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The big game of the day was in St. Petersburg, where the Puchkov Tournament came to an end. Severstal failed to beat Torpedo, meaning that SKA lifted the trophy. In the final pre-season game of the summer, Ak Bars enjoyed a big win over Tatar neighbor Neftekhimik.

Puchkov Tournament

SKA takes top spot in home tourney

Severstal Cherepovets 1 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 6 (0-2, 0-1, 1-3)

Severstal came into this final game on the Puchkov Tournament schedule knowing that victory would give it the trophy. Host team SKA stood two points clear of the Steelmen, but Severstal had the head-to-head victory when the teams met on Friday. Thus, any kind of win over Torpedo would deliver gold to Cherepovets.

Despite that, Andrei Razin opted to go with a youthful roster while Torpedo, unable to win the cup, used the bulk of its top players, including Damir Zhafyarov and Kenny Agostino.

It took just eight seconds to see the first penalty of the game, but scoring chances were harder to come by. Midway through the first frame, though Torpedo went in front thanks to one of its youngsters, 17-year-old defenseman Alexander Pelevin. Danil Veryayev added a second just before the intermission. Torpedo continued to dominate in the middle frame with the inexperience of Severstal’s youngsters showing. Pavel Turbin added a third goal to take the game away from the Steelmen.

There wasn’t much happening on either power play until the third period, when Torpedo took advantage of a 5-on-4 situation with Zhafyarov finding the net. Veryayev got his second of the game before Severstal got on the board at last through Artyom Chmykhov on a double power play. But the final word went to Artyom Mikheyev as Torpedo finished its summer program with a big win.

The trophy, though, goes to SKA. The host finished level with Torpedo on six points, but a 4-1 win when the team’s met head-to-head gives Valery Bragin’s team the prize.

Warm-up game

Ak Bars 7 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 3 (1-0, 4-2, 2-1)

The final pre-season game of the summer took place in Kazan, where Ak Bars completed its preparations with an emphatic derby triumph over Neftekhimik.

Photo: 29.08.21. Friendly match. Ak Bars (Kazan) - Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk)

The game was competitive early on, with Dmitry Voronkov’s goal separating the teams at the first intermission before Timur Khafizov tied it up on 22 minutes. But then the host took control. Nikita Dynyak potted a short-handed effort, then Par Lindholm and Danis Zaripov added a quickfire double. Late in the second period, the teams exchanged goals in the space of just 14 seconds as Ak Bars opened a 5-2 lead.

And the home team remained on top until the end. Nikita Lyamkin and Artyom Lukoyanov scored in the final frame to complete a high-scoring win for Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team.

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