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Vityaz was unable to win in Cherepovets, but its point from a shoot-out loss to Severstal was enough to secure a playoff place in the West. That means Sochi and Torpedo will fight it out for the last remaining place. The Leopards defeated its closest rival in overtime today, but Torpedo is in the stronger position as the season draws to a close. Elsewhere, Czech forward Lukas Sedlak scored twice in Traktor’s 4-0 win over Sibir, setting a club record for regular season goals in the KHL. Admiral beat Dinamo Riga 3-1 in the early game.

Riga’s upswing ends in Vladivostok

Admiral Vladivostok 3 Dinamo Riga 1 (0-0, 1-0, 2-1)

Both of these teams are out of playoff contention, but both had something to play for here. Dinamo was going for a third successive win, something it hasn’t achieved all season. Admiral, meanwhile, was looking to defeat the Latvians on home ice for the first time since 2013.

Admiral also had to contend with injuries and illness, limiting its options on the roster. But the home team still seized the initiative in a goalless first period before finally getting in front late in the second. Shawn Lalonde’s excellent long-range pass set up Nikita Korostelyov to open the scoring.

The final stanza began with another eye-catching assist as Markus Ljungh set up Denis Vikharev to make it 2-0. Proceedings were further enlivened by a couple of fights – Gimayev vs Osipov followed by Gillies vs Lalonde – before Carter Ashton put Riga back in the game with six minutes left. But hopes of a fightback were extinguished when a breakdown in the Admiral zone enabled Ljungh to score into the empty net and seal the win.

Sedlak sets new club record

Traktor Chelyabinsk 4 Sibir Novosibirsk 0 (0-0, 1-0, 3-0)

Chelyabinsk forward Lukas Sedlak scored twice in this game to set a new club record for goals in a KHL regular season. The Czech forward moves to 23 in the current campaign, ahead of the 22 scored by Evgeny Skachkov in 2009/10.

Photo: 22.02.20. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Traktor (Chelyabinsk) - Sibir (Novosibirsk Region)

Sedlak’s goals set the seal on a resounding victory for Traktor as Sibir was punished for failing to take its chances. The visitor had the better of the first period but was unable to find a way past Ivan Fedotov in the home net. Fedotov would go on to make 37 saves in total as he enjoyed back-to-back shut-outs.

Early in the second, Traktor ran into penalty trouble and had to kill a 3-on-5 situation. However, as soon as Nick Bailen emerged from the box he headed off on the counter and grabbed the opening goal. Then the Czechs took over. Tomas Hyka doubled the advantage midway through the third, then Sedlak scored twice in a minute to set that record.

Sochi stays alive but it’s advantage Torpedo

HC Sochi 1 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 0 OT (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Sochi kept its playoff hopes alive with a narrow overtime win over Torpedo – but the bonus point for the visitor might prove crucial in the race for the top eight. The tie in regulation means that David Nemirovsky’s team maintains a three-point lead over Sochi, with just two games left for the Leopards to haul themselves into a playoff place.

With so much at stake, neither team was willing to over commit on offense in the early stages. The first period produced few chances, with Torpedo having more possession but Sochi getting slightly more shots on goal. That proved to be the pattern for much of the 60 minutes, with the home team asking more questions of Anders Lindbak but struggling to generate clear looks at the Swede’s net.

Finally, the breakthrough came three minutes into the extras. Lindbak had already stopped a one-on-one from Malte Stromwall but could do nothing when Denis Mosalyov set up Sergei Shmelyov for the gamewinner.

Now Sochi must win its two remaining games – against Severstal and CSKA. Torpedo, meanwhile, can secure its place if it manages at least an overtime loss at home to Jokerit.

Vityaz secures playoff place despite loss

Severstal Cherepovets 2 Vityaz Moscow Region 1 SO (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Vityaz confirmed a top-eight finish after forcing a tie at Severstal. The bonus point for the Moscow Region team is enough to guarantee another trip to the playoffs, despite ultimately losing out in a shoot-out in Cherepovets.

Severstal’s season is already effectively over, but after seeing its playoff dream fade, Andrei Razin’s team has put together a strong finish. Today’s game was its fourth win in five outings and the home team began strongly, dominating the first period and taking the lead with a goal from Vladislav Kodola after four minutes.

That marker came on the power play, and so did the Vityaz response early in the second period. Captain Alexander Semin was the scorer, another important contribution from one of his team’s key players this season.

In the third, Vityaz worked hard to grab the winning goal that would rubberstamp its playoff ticket. However, it was not to be and the visitor was forced to settle for a tie and the knowledge that a single point would be just enough. And just as well; the shoot-out went to the host, with Alexander Petunin settling it in the Steelmen’s favor.

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