexander Popov’s pass. Shortly afterwards, fans were treated to a heavyweight bout as Artyom Chmykhov and Ivan Lisin squared up. The fight was inconclusive, both players took major penalties. CSKA continued to press but could not extend its lead in the first period. The second period followed a similar pattern – CSKA pressing, Admiral resisting – and the second goal of the game arrived moments before the intermission when Kirill Dyakov tied the scores.

Midway through the third Sekac got his first goal for his new club and that proved to the be game-winner. Anton Slepyshev’s shot late in the game led to a third goal to seal CSKA’s win.

CSKA Moscow 3 Admiral Vladivostok 1 (1-0, 0-1, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Vey (Popov 0:30); 1-1 Dyakov (A Streltsov, V Streltsov PP 39:59); 2-1 Sekac (Vey, Robinson 47:34); 3-1 Svetlakov (Slepyshev 55:45).

Goalies: Samoilov – Olkinuora

Igor Nikitin, head coach, CSKA

We took a lot of penalties, but that’s forgivable at this stage. The guys did well and showed their character. Pre-season games are a bit of a release. We could see the things that we’d want to see at this stage in our preparations. There are various reasons why teams might win or lose games, but that’s not so important in pre-season. What matters is that we are on the right course to prepare for the new season.

Jiri Sekac, forward, CSKA

It was my first game so it was really tough. I’m new here so I need to make more of an impact on the game, on the team. I’m still getting used to my new partners. Scoring the winner here definitely helps with that. I think a couple of games will be enough for me to adapt.

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