Outsider's offensive explosion
Game Recap: Mechel - SKA
OCT.20 -- Prior to yesterday's win SKA was the lowest scoring team in the Superleague with just 17 goals in 13 games. Under recently dismissed Nikolai Puchkov's rule SKA forwards have been criticized for outrageously overpassing the puck, looking too much for a perfect play. With the arrival of Boris Mikhailov overpassing disappeared, but St.Petersburg forwards kept on being criticized for other reasons like lack of imagination and opportunism. Last night in Chelyabinsk SKA, finally, exploded for six goals as six different players got on the scoresheet. Meantime it was Mikhailov's first win in seven games behind St.Petersburg's bench.
The visitors got on board two minutes into the game. While vet Sergei Gomolyako sat in the penalty box, rearguard Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk blasted a powerful shot from the blue line past Mikhail Emelyanov. Six minutes later Egor Bashkatov doubled SKA's lead collecting on a rebound off Dmitry Mikhailov's shot. Igor Varitsky's power play tally at 14:37 restored home side's hopes, but not for long as Mikhailov's team came out strong in the second period.
Three goals by visiting team in the opening eleven minutes following the intermission solved the outcome of the game. At 4:17 Alexei Koznev scored on his own rebound. At 5:39 youngster Ilya Dokshin skated from behind the net to beat Mechel's puckstopper. Finally at 11:42 Alex Matviychuk's shot was redirected in by Alexei Chikalin's skate.
Early in the final period SKA's junior unit made the score look embarrassing. Evgeny Polozov scored, again, on a rebound off Andrei Rychagov's shot.
Mechel's two power play goals by Vladimir Krechin and Georgy Evtyukhin made the final score look a bit respectable.-- Max Dostoevsky