Vityaz Podolsk won 3-2 in overtime thanks to a curious Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy goal at Avangard – Tractor wins 1-0 at Ak Bars and Spartak wins against Neftekhimik 3-2 in the SO.
Vityaz Podolsk showed great will to win in today’s away match at Avangard Omsk. Podolsk was able to take the lead twice. First, a powerplay goal by Sergei Shumakov in the 14th minute by Denis Kokarev just 34 seconds before the first siren were outnumbered. Michal Repik made his first goal for his new club Vityaz in the 35th minute with his powerplay goal. Avangard Omsk was too dominating in the third leg and Viktor Stålberg also equalized in the 58th minute. However, the overtime lasted only 19 seconds, as Artyom hit Shvets-Rogovoy with a bit of luck from close range. The striker headed towards goalie Igor Bobkov, who wanted to knock the puck away and hit the foot of Shvets-Rogovoy and From there, the puck jumped for the 3-2 win for Vityaz in the gate. With that, Vityaz now has a three-point cushion on the ninth-placed Minsk.
Avangard Omsk vs Vityaz Podolsk 2-3 OT (1-0, 0-2, 1-0, 0-1)
Spartak Moscow, meanwhile, secures sixth place in the West Conference with today’s 3-2 shoot-out victory against Neftekhimik. The guests also need points to make their hopes for playoff in the East. Thanks to Andrei Kuteikin in the 17th minute and Martins Karsums (51.), Spartak twice led the game thanks to two powerplay goals. Neftekhimik could but by the overpayment of Adam Polasek only 47 seconds later, the equalizer. So each team took one point, in the end Spartak won in the shootout by the crucial attempt by Maxim Trunyov 3-2.
Spartak Moscow vs Nefthekhimik 3-2 OS (1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)
The third game of the day was even closer to the point. The eight-placed East Conference tractor Chelyabinsk met defending champion Ak Bars. In the first third, there were relatively few chances to score. This did not change in the second third but thanks to the overpowered goal by Ryan Stoa in the 44.Minute to 1-0, there was the first and only goal in this game. Ak Bars was probably in the final third of note, the balance did not succeed and so Traktor won thanks to the shutout of goalie Alexander Sudnitsin with 30 saves the important two points in the playoff fight.
Traktor Chelyabinsk vs AK Bars Kazan 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)