After beating Znojmo 4-1 in its opening game, Admiral was already effectively assured of a place in the playoff round at the Kusy Memorial trophy. And there was a good chance of topping the group, given that the next game for Sergei Svetlov’s team was against a Kosice team that finished a disappointing fourth in the Slovak championship last season.
When Alexander Ugolnikov opened the scoring midway through the first period everything seemed to be on track. But the Sailors ran into penalty trouble and struggled with their penalty kill. After 40 minutes, it was 4-1 to Kosice. Marcel Hascak, who played two seasons in the KHL with Dinamo Riga and Amur Khabarovsk, scored three and assisted on the other.
The fightback started early in the third with Martin Bakos scoring after just eight seconds. However, the comeback fell short. Even so, losing by just one goal ensures that Admiral will finish in the top two and progress to the next stage. Oddly, due to the scoring system in the tournament, the team also earned a point despite losing in regulation time.
Admiral Vladivostok 4 HC Kosice 5 (1-2, 0-2, 3-1)
Goals: 1-0 Ugolnikov (Ibatullin 9:53); 1-1 Hascak (Chovan, Koch 13:46 PP); 1-2 Hascak (Chovan, Majdan 18:24); 1-3 Skokan (Hascak, Chovan 28:37 PP); 1-4 Hascak (Bellus 32:37 PP); 2-4 Bakos (Lalond 40:08); 2-5 Skokan (48:35); 3-5 Ibatullin (49:18 PP); 4-5 Lomako (Ugolnikov 54:56 PP).
Goalies: Olkinuora – Kosaristan
One of the oddities of the organization of this tournament was the qualification system for the playoff round. Even though Hradec Kralove defeated Amur 7-0 in the opening game, it wasn’t assured of progress. Defeat against Dynamo Pardubice, followed by an Amur win over the same opponent, would see the tournament host finish third in the group.
And so it happened. Yesterday, Dynamo defeated Hradec Kralove 5-2. Today, Amur leapt out of the blocks with two goals in 150 seconds and went on to win 6-3, jumping from last to first in the group. Amur had two pairs of brothers on the roster: the Ushenins combined for one goal in the second period, but the Zohornas went one better as their line contributed to two in the game.
Amur Khabarovsk 6 Dynamo Pardubice 3 (3-1, 3-2, 0-0)
Goals: 1-0 Kapiturov (Yazkov 2:03); 2-0 Vitacek (T. Zohorna 2:31); 2-1 Mikus (Locke, Tibor 9:49); 3-1 Koryagin (Velichkin 15:39); 4-1 Vy Ushenin (Lazarev, Vl Ushenin 25:28); 5-1 H Zohorna (T Zohorna 26:42 PP); 5-2 Tibor (Kousal 28:34); 5-3 Pulicek (Lorraine 35:38); 6-3 Rudenkov (Jordan, Rasskazov 38:39 PP).
Goalies: Langhamer - Kacetl
After finishing last at the Sochi Hockey Open, SKA had a better result in Finland with victory over Jokerit. The Finns had won their two previous warm-up game but tasted defeated for the first time here despite taking the lead early on through Henrik Haapala. Sergei Plotnikov soon tied the scores and Alexei Byvaltsev potted the winner midway through the second period.
Jokerit Helsinki 1 SKA St. Petersburg 2 (1-1, 0-1, 0-0)
Goals: 1-0 Haapala (Eronen 5:48); 1-1 Plotnikov (Tkachyov, Zubarev 7:21); 1-2 Byvaltsev (Lehtera, Plotnikov 28:02).
Goalies: Niemi – Nalimov
The Gagarin Cup holder began its Hockeyades campaign against HC Lausanne and claimed a 2-0 verdict despite icing a weakened roster. The top line feature Jiri Sekac, Linden Vey and Maxim Mamin, while the fourth line was comprised of youngsters with limited KHL experience.
HC Lausanne 0 CSKA Moscow 2 (0-1, 0-1, 0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Slepyshev (18:00); 0-2 Mamin (38:43)
Goalies: Stephan - Sorokin