Special teams thrive in Hawks' win
Game Recap: SKA - Avangard

   It's been a while since Yubileiny Sports Palace witnessed such crowd at a hockey game. SKA's constant attempts to avoid relegation married by poor quality of play in recent years pushed thousand of fans away from the rink. But with the arrival of coach Nikolai Puchkov and squad's encouraging pre-season form hockey fans in Saint-Petersburg get back to support their local team. All that in spite of SKA's unsuccessful start in the season. However poor results have been overshadowed by St-Petersburg team's ability to execute entertaining style of play.
   On these Sunday evening the home side played as equal against Ivan Hlinka's all mighty Avangard. In the opening period SKA players created several scoring chances, but couldn't solve it's former team-mate Maxim Sokolov. Mean-time Omsk side took a 1-0 lead on a point shot from Kirill Koltsov.
   St-Petersburg equalized midway through the second period, as Egor Bashkatov scored while Alex Kharitonov and Koltsov were in the box for Avangard. But four minutes later the Hawks restored it's lead as Pavel Patera got on board first time this season.
   Alexander Perezhogin's short-handed tally with just 15 seconds to play lifted Omsk to a victory. Sergei Yakimovich gave the puck away to Prokopiev who sent Montreal Canadiens' prospect on productive break-away.
   Avangard added a pair of power play goals early in the third period by Tomas Vlasak (his first in RSL) and Andrei Subbotin. SKA's Vladimir Petrove restored some respectability with another PP tally at 10:28.

-- Max Dostoevsky

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