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Saturday saw Dinamo Minsk and Barys in cup action. Dinamo suffered a defeat in its Belarusian Cup semi-final at Dinamo Molodechno, while Barys missed out on the Lehner Trophy after a defeat against tournament host HC Zug in Switzerland. There were exhibition game wins for Traktor, Sochi and Ak Bars.

Exhibition games

Traktor edges to victory in Ufa

Salavat Yulaev and Traktor played the first of two practice games in Ufa. The visitor handed a debut to new signing Andrew Calof, who slotted into the second line alongside Fyodor Malykhin and Alexei Kruchinin. However, the only impression he made on the scoresheet was a first-period penalty.

The only goal of the game arrived thanks to some other new arrivals in Chelyabinsk. Sergei Konkov and Ruslan Karlin set up Yegor Fateyev; all three signed with the club over the summer. But the decisive role was played by Traktor’s established goalie Vasily Demchenko, who stopped all 28 of the pucks that came his way.

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 0 Traktor Chelyabinsk 1 (0-0, 0-1, 0-0)

Goal: 0-1 Fateyev (Konkov, Karlin 37:34)

Goalies: Metsola – Demchenko

Neftekhimik still seeks first win

A few days ago, Ak Bars enjoyed a convincing 5-1 victory over Neftekhimik at the President of Kazakhstan Cup. Today the teams met again in Nizhnekamsk with the home team looking for its first victory of the summer. Ak Bars continued with new goalie Adam Reideborn and sent out Patrice Cormier, Matt Frattin and Justin Azevedo on the first line.

It took a long time to produce the opening goal but in the 57th minute the teams awoke and traded two quickfire markers. Mikhail Fisenko put Ak Bars in front only for Alexander Rybakov to tie it up right away. In overtime there was no hanging around: it took just 20 seconds for Azevedo to apply the knock-out blow. Neftekhimik has now suffered seven defeats in pre-season.

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1 Ak Bars Kazan 2 (0-0, 0-0, 1-1, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 Fisenko (Petrov 56:03); 1-1 Rybakov (Padakin, Chernikov 56:53); 1-2 Azevedo (Wickstrand 60:20)

Goalies: Sharychenkov – Riedeborn

Five in a row for Sochi

HC Sochi played its first game since winning the Sochi Hockey Open, and continued on its victorious run. A fast start against Sparta Prague built a solid foundation that proved sufficient to withstand a fightback from the Czechs in the third period.

The opening stanza was impressive, with Sochi jumping to a 3-0 lead. Late in the middle frame, the home team made it four. But there was no calm conclusion to events. Sparta, 10th in the Czech Extraliga last season, came close to forcing overtime as it clawed back three of those four goals. In the end, though, Sergei Zubov’s team held on and recorded its fifth victory of the summer.

HC Sochi 4 Sparta Prague 3 (3-0, 1-0, 0-3)

Sochi goals: 1-0 Arkhipov (PP 6:36); 2-0 Nazarevich (Tochinsky 12:52); 3-0 Lugin (Pogorishny 15:46); 4-0 Alexandrov (39:54)

Goalie: Akhmetov

Ruslan Salei Trophy

Dinamo Minsk defeated in cup semi-final

The Belarusian Hockey Cup, which started on August 1, reached the semi-final stage and Dinamo Minsk joined the fray. However, the KHL team’s bid to lift the Ruslan Salei Trophy came to an abrupt end with a 2-4 loss against Dinamo Molodechno of the Belarus Extraliga.

Craig Woodcroft named a strong roster for the game, having promised an improvement after a team heavy on try-outs and youth prospects had a tough time at the Governor’s Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, but Dinamo found itself 0-2 down inside seven minutes. In the third period, Minsk hit back and recovered to 2-3, only to be sunk when it allowed a fourth goal nine seconds from time.

Dinamo Molodechno 4 Dinamo Minsk 2 (2-0, 1-0, 1-2)

Goals: 1-0 Lisichkin (Zubritsky 1:08); 2-0 Zubritsky (Boyarchuk 6:15); 3-0 Boyarchuk (Sheleg, Voronov 36:46 PP); 3-1 Gotovets (Pare 45:54); 3-2 Pavlovich (58:11 SH); 4-2 Lisichkin (Kuchkin, Boyarchuk 59:51)

Goalies: Ivanov – Enroth

Lehner Cup

Barys misses out in final

Barys had a chance to collect its second trophy of the summer when it took on HC Zug in a de facto Lehner Cup final in Switzerland. However, it was not to be. Andrei Skabelka’s team fell behind early on and never quite caught up with the host. Zug was lifted by a first goal for the club from former Metallurg forward Jan Kovar.

HC Zug 5 Barys Nur-Sultan 3 (1-1, 2-1, 2-1)

Barys goals: 1-1 Shestakov (Panyukov, Petukhov 11:58); 3-2 Yevdokimov (Sagadeyev 33:01); 4-3 Akolzin (Sagadeyev 53:34)

Goalie: Pasquale

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