Game two was different from game one, but the final result didn’t change – Avangard stroke back and achieved a second victory. Magnitka will try to revert the trend, but it will be a terribly hard task as when the Hawks take the fly it’s very hard to take them down.
In Moscow, Spartak welcomes SKA. The two sides exchanged wins in the first two clashes of the series, and it will be a real battle as the Red-and-Whites will want to please the fans and stop the SKA’s march.
Avangard leads the series 2-0.
About the game
Avangard had a strong start in game two, yet Metallurg this time managed to cause some damage to the opposition defense. However, Arseny Gritsyuk had other plans for the night and netted a double – including a spectacular strike that traveled throughout the whole rink and went in right under the crossbar on the empty net. Magnitogorsk had a good second period, but Magnitka will need to do much more to return into consideration in game three on the road.
Avangard’s forward Peter Cehlarik had seven assists throughout his latest three games.
Avangard’s defenseman Alexei Bereglazov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.
Metallurg’s defenseman Yegor Yakovlev had an assist in each of his latest three games.
Avangard: Alexander Dergachyov.
Metallurg: Mikhail Grigoryev.
The series is tied 1-1.
About the game
A third-period goal by defenseman Igor Ozhiganov tied things up in the series as SKA recorded a home victory with a 2:1 score. This time, Lars Johansson was excellent between the piping, stopping 24 Spartak attempts. The series now moves to Moscow for the third clash.
Spartak: Alexander Avtsin, Nikolai Chebykin.
SKA: Joonas Kemppainen.
Spartak’s forward Sergei Shirokov may reach 250 KHL assists.
SKA’s defenseman Vasily Tokranov may reach 100 KHL assists.