For its game against the Governor’s Cup Team, which was hastily assembled to replace Kunlun after the Chinese team was unable to travel, Metallurg was without several key players. Dennis Rasmussen was recovering from an injury sustained in yesterday’s win over Severstal while the likes of Sergei Mozyakin, Nikolai Kulemin and Paul Postma were all rested. For the second day in a row, Magnitka’s forwards faced goalie Rafael Khakimov; yesterday he played for Severstal.
Khakimov was in for a busy afternoon. The first two periods saw Metallurg post a 35-6 advantage on the shot count. However, that pressure delivered just one goal when Eric O’Dell opened the scoring early in the second stanza.
There was a shock on the way at the start of the third when, after all that pressure, Metallurg found itself tied following Alexander Shepelev’s goal. However, there would be no surprise result. Dmitry Buinitsky restored Magnitka’s lead with a power play goal 10 minutes from the end and Maksim Matushkin sealed the deal late on.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 Team Governor’s Cup 1 (0-0, 1-0, 2-1)
Goals: 1-0 O’Dell (Buinitsky, Vereshchagin 23:34); 1-1 Shepelev (Gospodynko, Shabanov 42:49); 2-1 Buinitsky (Dronov, Kozun 50:59 PP); 3-1 Matushkin (59:18 SH, empty net)
Viktor Kozlov, coach, Metallurg
Before this game we wanted to look at our youngsters, give them a chance to prove themselves. Sure, they made mistakes, but we also saw progress, character, a will to win. Of course, we’d have liked more on the power play. Rasmussen has an injury, right now we can’t say how serious it is.
Traktor named all of its imports for its second game of the competition, with the exception of recent acquisition Andrew Calof. Severstal, meanwhile, handed debuts to goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky and forward Ansel Galimov.
Galimov was involved in the first big moment of the game – but not in a way he’d have wanted. The Severstal newcomer took out Yaroslav Kosov on his way to goal and the resultant penalty shot was dispatched one-handed in the manner of Peter Forsberg. Kosov, currently on a try-out with Traktor, certainly impressed the Chelyabinsk coaching staff there.
Early in the second period, Severstal got back into the game. A power play situation saw Dmitry Markovin turn Daniil Vovchenko’s pass into the net to tie the scores. But the winner came from Traktor youngster Alexander Podkorytov. The 21-year-old got his first ever tally against KHL opposition to move Traktor level on points with Metallurg in the tournament standings.
Traktor Chelyabinsk 2 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (1-0, 0-1, 1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Kosov (3:38 penalty shot); 1-1 Markovin (Vovchenko, Khokhlov 24:46 PP); 2-1 Podkorytov (Bailen 46:28)
Goalies: Demchenko – Podyapolsky
Peteris Skudra, head coach, Traktor
It was a good, competitive game. We took a lot of penalties but looked OK on the penalty kill. And the overall quality of the game was rather better. In these evening games, the ice isn’t always at its best and the puck bounces around a bit. Therefore we need to be more accurate with our passing.
Ansel Galimov, forward, Severstal
Physically I feel fine but tactically I’m not ready yet. It takes time to get used to the demands of a new coach. That’s why we need pre-season, so we can start the KHL with good understanding on each line. I think Severstal will be in good shape by the start of the season. Why did I choose to come here? The club approached me and I wasn’t going to refuse. I’m 28 years old, I need to be playing hockey, not sitting on the sidelines.
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