Dynamo Moscow 8 Kunlun Red Star 3 (5-1, 3-1, 0-1)
Dynamo won the Mayor of Moscow Cup with an emphatic victory over Kunlun Red Star in the tournament final. The Dragons secured their place in the gold medal game — to the surprise of many — with a high-scoring victory over Spartak in the group stage. Today, though, the boot was very much on the other foot as the Blue-and-Whites took control from the start and never relinquished that stranglehold.
Eric O’Dell set the tone with a first-minute goal, the first of two for him in the first period. And that opening frame saw the Muscovites bang in five goals before Ryan Sproul got Red Star on the board 10 seconds before the break. The Chinese team struck again at the start of the second through Spencer Foo, but any hope of an unlikely fightback soon evaporated. Rob Klinkhammer scored his first for his new club, Oscar Lindberg got his second of the game and Yegor Zaitsev took it to 8-2 at the second intermission.
The third period brought some consolation for Kunlun, with Foo getting his second of the night on a 5-on-3 power play. But this was Dynamo’s day and Alexei Kudashov completed his first pre-season in charge of the team by winning the cup.
Vityaz Moscow Region 1 Amur Khabarovsk 3 (0-2, 0-0, 1-1)
Vityaz and Amur battled it out for third place and the Tigers marked their first appearance in this tournament by securing a place on the podium. Towards the end of the first period, two quick goals put Amur in control, with Kirill Slepets opening the scoring before Radan Lenc set up David Tomasek for the second. The Czech duo combined again in the third for Alexander Gorshkov to make it 3-0 before Mikhail Smolin potted a last-second consolation goal for Vityaz.
CSKA Moscow 5 Spartak Moscow 2 (3-0, 2-2, 0-0)
Earlier in the day, CSKA and Spartak played off for fifth place in the tournament. The Army Men bounced back from two defeats in the group stage to take a stranglehold in the first period with two goals in 25 seconds. Late in the frame, Lucas Wallmark scored his second of the game to put his team in total control. Spartak hit back with two quickfire goals at the start of the third; just 39 seconds separated strikes from Emil Pettersson and Ilya Baranov. However, a double from Anton Slepyshev late in the middle frame secured the win for CSKA.
Severstal Cherepovets 3 HC Sochi 0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0)
Severstal built on yesterday’s win over SKA to inflict another loss on Sochi. The Steelmen made a bright start and took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Kirill Rasskazov and Adam Liska. Severstal remained in control in the second, but the final frame saw a brave rally from Sochi. The Leopards tried hard to turn the game around, but could not find a way past Dmitry Shugayev. Late in the frame, Dmitry Moiseyev wrapped it up with an empty net goal.
SKA St. Petersburg 3 Avangard Omsk 2 OT (1-0, 0-0, 1-2, 1-0)
SKA finished its home tournament with a victory that lifts it to the top of the table — but the Army Men will need Torpedo to defeat Severstal tomorrow to remain in first place in a close-fought competition.
For a long time this clash of the tournament’s big guns hung on a first period goal that bounced off the skate of Fredrik Handemark. It wasn’t until the third period that Alexei Bereglazov tied it up. It seemed that Marat Khusnutdinov had immediately restored SKA’s lead, but a video review showed that the goal was scored through a hole in the netting and the game remained locked at 1-1. SKA eventually retook the lead thanks to Joonas Kemppainen, but a late power play goal from Semyon Chistyakov took us to overtime. Anton Burdasov got the winning goal there to keep SKA in contention for the trophy.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5 (0-2, 2-1, 0-2)
Salavat Yulaev was able to reassemble last season’s Finnish line for the first time this summer — but they were overshadowed by Metallurg in this game.
Sakari Manninen, marking his first appearance in pre-season, scored two second-period goals to haul his team level. However, Nikolai Goldobin struck on the power play late in the middle stanza to restore Magnitka’s lead and the third period brought further markers from Nikita Korostelyov and Yegor Korobkin to wrap up a big win for the visitor.
Both head coaches, however, felt that there was little to be read from today’s result. It was the final game of pre-season, and both teams were keen to get through unscathed ahead of the start of competitive action next week.