Severstal, in an unfamiliar new yellow jersey, produced a bright performance to defeat Avangard in overtime. The opening goal came midway through the first period when Denis Zernov caught Severstal on the counter and scored for the third game in a row. But Igor Geraskin tied the scores at the start of the second period and from then on there was no further scoring, despite some good play from Avangard late in the game.
Avangard Omsk 1 Severstal Cherepovets 2 OT (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Goals: 1-0 Zernov (Shirokov 7:23); 1-1 Geraskin (Vovchenko, Khabarov 20:19); 1-2 Grachyov (Morozov 63:20)
Goalies: Sudnitsin – Khakimov
Bob Hartley, head coach, Avangard
We’re working through our process. We had several new players on the ice and they’re still getting to know their team-mates. The first period was OK but then we had a couple of penalties. In the second, Severstal was much better than us. It was 1-1, the third period was our best spell of the game, we created several good chances but in overtime we were caught by a 2-on-1 rush.
Evgeny Mikhalkevich, coach, Severstal
We came here with the intention of playing two different teams, we brought six lines in total. That’s why we could make so many changes from the first game. In the first period we showed them too much respect, but during the intermission we reminded our guys that this was their chance to prove they were worth a place in the KHL. And they started to play, and not to watch these big-name players.
Sochi has enjoyed an impressive summer and came to Petersburg as one of the form teams in pre-season. Sergei Zubov’s team won the Sochi Hockey Open for the first time and enjoyed more success in the Czech Republic.
Torpedo, by contrast, had a mixed campaign in its home tournament and started here with a heavy loss against SKA. David Nemirovsky used goalie Andrei Tikhomirov ahead of Anders Lindback but the decision backfired. While he could do little about Stepan Starkov’s goal, Tikhomirov’s error allowed Vladislav Kaletnik to restore Sochi’s lead. A late counter-attack saw Denis Alexandrov put the issue beyond doubt as the Leopards enjoyed another summer success.
HC Sochi 3 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Starkov (11:20); 1-1 Genoway (21:01 PP); 2-1 Kaletnik (34:47); 3-1 Alexandrov (Arkhipov 55:32).
Goalies: Shikin – Tikhomirov