Vityaz Podolsk wins by a more than curious goal in Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-2 and brings so very important points in the fight for the play-offs.
Vityaz quickly took the lead. The hosts helped a lot as they left Pavel Chernov alone in the 3rd minute, who scored the 1-0 in the sequence. Traktor got but still in the starting third the lead. Marsel Sholokhov equalized in the 8th minute and Alexander Rybakov gives Traktor the 2-1 lead.
The second third then belonged to the guests. It left out Vityaz two power play games. Only in the final phase it worked. Nikolai Stasenko’s shot was blocked but Denis Kokarev got the ball away and dusted in the 37th minute. 51 seconds later Podolsk led again. The hit could not fall stranger. A penalty against Vityaz was indicated and Traktor sat down in the attack third, Marsel Sholokhov Alexei Petrov wanted to play the puck on the blue line, but this slipped through the slide and found in the episode across the ice the way into his own goal. As Vityaz goalie Joni Ortio had played the puck as the last player, the Finn was also the match winner. The 27-year-old stopped 12 shots from Traktor in the final third and secured Podolsk’s narrow 3-2 away win. Vityaz secures seventh place in the West Conference with this success. So you have now three points on pursuers Sochi and already seven points ahead of the 9th Dinamo Riga.
Traktor Chelyabinsk vs Vityaz Podolsk 2-3 (2-1, 0–2, 0-0)
In the second game of the day Severstal had to win in the home game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl not to lose the connection to the play-off places even further. If you were already 13 points behind the duel. Cherepovets also kept up well. In the first third through Carter, they equalized the first deficit in the 11th minute. Artyom Ilyenko quickly provided the renewed locomotive guidance.
Severstal continued to lag behind. After Lok put through Yegor Korshkov to the minute to 3-1 was it Alexander Petunin Severstal 33 seconds before the second break again rovided for a motivation boost. However, from one point it was nothing, as Brandon Kozun met in the 55th minute for another two goals lead for the guests from Yaroslavl. With this victory Lok secures the third place in the table from the west. Severstal loses ground in the playoff fight.
Cherepovets vs Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2-4 (1-2, 1-1, 0-1)