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An overtime goal from Nikita Soshnikov saw Salavat Yulaev come out on top in its home tournament, winning the Republic of Bashkortostan Cup in its 20th anniversary season. In Magnitogorsk, Avtomobilist was unable to secure the Romazan Memorial Cup, going down 1-3 to Sibir. The Siberians, and host team Metallurg, are still in with a chance of clinching top spot tomorrow.

Republic of Bashkortostan Cup

Pilut pots overtime winner for Traktor

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 3 Traktor Chelyabinsk 4 OT (0-1, 2-0, 1-2, 0-1)

The final day of the Republic of Bashkortostan Cup began with Traktor taking on Neftekhimik. Both teams were in with a theoretical chance of winning the competition but knew that the final outcome would be decided by the evening game between Salavat Yulaev and Severstal.

That didn’t prevent the two from putting on a bit of a show, with a small group of fans even travelling from Chelyabinsk to Ufa to support Traktor. They saw summer signing Roman Will play in goal, while star defenseman Nick Bailen sat this one out. Head coach Anvar Gatiyatulin was another notable absentee, with coaching duties taken by his assistants.

Neftekhimik, meanwhile, opted to rest experienced forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Vladimir Galuzin, with youngsters Andrei Chivilev, Mikhail Byakin and Maxim Polkin given a chance to stake their claims for a place on the team.

Traktor took an early lead when Vyacheslav Osnovin scored in the third minute and Yaroslav Kosov might have doubled that advantage soon after. Instead, though, he missed the target and it wasn’t until midway through the third period that we saw another goal. Alexander Kucheryavenko was the scorer, catching out Will and tying the scores. Soon afterwards, Byakin made it 2-1 to Neftekhimik.

At the start of the third, Traktor rallied. Dmitry Ogurtsov scored his first for his new club to tie the game before Kosov atoned for his earlier miss by making it 3-2. That wasn’t quite enough to win in — Kucheryavenko got his second of the game late on to force overtime. But Traktor would not be denied, with Lawrence Pilut potting his first goal since moving to Chelyabinsk and securing an overtime win.

Ogurtsov was content with his new team’s progress through the week. “It’s a warm-up tournament so it’s a bit early to start drawing conclusions about our play,” he said. “We’re under a heavy workload, we’ve had a good, hard pre-season so far. But of course it was good to win today, we want to win every game we play, but the most important thing was to get used to our system, try out different partnership, understand the requirements of our new coaches. They’ve told me what they expect from me and, like any defenseman, it starts with keeping the puck out of our net.”

Neftekhimik was unable to compete for the top spot in this tournament and head coach Vyacheslav Butsayev admitted: “We saw our weaknesses during the week. I can’t say that we were missing this or that. Our pre-season program is on-going, we need to remind our players what they can and can’t get away with at this level. All our new players are settling in, I’m pleased with some of them, less happy with others. But that’s a normal working process, I won’t be singling anyone out.”

Soshnikov gives Ufa the trophy

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

An overtime winner from Nikita Soshnikov secured Salavat Yulaev victory in its home tournament. Thursday’s success over Severstal gave Tomi Lamsa’s team five points from its three games, one ahead of Traktor. Severstal and Neftekhimik were tied on three.

Photo: 13.08.20. The Republic of Bashkortostan Cup - 2020. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Severstal (Cherepovets)

After going goal crazy against Neftekhimik on Tuesday, Ufa had to be patient in this game. Severstal’s young, energetic roster provided a real test for a home team that went into action with a close to full-strength line-up.

The opening goal came midway through the second period and it went to Vladislav Kara. Severstal’s summer signing scored off a David Dumbadze assist, with the latter continuing to press his case for a bigger role after arriving in the KHL this summer.

The Steelmen restored several more experienced players to the team after relying on a very youthful line-up in Tueday’s victory over Traktor and, for a time, it seemed that Andrei Razin’s team might pull off a surprise win. But there’s power in Ufa’s top line, even without Linus Omark, and that was enough to save the game for Salavat Yulaev. Markus Granlund potted the equalizer off an assist from Soshnikov to force the game into overtime. And in the extras Kara took a slashing call, Salavat Yulaev pulled goalie Juha Metsola to force a 5-on-3 power play, and Soshnikov converted the chance to win the game and the tournament for the home team.

Salavat Yulaev has now won this tournament 10 times in its history. The host team also collected two individual awards, with Metsola voted top goalie and Soshnikov finishing as top scorer. Traktor’s Lawrence Pilut was the best defenseman and best forward went to Alexander Kucheryavenko of Neftekhimik.

Standings

   Team  G  W  WOT  LOT  L  P
 1.  Salavat Yulaev  3  1  1  1  0  13-8  5
 2.  Traktor  3  0  2  0  1  9-10  4
 3.  Neftekhimik  3  1  0  1  1  10-14  3
 4.  Severstal  3  1  0  1  1  7-7  3

Romazan Memorial Cup

Sibir denies Avto a perfect record

Sibir Novosibirsk 3 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0)

Sibir, conquerors of Avtomobilist in last season’s playoffs, continued to have the edge over the Motormen — and today’s win denied Avto the chance to secure the trophy. Sibir now has the chance to win the tournament for itself if it can defeat Amur by a large enough margin in Friday’s final action.

Photo: 13.08.20. Cup of I.K. Romazan. Sibir (Novosibirsk Region) - Avtomobilist (Yekaterinburg)

The Siberians handed a debut to summer signing Eric O’Dell, who slotted into the first line alongside Juuso Puustinen and Alexander Sharov. It was to prove a successful combination, with Puustinen scoring two as O’Dell got his first assist for his new club. But that came after Nikita Tryamkin put Avto up in the ninth minute; Puustinen’s goals represented a turnaround in the game.

Sibir sealed the win with an empty-netter from Oleg Li with less than half a minute to play.

Nikolai Zavarukhin, Sibir’s head coach, said: “It wasn’t an easy game for us. There were lots of chances around our net and our goalie did well. But we got our goals at the right times. I’m pleased to see Puustinen in such good form but I don’t want to focus too much on that at this stage. It’s still pre-season and there’s a lot of work ahead of us.”

Shvyryov impresses as Magnitka wins big

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5 Amur Khabarovsk 2 (2-2, 2-0, 1-0)

Metallurg rang the changes for its final game of the tournament against Amur, resting Sergei Mozyakin, Andrej Nestrasil, Bogdan Potekhin and Arkhip Nekolenko. Nikolai Kulemin returned to the roster — and made an instant impact — while Igor Shvyryov led the scoring with two goals.

However, despite recording its biggest win of pre-season, Metallurg did not have everything goes its way here. Amur jumped to a 2-0 lead, taking maximum advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to grab two quick goals thanks to Valentin Pyanov and Alexander Gorshkov. However, Metallurg recovered to tie the game before the first intermission, with Kulemin getting one back before Shvyryov’s first for his new club just before the break.

“We had a tough start,” said Metallurg head coach Ilya Vorobyov. “We took two penalties and allowed two goals from two shots, even though Amur had barely managed a shot before that.

“But that happens in hockey and we came back strongly and started to play our game. It was important for us to win here. This is our home tournament, and we greatly value the memory of [Ivan] Romazan. Yesterday, we went to the cemetery to visit his tomb. We wish we could play in front of our fans, but it is what it is. We know that people are following the streams while we play, and celebrating our goals when we score.”

The 22-year-old, back home after two years in the AHL, added a second early in the middle frame to put Magnitka in front for the first time in the game. Another summer arrival, Nikolai Prokhorkin, made it 4-2 soon afterwards and Amur — so impressive in the early stages of pre-season — was heading for its first loss in regulation time this summer.

Finnish forward Juho Lammikko, a World Champion in 2019, completed the scoring in the final session. The 24-year-old, signed from Karpat, got his first goal since joining Metallurg to add to a pair of helpers earlier in the game. The win puts Magnitka on top of the tournament table, but with Sibir still in contention if it can win tomorrow’s game.

 

Team

G

W

WOT 

WSO 

LSO

LOT

L

S

P

1

Metallurg Mg   

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

10-7

4   

2

Avtomobilist   

3

1

0

1

0

0

1

5-5

4

3

Sibir

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

5-4

2

4

Amur

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

2-6         

1

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