Metallurg is a regular fixture at this tournament and Sergei Mozyakin is a proven difference maker, so it was little surprise that the first game was decided by his goal. The KHL’s record scorer was surprisingly used on the third line alongside Vladimir Galuzin and Denis Parshin but he still popped up with his team’s second goal in this game. Before that, Roman Lyubimov was hauled down on his approach to the net but picked himself up to convert the subsequent penalty shot. Daniil Vovchenko pulled one back for Severstal early in the third period but there was no way back for the Cherepovets team.
Severstal Cherepovets 1 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 (0-0, 0-2, 1-0)
Goals: 0-1 Lyubimov (29:41 penalty shot), 0-2 Mozyakin (Vereshchagin 36:10); 1-2 Vovchenko (Sulak, Geraskin (44:54)
Goalies: Khakimov – Koshechkin
Andrei Razin, head coach, Severstal
I enjoyed the game. I’m not too worried about the final score; we improved in every period and created chances. After the game the players accepted that pre-season is a process, everything’s OK, we just need to keep working. Our first game of the season is on September 2 so our task is to make sure we’re at our peak for that one.
When will Ansel Galimov join the team?
He’s already here and training with us. He might play tomorrow.
Josef Jandac, head coach, Metallurg
We had some good chances in the second period but in the third our opponent already played better. Our leaders aren’t quite ready, you could see that they are still getting up to speed. Dennis Rasmussen picked up an injury, he hurt his leg in his second shift. We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow.
How do you feel about playing on different-sized ice pads?
It’s hard. Playing on different ice is a big difference, almost a different kind of sport. Why can’t we have one size that everyone plays on?
Game two saw a first appearance for the hastily assembled Governor’s Cup team. Playing in red jerseys and drawn from the ranks of the three teams that made it to Chelyabinsk. Two lines came from Traktor, the host, with one each from Metallurg and Severstal. They played under the guidance of head coach Mikhail Smelnitsky, who usually works with Traktor’s VHL affiliate.
The change of plans did not discourage fans from coming to the game – almost 5,000 turned up. They saw a youthful Traktor roster, stripped of its imports, ease to a 5-2 victory. Young defenseman Bogdan Zhilyakov opened the scoring with an early power play effort, his first for Traktor, but the host found itself behind early in the second period after Ilya Zinovyev and Ivan Zakharchuk converted power play opportunities at the other end. That lead was short-lived, though, and Traktor eased to a 5-2 verdict. Alexei Kruchinin, back at the club after a season with SKA, had three points and the result was crowned by a debut goal from new signing Sergei Konkov.
Traktor Chelyabinsk 5 Governor’s Cup Team 2 (1-1, 4-1, 0-0)
Goals: 1-0 Zhilyakov (Glinkin, Sholokhov 3:32 PP); 1-1 Zinoviev (Shabanov 15:33 PP); 1-2 Zakharchuk (Alexeyev, Grachev 22:04 PP); 2-2 Kruchinin (Kalinin 22:50); 3-2 Kruchinin (Malykhin 26:58 PP); 4-2 Karlin (35:51); 5-2 Konkov (Malykhin, Kruchinin 39:05).
Goalies: Fedotov – Nosov
Alexei Kruchinin, forward, Traktor
Our line didn’t play together during our camp in Slovenia, so it was hard work today. New coaching, a new system – we’re getting used to a lot of little things. That’s why we were thinking on the ice more than playing. There are things to work on, but we scored some good goals and played some nice hockey.
At SKA you didn’t get much game time. How does it feel to be getting more time on the ice now?
I’m unbelievably happy. I really missed playing hockey regularly, and especially I missed that sense that people were relying on me, that they had their hopes on me. That’s really important for me.
Nikolai Zavarukhin’s team concluded its time in Finland with a third victory in this tournament, organized by HPK. After defeating the host in a shoot-out and edging Lahti Pelicans 3-2 in overtime, the last game, against German opposition, was more one-sided. Four unanswered goals in the first period set Sibir on its way and the team already led 6-0 before Alexei Krasikov was beaten by a couple of late consolation efforts.
Sibir Novosibirsk 6 Frankfurt Lions 2 (4-0, 1-0, 1-2)
Sibir goals: 1-0 Romayev (3:07); 2-0 Pervushin (Komarov 5:40); 3-0 Sharov (Loginov 8:15); 4-0 Zyryanov (19:08); 5-0 Loginov (26:44 PP); 6-0 Chesalin (40:59).