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Game Recap: Ak Bars - Avangard

Avangard Omsk's Ivan HlinkaOCT.8 -- Vladimir Tsyplakov, Sergei Zinoviev and Dmitry Kvartalnov scored two goals each, moreover Kvartalnov added three assists, as by the end of the second period Ivan Hlinka's Hawks were firmly swept off by Yuri Moiseev's Ak Bars.
   No doubt, the 8-2 on Kazan's Sports Palace's scoreboard at the second intermission was the most humiliating experience yet in Hlinka's short RSL career. No one knows what the Great Czech told his players in the dressing room, but they came out flying in the final period and restored some respect scoring three unanswered goals.
   Avangard seemed to be on the same scale of strength with their opponents ten minutes into the game. Two Ak Bars' goals in 38 seconds span midway through the period didn't initiate any panic on Omsk's bench. Three minute's later it was the visitors turn to get back-to-back tallies. At 13:25 Dmitry Zatonsky redirected Dmitry Ryabykin's point shot into the net. Than some 17 seconds after of the face-off Oleg Shargorodsky cut Andrei Tsarev sleeping, beating Kazan's goalie from the center of the ice! However, the home side's persistence paid off as Zinoviev scored the go-ahead goal with 1:29 left in the period.
   In the second period Ak Bars outshot Avangard 14-9 and outscored them 5-0! 1:03 into it Alex Korolyuk made it 4-2 and chased Maxim Sokolov out of the net. Alexander Viyukhin took Sokolov's place but couldn't stop flying Ak Bars forwards. Before the period ended Tsyplakov, Jan Benda, Kvartalnov and Zinoviev managed to beat Ukrainian netminder. Benda and ex-Bruin Kvartalnov basically mocked Hlinka's side while scoring Ak Bars sixth goal. Kvartalnov brooke-away from Avangard's defenders and waited enough for Benda to get to the net - Big German scored on veteran's perfect feed.
   "I guess we were quite motivated for tonight's game. It seems that we play our best hockey against the best teams this season," - said Kvartalnov.
   Avangard third period surge came a bit too late. However goals by Dmitry Zatonsky, Andrei Subbotin and Tomas Vlasak made the output look less embarrassing.

-- Max Dostoevsky