Spartak Moscow 1 Avangard Omsk 2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)
For Spartak, this game offered a first chance to deploy the club’s new imports. Martin Bakos, Lukas Radil and Jori Lehtera — all familiar with the KHL — combined on the first line, while Swedish defenseman Emil Djuse started alongside Dmitry Vishnevsky in his first game for his new club. Sergei Shirokov, previously with Avangard, wore the ‘C’ as he, too, made his Spartak debut.
The first period didn’t offer much in the way of incident, with the two teams carefully cancelling each other out. In the second, though, the tempo picked up. There were chances at both ends before Avangard got ahead, succeeding on its fourth power play of the day. Oliwer Kaski’s point shot was redirected by Jiri Sekac to beat Nikita Bespalov midway through the session.
Spartak responded to tie the game just before the intermission. Maxim Goncharov fired in a shot and Jori Lehtera stuffed it home on a deflection. However, Avangard restored its lead early in the third with a trademark rocket of a shot from Maxim Chudinov from long range. That secured a 2-1 verdict at the end of regulation.
As is common in pre-season, the teams agreed to play a period of overtime — this time without goals — and finished with a shoot-out. Denis Zernov gave Avangard the edge in that shoot-out to complete a good day for Bob Hartley’s team.