In the regular season of the Continental Hockey League, four matches took place yesterday. The central event was the match in St. Petersburg, where SKA received Metallurg from Magnitogorsk.
Both teams came to this fight in excellent shape. CSKA of Neva won three straight games, and the winning series of "steelworkers" and made seven appearances in all – imperfectly started the season "Magnitogorsk" already appears in the three best teams of the East. Well, this game was made special by the figure of Ilya Vorobyov. Current SKA mentor played for Metallurg as a hockey player, and then took the Gagarin Cup with him. First, as assistant to the head coach, and then as the Ural direction team. Now, Ilya Petrovich is faced with the task of repeating success in the city on Neva, and for that we should at least spare no former team-mate.
The game turned out to be difficult and unproductive and, according to its intensity, corresponded to the statute of the playoffs game. At 14 minutes, SKA defender Anton Belov opened the scoring this season. "Metallurg" won after the break when Chibisov scored. A win for the hosts brought another away from the opponent. Before Bereglazov managed to settle on the penalty bench, Maksim Karpov, with the help of Nikita Gusev and Nikolai Prokhorkin, offended Vasily Koshechkin for the second time that night – 2: 1. To escape, "MMK" more than two minutes before the siren substitute his goalkeeper for the sixth field player, but the final assault did not bring success. The SKA wins in the main time and continues the search for the leader in the Western Conference of CSKA – the teams of the army are separated by only one point in the table.
Interestingly, on the issue, what feelings he feels after the victory over the former team, Vorobyov, in fact, refused to respond. "We are happy that we have finished our home series with the maximum number of points," said the director of SKA about this.
In missed points, Finn Yokerit is on par with the team of Ilya Vorobyov, who received a direct competitor – Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. Here the pucks were abandoned a lot more, but in the end it all ended in a win for the owners of the website in the main season with a minimum difference of 4: 3. For the "clowns" this is the third successive success, and the team of Dmitry Kvartalnova continues to alternate victories and defeats.
Novosibirsk "Siberia", from the start of the season, dug into the basement of the table, shocked the attachment to a place in the eight-legged "Moscow Dynamo". Siberians led to the middle of the third period with a difference of three goals, so almost lost this advantage through the efforts of Shipachev and Kagarlitsky, but in the end Sharov played an empty net for this super-productive encounter – 6-4.
And finally, "Barys" at home could not do anything with Ufa "Salavat Yulaev". The Bashkir club won 3-0, and Andrei Skabelka's team for the first time this season failed to score a single puck per game.