Barys celebrated victory in this tournament by edging Salavat Yulaev in the concluding game of the week. The host rested leading scorer Dustin Boyd and gave a first appearance to defenseman Valery Orekhov. Salavat Yulaev sent out a strong roster, including all its imports and returning Maxim Mayorov and Grigory Panin to the fray after resting them last time.
Barys took the lead with its first power play of the game: Anton Sagadeyev and Nikita Mikhailis broke at pace and the latter finished off the move. Salavat Yulaev tied it up in the second period thanks to Mayorov, who capitalized on a breakdown in the Barys defense. That was the end of the scoring in regulation, but Iiro Pakarinen gave Barys the verdict in the shoot-out.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 1 Barys Nur-Sultan 2 (0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Mikhailis (Blacker, Sagadeyev 12:31 PP); 1-1 Mayorov (Pashnin 22:18); 1-2 Pakarinen (65:00 penalty shot)
Goalie: Metsola – Pasquale
Andrei Skabelka, head coach, Barys
We wanted to win every game, but we also wanted to give game time to all our players. Something worked out well, others didn’t, but you’d expect that at this stage.
Nikita Mikhailis, forward, Barys
This year is the anniversary edition of this tournament, so we were especially eager to win it. We were up for it in every game we played. Prior to this, we had three weeks of hard work at the start of pre-season. It brought our group together and now we’re ready for anything.
Nikita Soshnikov, forward, Salavat Yulaev
I didn’t play for a long time, even though I kept up my training throughout. Now I just need to get back into my rhythm. I’m pretty happy with how I played here. It feels great being part of this group, I already know a lot of these guys.
Avtomobilist and Ak Bars came into this game with a theoretical chance of winning the cup if Barys slipped up in its final game – but the final outcome ensured that neither team could stop the host.
Both head coaches iced stronger rosters, using their imports and newcomers after resting them yesterday. Despite the return of the big hitters, though, it took more than half an hour to produce a goal. Then two came at once: Justin Azevedo put Ak Bars in front but 22 seconds later Brooks Macek tied the scores.
The game remained tight, but Ak Bars looked to be heading to victory when Vladimir Tkachyov made it 3-2 in the 55th minute. A fourth goal was disallowed before a Maxim Berezin point shot tied the scores with 40 seconds left. Overtime was inconclusive so it went to a shoot-out, with Nigel Dawes potting the game winner for Avto.
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4 Ak Bars Kazan 3 (0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 0-0, 1-0)
Goals: 0-1 Azevedo (31:13); 1-1 Macek (Litovchenko, Dawes 31:35); 1-2 Yarullin (Zaripov 45:51 PP); 2-2 Sexton (47:53 SH); 2-3 Tkachyov (Yudin, Galiyev 54:18); 3-3 Berezin (Litovchenko, Sexton 59:20); 4-3 Dawes (65:00 penalty shot)
Goalies: Kovar – Bilyalov
Nigel Dawes, forward, Avtomobilist
There wasn’t much between these teams during the game. When they got ahead late in the game we managed to recover and force it into overtime. That’s really important for encouraging a battling spirit in the team and giving us character.
Dmitry Kvartalnov, head coach, Ak Bars
This was our first pre-season tournament. We’re not happy with all of it, there are things that we need to work on. Today wasn’t a bad game but unfortunately we couldn’t hold on at the end and get the win. Allowing a goal with 40 seconds left is too great a luxury.