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Day two of the Champions Cup saw Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars bounce back from opening day losses. Elsewhere, Sergei Fedorov took charge of CSKA for the first time but suffered an overtime loss against Spartak, while Dynamo continued the day’s theme of bounceback wins to defeat Avangard less than a week after losing to the Hawks.

TANECO Champions Cup

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4 SKA St Petersburg 1 (1-1, 1-0, 2-0)

Salavat Yulaev bounced back from its opening loss to Metallurg and enjoyed a convincing success against SKA. The Army Men made five changes to the team that defeated Ak Bars in overtime yesterday and also gave Lars Johansson the start in goal. Ufa handed a debut to Nikolai Kulemin, while Alexander Sharychenkov replaced Juha Metsola between the piping.

Photo: 19.08.21. TANECO Champions Cup. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - SKA (St.Petersburg)

SKA gave up an early penalty, and Salavat Yulaev took advantage as Mikhail Naumenkov opened the scoring in the third minute. However, one minute before the break, Ivan Morozov tied the game on a delayed penalty.

Once again, though, Salavat Yulaev was enjoying plenty of power play opportunities, including two long spells of five-on-three. However, the breakthrough came with the teams at equal strength when Danil Bashkirov combined with Danil Alalykin for the latter to score a well-worked goal. In the dying minutes SKA withdrew Johansson from the net, and was punished with two empty net goals as Ufa got its first win of the tournament.

Salavat Yulaev head coach Tomi Lamsa
I think we deserved to win today. I was really pleased with the way we played in the first 40 minutes — we moved the puck well, attacked and used all five players when we went forward. In the third period we got a bit lazy with the puck. That let the opposition back into the game, but we defended well. We’re happy with Kulemin’s debut. He’s only had a couple of days with the team but he’s managed to adapt to our style and understand what we expect from him.

SKA head coach Valery Bragin
We learned a lot from this game. We took unnecessary penalties, spent a lot of time on the penalty kill — in effect we played an entire period with three men. We had a different line-up, we looked at lots of players and got a lot of information which we can analyse. Shvets-Rogovoi is injured, Galimov also has a knock, but everyone else is OK — Stromwall and Khafizullin are training with the team, they’re here.

Ak Bars Kazan 5 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 (2-1, 1-0, 2-1)

Metallurg came into the game on the back of a 6-4 win over Salavat Yulaev and Ilya Vorobyov kept his changes to a minimum — Yegor Yakovlev and Bogdan Potekhin missed out due to injury, while young Igor Shvyryov was replaced by Nikolai Prokhorkin and Juho Olkinuora took over from Vasily Koshechkin in goal. Ak Bars, defeated in overtime in its opening game, made more alterations. Ilya Safonov replaced the injured Kirill Petrov and Alexander Burmistrov and Danis Zaripov came into the team alongside Artyom Lukoyanov.

After Wednesday’s loss, Ak Bars made a fast start and led by two midway through the first period. Both goals came on the power play, with Steven Kampfer setting up Nikolai Kovalenko for the first before the two reversed their roles on the second. However, it wasn’t long before Maxim Karpov added to his two goals against Salavat Yulaev with a power play marker here to keep it a one-goal game at the first intermission.

The first equal-strength tally of the evening came early in the second period as Dmitry Kagarlitsky extended the home lead. That was the only goal of the middle frame, but in the third Kampfer and Kovalenko combined once again to create their team’s fourth, scored by Dmitry Voronkov. Alexei Maklyukov pulled one back, but Lukoyanov had the final say, assisted by the veteran Zaripov in his first appearance of the summer.

Ak Bars head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov
We started well and scored important goals at the right times — whenever they looked like getting back into the game, we scored on them again. Despite this, there are things to work on and lots of things I didn’t like. But on the bright side, we converted our chances and scored lots of goals. This was a different game from yesterday: against SKA there was a lot of contact, speed. Today there was more freedom on the ice, perhaps it was a bit less frantic. I think that played a part. Steven Kampfer did well for Kovalenko and Kagarlitsky’s goals, they already look to have a decent chemistry on the power play.

Metallurg head coach Ilya Vorobyov
We gave up two goals and trailing 0-2 after two shots really wasn’t what we wanted. In the bigger picture, the guys worked hard and there were things that genuinely looked good. But those quick goals killed us — not so much the game, but the result. We’re working on all areas of our game in pre-season — working on defense and offense alike.

Yakovlev has gone back to Magnitogorsk, it’s not clear how long he’s out. He was shaken pretty bad. If there’s a fracture, it’s easy to say how long it will take. But if it’s concussion, it’s not clear.

Warm-up games

Belarus tunes up for Olympic qualification, Fedorov takes charge of CSKA

CSKA Moscow 1 Spartak Moscow 2 OT (0-0, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1)

Sergei Fedorov was behind the CSKA bench for the first time since replacing Igor Nikitin earlier this summer. The Army Men have waited until late August to start their pre-season sparring, giving Fedorov plenty of time to work with his players behind the scenes in his first head coaching role.

Photo: 19.08.21. Friendly match. CSKA (Moscow) - Spartak (Moscow)

The first game of this new era saw Adam Reideborn start in goal, with Anton Slepyshev, Lucas Wallmark and Mikhail Grigorenko forming the top line. Konstantin Okulov joined Maxim Sorkin and Nikita Soshnikov on the fourth line.

However, Spartak had no interest in being the background story here. The Red-and-Whites were playing their eighth game of the summer and built on an impressive 6-1 win over Vityaz with another encouraging display. After a tight first period, Alexander Nikishin’s long pass sprung the CSKA defense and sent Emil Pettersson clean through to face his fellow Swede Reideborn. The forward won that duel to claim his first goal for his new club. CSKA tied it up in the third thanks to a long-range effort from Nikita Nesterov. However, in the extras Spartak sought the initiative from the opening face-off and Dmitry Vishnevsky got the winner on the second shift.

Belarus 2 Barys Nur-Sultan 1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)

Before the start of the KHL season, Belarus has an Olympic qualification tournament in Bratislava where it will take on Slovakia, Poland and Austria in a bid to secure a place at the Beijing Games. As a result, Craig Woodcroft is taking time out from preparing Dinamo Minsk to get the national team ready for that important competition.

Naturally, much of the Belarusian team is drawn from Dinamo players as Belarus plays a couple of warm-up games against Barys. The first of these encounters took place today and ended in a 2-1 win for the national team. Yegor Sharangovich opened the scoring as Belarus dominated the first period, Artyom Demkov extended the lead in the second even though the visitor came into the game more strongly. Jakub Lilja pulled one back midway through the third, but Barys was unable to salvage the game.

Jokerit Helsinki 5 Dinamo Riga 0 (1-0, 2-0, 2-0)

Like Belarus, Latvia is preparing for Olympic qualification action. That, inevitably, has an impact on Dinamo Riga’s preparations with many of its players joining Harijs Vitolins’ team for next weekend’s tournament. Jokerit, meanwhile, followed up its success at the Bauer Games by scoring five goals for the third game in a row this summer.

Jordan Schroeder opened the scoring early in the game, assisted by Brian O’Neill and Henri Ikonen as the first line fired. Dinamo looked stronger in the second period but could not stop the home offense: Kalle Kossila set up Iiro Pakarinen for 2-0, then young defenseman Oliver Tuhkanen made it three. In the final frame, Teemu Turunen added two more to complete a convincing win for the Finns.

Dynamo Moscow 5 Avangard Omsk 1 (1-0, 4-1, 0-0)

Five days after Avangard enjoyed a comfortable 5-2 win over Dynamo, the Blue-and-Whites got revenge with a five-goal show of their own. The home team went in front late in the first period when a 5-on-3 power play gave Stas Galiyev the chance to open the scoring.

Early in the second, Yaroslav Kosov tied the game with another goal scored on a two-man advantage. The Hawks had a further 90 seconds of power play, but could not capitalize as the four Dynamo players on the ice kept the puck around Georgy Dubrovsky’s net. Once back to equal strength, Vladislav Yefremov’s breakaway goal restored Dynamo’s lead.

Another penalty, this time on Nail Yakupov, took the game away from Avangard. True, technically the power play was over when Oscar Lindberg’s shot found the net, but the goal came as Yakupov was stepping out of the box. Dubrovsky picked the puck from his net three more times — albeit one effort was disallowed — as Dynamo extended its lead to 5-1 by the midway stage. Bob Hartley replaced his starting goalie with Vasily Demchenko and the remaining 30 minutes of the game were goalless.

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