KHL Play-Offs: Avangard wins at Ufa

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With a 4-2 away win at Ufa Omsk leads in the series 3-1 and needs only one more victory in the final.

In the last game Omsk conceded a clear 1-5 defeat and wanted to eradicate this gap. In the first period, the game was very balanced and there were some good chances on both sides. There were also a few penalties, but neither Ufa nor Omsk was able to take advantage of these power plays. So it remained after 20 minutes in a 0-0.

After the break Omsk had the better start. After just under 95 seconds, Shumakov leads after a solo attempt, Omsk 1-0 lead. Barely a minute later, Ufa’s Gimakov had to go to the penalty box and Omsk came to a power play. This time it was used and Mikheyev meets to 2-0 (24.). This goal was like a wake-up call for Ufa and they pushed for the connecting gate. After about three minutes Hartikainen succeeds the 1-2 (28.). However, shortly before half-time Koledov received a penalty and Omsk came to another power play. After a mistake in the game, Kokhyrakov catches the puck and scores for a quick counterattack, with a short hander, to 2-2 (31.). Now the game was open again, and good attacks of both teams followed. Minutes before the break, Mikheyev, with his second goal, succeeds in the 3-2 (38.) lead for Omsk.

In the final period Omsk acted with total offensive, came even after five minutes to a power play. This remained unused. Barely ten minutes later, Semenov was beaten by the whip. However, Omsk’s Medvedev also received a 10-minute disciplinary sanction for unsportsmanlike conduct. The game itself was balanced again, Ufa came to opportunities, but was denied another goal. Just over a minute before the end Zernov meets after a solo to 4-2 (59.) and the game was decided in favor of Avangard. In the final minute, the fans got to see some real fights, Two seconds from time Avangards Stalberg and Burmistrov, both with two minutes on the penalty bench. And only a second before the end, the emotions were blank. So Gimakov, Semenov, Skorikov (all three Ufa), Fisenko and Koshelev (both Omsk) took a real fight, The audience liked it, all five were charged with a 5 minute penalty, Semenov was sent to the cabin. With this victory Avangard leads in the series with 3-1 and needs only one victory for the final.

Salavat Ufa vs Avangard Omsk 2-4 (0-0, 2-3, 0-1) – Series: 1-3

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