Salavat Yulaev wrapped up its pre-season program with two more victories to finish on a run of three wins in three days.
Tuesday brought a thrilling comeback success against Avtomobilist before Wednesday saw a youthful roster edge past Neftekhimik in a shoot-out.
Against Avto, Salavat Yulaev trailed 0-3 as the second period drew to a close but a Linus Omark goal seconds before the intermission gave Nikolai Tsulygin’s team a glimmer of hope. Avtomobilist will feel it should have closed the game out after Artyom Gareyev’s 54th-minute goal made it 4-2, but Ufa scored twice in the last 90 seconds thanks to Omark and Teemu Hartikainen to force overtime. Hartikainen then obliged with a shoot-out winner.
After all that excitement, Wednesday’s match-up with Neftekhimik saw an experimental line-up. Teenage forward Rodion Amirov, back from an outing with Russia’s U20s in Perm, took his chance with another goal to continue his impressive progress this summer as the teams tied 2-2 in regulation. It took another shoot-out to give us a winner and, once again, Salavat Yulaev came out on top.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 5 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4 SO (0-0, 1-3, 3-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Goals: 0-1 Popov (23:42); 0-2 Dawes (Holland, Obidin 37:16 PP); 0-3 Gareyev (Obidin, Kucheryavenko 38:48); 1-3 Omark (Manninen, Larsen 39:52); 2-3 Burmistrov (Arzamastsev 47:53 PP); 2-4 Gareyev (Vasilevsky, Obidin 56:03); 3-4 Omark (Hartikainen, Manninen 58:32 PP); 4-4 Hartikainen (Omark, Burmistrov 59:32); 5-4 Hartikainen (65:00 penalty shot)
Goalies: Metsola – Kovar
Salavat Yulaev 3 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2 SO (1-1, 0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Kuzmin (2:29); 1-1 Mitchell (Poryadin,White 10:05 PP); 2-1 Amirov (Pustozyorov 52:02); 2-2 Groshev (Shiksatdarov 52:17); 3-2 Pimenov (65:00 penalty shot)
Admiral’s final pre-season game brought a victory at Spartak – but the Sailors effectively had to win the game twice. A strong first period saw Sergei Sleptsov’s team jump to a 3-0 lead, only for Spartak to steadily chip away at that lead and eventually force overtime on a tying goal from Kaspars Daugavins midway through the third period. However, Admiral kept calm and got the winner in the first minute of the extras when Oleg Lomako’s one-timer beat Nikita Bespalov.
Spartak Moscow 3 Admiral Vladivostok 4 OT (0-3, 1-0, 2-0, 0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Voronin (Bobryashov, Olkinuora 6:55); 0-2 Dyakov (13:13); 0-3 Almqvist (Lalond 18:45 PP); 1-3 Yunkov (Tsyplakov, Nikishin 26:51); 2-3 Zubov (Nikontsev, Fyodorov 40:41); 3-3 Daugavins (Rylov 50:32); 60:51 Lomako (Ugolnikov, Dyakov 60:51 PP)
Goalies: Bespalov - Olkinuora
Amur’s latest pre-season game brought an overtime win over Austrian team Linz on Tuesday. The Khabarovsky team was down 2-4 in the third period but battled back to tie it up before Anton Lazarev got the winner in the 63rd minute. Amur plays the final game of its summer program on Thursday against Motor Ceske Budejovice.
Amur Khabarovsk 5 Linz 4 OT (1-2, 1-1, 2-1, 1-0)
Amur goals: 1-1 T Zohorna (Faizullin, H Zohorna 16); 2-2 H Zohorna (T Zohorna 29); 3-4 Gorshkov (Turbin 46); 4-4 (Kapiturov (51); 5-4 Lazarev (Vitacek, Golubev 63)