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Dynamo Moscow picked up its first silverware of the season with victory at the Governor’s Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, while Khumo Tashkent sprung a surprise in the bronze-medal game against Dinamo Minsk.

Dynamo takes the cup back to Moscow

The prospect of a Torpedo – Dynamo final ensured a decent crowd at the Nagorny Arena. The two coaches took differing approaches. For Torpedo, David Nemirovsky largely stuck with the line-up that defeated Dinamo Minsk yesterday to put his team in the final. Vladimir Krikunov’s Dynamo team, meanwhile, brought back his big hitters, including Vadim Shipachyov and Andre Petersson for the decisive game of the tournament.

Photo: 11.08.19. Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor`s Cup. Dynamo (Moscow) - Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod)

Dynamo was the first to show. In the sixth minute Ivan Muranov opened the scoring and the middle frame saw Andrei Alexeyev double the lead. But there was something of a turning point in the 37th minute when Yegor Zaitsev’s foul on Sergei Goncharuk saw the Dynamo man sent to the locker room. Subsequently, Torpedo had the better of the game but could not find the net until Pavel Varfolomeyev reduced the arrears in the closing minutes. It was too late to save the game, and Dynamo received the trophy after completing the tournament without a single loss.

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1 Dynamo Moscow 2 (0-1, 0-1, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Muranov (Zaitsev, Afinogenov 5:38); 0-2 Alexeyev (Bryukvin 29:53); 1-2 Varfolomeyev (Alyayev 56:39)

Goalies: Lindback – Bocharov

Player awards:

Best goalie: Ivan Bocharov (Dynamo Moscow)
Best defenseman: Juuso Hietanen (Dynamo Moscow)
Best forward: Jordan Schroder (Torpedo)

Vladimir Krikunov, head coach, Dynamo Moscow

Winning this tournament wasn’t easy. You could see for yourselves how the games here were played. If I had to pick out a single game, I’d look at the first meeting with Torpedo. In the final I think we played with our strongest line-up. I think even now I can say that Ivan Bocharov will be our goalie for the start of the season. Last year he played more than Alexander Yeryomenko.

Ivan Muratov, forward, Dynamo Moscow

The final felt like a KHL game. The atmosphere in the arena was almost like a playoff game. We went through the whole tournament without reducing our workload and it was only in the last couple of days that we eased off our training schedule. It helped that we could keep rotating the team, bringing six lines here meant that nobody could afford to relax.

David Nemirovsky, head coach, Torpedo

We got to see our reserves in action. Part of the team will go to our farm club, but Sergei Goncharuk and Andrei Belevich will continue to train with the senior team. In addition, we will need to make adjustments because of Daniil Veryayev’s injury. Anders Lindback will definitely be our starting goalie this season.

Poor discipline hurts Minsk

Despite yesterday’s 2-6 loss against Torpedo, Dinamo Minsk was not about to change its plans for this tournament. Head coach Craig Woodcroft stuck with his policy of giving game time to as many players as possible as he runs the rule over the candidates for a roster spot in the coming campaign. Andrei Kostitsyn and Francis Pare were among the leading players left out of the team, while defenseman Kirill Gotovets made a return. Khumo continued with the roster that it had used throughout the competition.

The scoring started early: Alexei Pepelyayev’s point shot whistled into the net after just 44 seconds and midway through the opening frame Ivan Yatsenko doubled the lead on the power play. After that, there was no way back for Dinamo. Two more power play goals in the second period saw Khumo build a commanding lead and it was 5-0 at the second intermission. Alexander Pavlovich got a consolation goal in the third, but a Dinamo roster heavy on triallists slumped to last place in the tournament.

Dinamo Minsk 1 Khumo Tashkent 5 (0-2, 0-3, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Pepelyayev (0:44); 0-2 Yatsenko (Grigorenko, Zdunov 10:44 PP); 0-3 Grigorenko (Merezhko 23:52 PP); 0-4 Zdunov (Grigorenko 27:06 PP); 0-5 Grigorenko (Yatsenko 25:02); 1-5 Pavlovich (Martynov, Kitarov)

Goalies: Kulbakov (Tolopilo) – Smiryagin

Craig Woodcroft, head coach, Dinamo Minsk

The tournament offered a big opportunity to our younger players. Some of them managed to reach a new level in their game, some of them didn’t. During the summer two of our top defensemen, Khenkel and Lisovets, left for other clubs. We’re looking for players who can fill the gap. I can definitely say that there will be changes on the roster after this tournament.

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