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There were just two games on Friday in the KHL, but no shortage of excitement. The best of the action came in Sochi, where the home team rallied from 0-3 down to defeat Avangard in overtime. Earlier, Salavat Yulaev also came from behind to defeat Severstal 3-1.

Severstal’s winning streak ends in Ufa

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 3 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (0-0, 1-1, 2-0)

Goals: 0-1 Yakovlev (Khlystov, Geraskin 24:55 PP); 1-1 Khokhryakov (Kugryshev 36:35); 2-1 Omark (Larsen, Hartikainen 51:30); 3-1 Soshnikov (Omark, Larsen 56:57 PP)

Goalies: Metsola – Podyapolsky

Severstal winning run came to an end in Ufa after Salavat Yulaev came from behind to halt the four-game streak.

Photo: 04.10.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Severstal (Cherepovets)

But the home side did not have it easy against Andrei Razin’s men. Despite enjoying the better of the first period, Salavat Yulaev could not score and fell behind early in the second when Yegor Yakovlev converted a power play chance. Yakovlev also demonstrated his impact in other areas, landing several hefty blows in a fight with Grigory Panin shortly after the goal.

However, Ufa steadily increased the pressure on Vladislav Podyapolsky’s net and drew level shortly before the intermission thanks to Pyotr Khokhryakov’s first goal of the season. Midway through the final frame, Linus Omark got away from the visiting defense to score from a fine Philip Larsen pass. Later Larsen and Omark combined for Nikita Soshnikov’s power play goal; the Scandinavian pair both have 6 (2+4) points from their last two games.

Stromvall inspires Sochi’s fightback

HC Sochi 4 Avangard Omsk 3 OT (0-2, 0-1, 3-0, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Pivtsakin (Semyonov 7:34); 0-2 Klinkhammer (Andrighetto, Shumakov 9:17 PP); 0-3 Klinkhammer (Shcherback 36:40); 1-3 Stromvall (Y. Alexandrov, Shmelyov 43:17); 2-3 D Alexandrov (Rosen 48:22); 3-3 Rosen (Stromvall, Kapustin 59:21); 4-3 Stromvall (Bertilsson 61:19 PP)

Goalies: Shikin – Bobkov

Malte Stromvall was the star for Sochi as the Black Sea team rallied from 0-3 down to defeat Avangard in overtime. The Swede got his team’s opening goal early in the third period to begin the fightback, had an assist as Robert Rosen tied the game in the last minute of regulation, then sealed the deal with an overtime winner.

Photo: 04.10.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. HC Sochi (Sochi) - Avangard (Omsk)

For two periods, this was straightforward for Avangard. The visitor jumped to a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes on goals from Nikita Pivtsakin and Rob Klinkhammer. The Canadian then added a third late in the second period as the visitor enjoyed a clear advantage on the ice and on the scoreboard.

In the third period, though, Sochi woke up and started playing the kind of hockey its fans would have liked to have seen from the start. Early in the frame, Malte Stromvall pulled a goal back amid a scramble on the slot. Visiting goalie Igor Bobkov was called into action more often and pulled off some good saves at close quarters, but he was beaten for a second time in the 49th minute when the Hawks failed to clear their lines and Denis Alexandrov fired home his first KHL from between the hash marks.

Avangard came close to increasing its lead when Yegor Martynov’s point shot looped up over Dmitry Shikin’s shoulder, but Alexandrov returned to his defensive duties and just about got it off the goal line with a combination of stick and skate. It took a video review to uphold the call on the ice, but the score remained at 2-3.

As the game went into the final couple of minutes, Sochi got a chance on the power play when Klinkhammer took a hooking minor. That numerical advantage was shortlived; home captain Ilya Krikunov soon followed him into the sin bin but the Leopards kept searching for the tying goal. Sochi got its reward when Rosen squeezed the puck home from a tight angle after Stromvall’s shot cannoned back off the boards.

In overtime another penalty had serious consequences for Avangard. Ville Pokka was sent to the sidelines and it took Stromvall just 14 seconds to find a shooting chance, firing a one-timer inside Bobkov’s far post off Simon Bertilsson’s feed.

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