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Friday’s action saw the climax of two tournaments. Sibir beat Metallurg to win the Romazan Memorial Trophy once again, while Lokomotiv completed a perfect campaign in Ufa. Jokerit enjoyed another comfortable win at the Bauer Hockey Games.

Romazan Memorial Trophy

Neftekhimik takes silver medal

Amur Khabarovsk 1 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4 (0-1, 0-1, 1-2)

Neftekhimik secured second place in the tournament thanks to this final day victory over Amur. A power play goal from Andrei Chivilyov late in the first period set the Tatar team on its way, and Rafael Bikmullin increased the lead in the second. Any doubt about the outcome was removed at the start of the third when Bulat Shafigulin and Danila Popov added two quick goals to make it 4-0. The only blot on the day was a late power play goal for Artur Gizdatullin, which denied Frans Tuohimaa a shut-out.

Magnitka misses out on top spot

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 Sibir Novosibirsk 3 (0-1, 0-1, 1-1)

This game was not only the final game on the tournament schedule, it was also a de facto final, with the winner taking top spot. In the event Sibir came out on top to record its second successive victory in the Romazan Memorial.

The visitor thought it had opened the scoring midway through the first period when summer signing Anton Wedin beat Juho Olkinuora. However, a bench challenge from Metallurg saw that overturned for offside. Instead, Sibir had to wait until late in the frame when Nikita Korotkov was fastest to respond to a rebound and opened the scoring legitimately. Early in the second, Yegor Milovzorov hit the post, before Vyacheslav Litovchenko increased Sibir’s lead. Magnitka got back into the game thanks to Nikolai Goldobin’s power play goal at the start of the third, but Wedin wrapped up Sibir’s success with an empty-net goal.

Republic of Bashkortostan Cup

Loko stays perfect in Ufa

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 0 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1)

The destiny of the trophy was secure even before this game on Friday morning, with Lokomotiv already certain of finishing in top spot. But the Railwaymen, with few changes to the roster, ended the tournament on a high with a shut-out win over Avto.

Photo: 13.08.21. The Republic of Bashkortostan Cup - 2021. Avtomobilist (Yekaterinburg) - Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)

After a goalless opening frame, Loko went ahead in the 24th minute on a power play goal from Denis Barantsev. A minute later, it was 2-0: Georgy Ivanov extended the lead. The Motormen kept battling, but failed to take their chances and fell further behind in the third when Ivanov got his second of the game on the power play. Daniil Isayev recorded a shut-out to condemn Avtomobilist to a third loss in Ufa.

Lokomotiv head coach Andrei Skabelka
We were disciplined in defense and looked interesting going forward. It was clear that the guys were enjoying themselves. I like our game. As for the tournament, we got what we came here for. The guys wanted to play, get into game condition.

Avtomobilist head coach Bill Peters
Unfortunately, we couldn’t do what we planned. We spent most of the game on defense, Lokomotiv seriously pressed us and took their chances. We only scored twice in the tournament, but I don’t see this as a serious problem. We did a pretty good job, but this was our second tournament in a row and we didn’t have the strength.

Host finishes strong

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 6 Severstal Cherepovets 2 (1-0, 3-2, 2-0)

The final game of the tournament saw Salavat Yulaev finish with a convincing win over Severstal. The Steelmen continued to rotate the roster, resting key forward Daniil Vovchenko and giving Dmitry Shugayev the start in goal.

Photo: 13.08.21. The Republic of Bashkortostan Cup - 2021. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Severstal (Cherepovets)

The home team had the better of the first period, although Severstal was always dangerous on the counter. Robert Rooba and Yegor Morozov had an especially dangerous odd-man rush but could not find the killer pass. In the 13th minute, Salavat Yulaev went in front on Geoff Platt’s goal and held that 1-0 lead until the first intermission.

In the second, Andrei Zubarev scored his first since returning to Ufa, but it took just 16 seconds for David Dumbadze to get Severstal on the scoreboard. However, Teemu Hartikainen scored during a 5-on-3 power play to restore that two-goal advantage. Severstal swapped goalies, but inbound Konstantin Shostak was beaten after just five minutes by Danil Alalykin.

Adam Liska gave Severstal hope with a goal very late in the middle frame, but there was no way back. Stepan Sannikov and Alexander Kadeikin added two unanswered goals in the third for Ufa to secure second place in the tournament with a comfortable win.

Severstal head coach Andrei Razin
We played against some good teams, this stage of our preparations went well for us. I don’t think we let anyone down here, we were always competitive. As for today’s game, we’ve been on the road for 20 days and that’s catching up with us. We played against a team almost at full strength. We showed good game management. We’re a bit tired but we’ll learn from our mistakes.

Salavat Yulaev head coach Tomi Lamsa
Right now we’re going through a key period in our preparations. We started intensive preparations for this tournament back on Saturday. The ice was firm enough, and at the same time the guys did a good job, they played solid today and showed some good hockey. It’s hard to say about Amirov and Koledov. They’ve gone to hospital and after that our medics will have an idea. As for Manninen and Tikhonov, they were injured in practice.

Bauer Hockey Games

Another big win for Jokerit

Jokerit Helsinki 5 Jukurit 0 (2-0, 2-0, 1-0)

Jokerit’s second game in the Bauer Games saw the Finns face a former player in the shape of Pekka Jormakka, now playing for Jukurit in the Liiga. However, as in the previous game against Krefeld, there was little scope for the opposition to impress in a one-sided game. Lauri Marjamaki’s team took control of the game early on and never relinquished its grip.

Iiro Pakarinen added to his two goals against the Germans with the opener here, Niklas Jensen extended the lead and the game quickly turned into a rout. Kalle Kossila scored two goals, Teemu Turunen had three assists. Goalie Janne Juvonen posted a shut-out on his first appearance for the club.

Warm-up games

Dinamo Riga 5 Team Latvia 1 (3-0, 1-0, 1-1)

Dinamo Riga, unable to travel to Nur-Sultan this week as planned, slotted in a game against Team Latvia, which is preparing for its Olympic Qualification tournament in Riga at the end of this month. More accurately, this was a kind of Latvia ‘B’ team, given that Dinamo forms the foundation of much of the national team.

Dinamo took control of the game in the first period with three unanswered goals, all from new signings. Hunter Shinkaruk opened the scoring with a short-handed effort, then Frank Corrado scored twice on the power play.

Shinkaruk scored again in the second and for a long time it looked as though Dinamo goalie Johan Mattsson would get a shut-out. However, he was beaten midway through the third. It finished 5-1, with Nerijus Alisauskas completing the scoring late in the game.

Vityaz Moscow Region 1 Admiral Vladivostok 0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

The big news here was Oleg Gorbenko taking charge behind the Admiral bench as acting head coach. Later it emerged that Sergei Vostrikov had left the club less than three weeks before the start of the season.

If that news was a shock to the team, it did not result in a slowdown on the ice. Indeed, after surviving a difficult first period, the Sailors proved equal to the challenge from Vityaz and, with Ivan Nalimov in fine form between the piping, the game was goalless until the closing moments. Then, with 90 seconds left, Admiral took a penalty for repeated face-off violations. It was the fifth Vityaz power play, and this one delivered after just 13 seconds when Daniel Audette solved Nalimov at last to win the game.

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