Loko remains at the top
Game Recap: Ak Bars - Lokomotiv
OCT.27 -- Vadim Shakhraichuk and Vyacheslav Butsayev each had a goal and an assists while Egor Podomatsky registered his third shut-out of the season, as Lokomotiv beat Ak Bars in Kazan, in contest between last season's championship series finalists.
As one third of RSL's regular season stands behind, Lokomotiv - the defending champions lead three team peloton (including Ak Bars, Avangard and Severstal) by four points. Thus far Vladimir Vujtek's side, having lost just once in 17 matches, looks slightly ahead of it's key challengers fro RSL championship.
Last night Yaroslavl players were in control for much of the game. They've opened the scoring early in the second period. Butsayev's spinorrama move failed to beat Kazan's trap. But the puck bounced on a stick of Loko's Slovak defenceman Martin Strbak who threw a cross ice pass to Shakhraichuk. Ukrainian veteran used Alexander Zavyalov as a screen and fired a wrist shot to the top corner of the net from the top of right circle.
Butsayev's insurance goal came on Loko's power-play midway through third period, as he completed very good looking four-way passing play started by Andrei Kovalenko. Butsayev tapped the puck in on the left post after Shakharaichuk's nifty cross-crease pass. Ak Bars' goalie Dmitry Yachanov was helpless.
"We played without six regulars and that surely didn't help our case. Moreover our power-play struggles of late, that was quite obvious tonight," - said Kazan's head coach Yuri Moiseev. Meantime, Yaroslavl's boss Vladimir Vujtec noted his team's successful play on defense: "The only line that caused us any trouble was the one of (Dmitry) Kvartalnov, (Alex) Korolyuk and (Jan) Benda. We did really well in our own end tonight and I'm also proud of our penalty killing," - said Czech coach.
Ak Bars got shut-out for the first time this season. However Moiseev's squad will have a chance to avenge the blanking next Friday, as the teams face-off again in Yaroslavl.
-- Max Dostoevsky
Ak Bars Kazan - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 0-2 (0:0, 0:1, 0:1)
Penalties: Chupin AKB (hooking) 6:57.
0-1 LOK 4:44 Shakhraichuk,1 (Strbak, Butsayev)
Penalties: Shakhraichuk LOK (holding) 0:35. Shakhraichuk LOK (holding) 7:55. Balmin AKB (charging) 13:32. Antipov LOK (roughing) 13:32. Chupin AKB (high-stick) 14:53. Vlasenko LOK (tripping) 17:01. Proshkin AKB (slashing) 17:01. Guskov LOK (hooking) 17:16.
0-2 LOK 12:39 Butsyaev,6 (Shakhraichuk, Strbak) (pp)
Penalties: Namestnikov AKB (boarding) 11:15. Tkachenko LOK (roughing, game misconduct, 5+10+10) 13:05. Chupin AKB (elbowing) 15:38.
Goaltenders: Yachanov (L,1-1-1) - Podomatsky (W,11-1-3).
Power play: Ak Bars 0/4, Lokomotiv 1/4.
October 26. Kazan. Sports Palace.