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Day two of the Sochi Hockey Open saw wins for Avangard and SKA. In other games, Ak Bars eased to a 4-1 win at VHL team Neftyanik.

Sochi Hockey Open

Hawks outlast Russia’s young eagles

Avangard Omsk 5 Russia U20 1 (1-1, 0-0, 4-0)

Avangard bounced back from Tuesday’s loss against Traktor to beat Russia’s juniors — but it took a third-period blitz to separate the teams. Hawks’ head coach Bob Hartley made several changes, bringing in the likes of Denis Zernov, Sergei Tolchinsky and Alexei Emelin.

Photo: 04.08.21. Sochi Hockey Open. Avangard (Omsk) - Russia Olympic team U20

Igor Larionov’s young eagles were led by Nikita Chibrikov and Marat Khusnutdinov, and they combined to open the scoring in the seventh minute. However, Avangard tied the scores late in the first period thanks to a goal from another youngster, Arseny Gritsyuk, who reacted fastest to the rebound from Semyon Chistyakov’s shot.

In the second period, the two goalies were on top as neither team managed to add to its tally. But the final frame saw Avangard take control with four unanswered goals. Denis Zernov, Pavel Dedunov, Francis Pare and Ivan Telegin all found the net, with Telegin’s empty netter making it two in two games for the former CSKA man.

Avangard head coach Bob Hartley

We changed things up after yesterday, we’re trying to find the right partnerships, looking for the answers to those questions. We had two young goalies out there who did well today. Vasily Demchenko will be out for about a month, he got a puck in the eye through his mask in practice. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.

Russia U20 head coach Igor Larionov

Everyone understood what we were up against here. We put together a team for the first time, and even though we lost 1-5 there are more positives than negatives.

Hellberg beaten by former team-mates

HC Sochi 0 SKA St. Petersburg 3 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1)

SKA made its first appearance of the summer and enjoyed a shut-out win over the host team. Sochi named Magnus Hellberg in goal, his first appearance for his new club coming against the team he left in the summer. SKA, meanwhile, was close to a full-strength roster. A new-look line for Linden Vey, alongside Zakhar Bardakov and former Sochi favorite Malte Stromwall, was particularly interesting.

Photo: 04.08.21. Sochi Hockey Open. HC Sochi (Sochi) - SKA (St.Petersburg)

The first period was even, but the best chance went to SKA when Fredrik Handemark created a great opportunity for Emil Galimov. In the middle frame, though, the Army Men took control. First Kirill Marchenko opened the scoring then Igor Ozhiganov doubled the lead on the power play. Sochi tried to fight back in the third, but Joonas Kemppainen wrapped up the scoring with an empty net goal while Alexander Samonov celebrated a shut-out.

Sochi head coach Evgeny Stavrovsky

It was a fast-paced game and against a team like SKA you can’t afford to take penalty. In the end, we lacked concentration. When Kirill Petkov starts scoring, he’s capable of playing a leading role for us. Magnus Hellberg was solid, we’ll see more from him.

SKA head coach Valery Bragin

It was our first game, we had some decent chances, our opponent was playing its second game and had it a bit easier. We put in some serious work before this tournament, which wasn’t easy on the players. We tried to play the right way, and we deserved the win. Michkov is also in contention. He hasn’t been part of our training process yet, he’s younger than everyone else but he’s a great prospect. When he comes back from the Hlinka Cup he’ll join up with the team.

Exhibition games

Power play lifts Ak Bars past Neftyanik

Neftyanik Almetevsk 1 Ak Bars Kazan 4 (0-0, 1-2, 0-2)

The summer visit to nearby Almetevsk is already a well-established tradition for Ak Bars and today’s meeting is the first of three planned warm-up games against the VHL team. After deploying a first line of Dmitry Kagarlitsky, Daniil Tarasov and Jordan Weal in earlier pre-season action, Dmitry Kvartlanov swapped his forwards around to look at different combinations here.

It took some time for those new partnerships to gel. The first period was goalless, with Artyom Lukoyanov going closest for the visitor. Four minutes into the middle frame, Ak Bars went in front when Per Lindholm struck on the power play. It wasn’t long before another PP saw Kirill Petrov extend that lead and, after Neftyanik pulled one back, Alexander Burmistrov scored a third power play goal for Kazan to restore a two-goal lead at the start of the third. Nikita Lyamkin finished it off with an empty net goal.

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