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Friday’s KHL program was hit by postponements, but in the only game to go ahead Avangard got the verdict at Neftekhimik. The Hawks made it six wins from seven games.

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1 Avangard Omsk 2 (0-0, 1-2, 0-0)

The final scoreline suggested that this was a close game, but in reality Avangard could have won more convincingly. The visitor dominated play from the start, enjoying almost total control of the first period, but could not find a way past Evgeny Ivannikov in the home net.

Photo: 18.09.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk) - Avangard (Omsk)

That all changed early in the second when Alexei Emelin opened the scoring. The captain fired in a point shot and Ivannikov was unable to pick the puck as it came at him through traffic. The assists came from Yegor Chinakhov, getting his first point in the KHL, and Alexander Khokhlachyov, extending his productive streak to four games.

The pattern of play did not significantly change, but Neftekhimik surprised everyone by grabbing a tying goal midway through the frame. Alexei Volgin’s shot was redirected by Alexander Kucheryavenko.

However, justice was done. Late in the middle frame, Avangard struck again. Emelin was involved in this one as well, firing in another shot and this time Kirill Semyonov got the all-important touch to take the puck away from Ivannikov. In the third period, Neftekhimik created slightly more offense but rarely had enough to trouble Igor Bobkov as the visitor closed out the game.

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