Youngsters produce in bunches, as Avangard wins
OCT.27 -- Alexander Perezhogin and Artyom Chernov each scored twice to lead Avangard to a 6-2 rout of Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The home side scored three times in the opening period to chase out Metallurg's puckstopper Igor Karpenko. Two of those goals came as a result of Dallas Stars prospect Artyom Chernov's persistence in going to the net. At 11:41 Chernov doubled Avangard's lead redirecting the puck in at the edge of the crease on perfect cross-rink feed from Andrei Subbotin. Than at 15:40 Chernov found himself at the same spot in front of a wide open net and tipped in Dmitry Ryabykin's pass. On the play Karpenko struggled to get back to the crease after slipping while trying to challenge a potential shooter. Those were Chernov's first two tallies of the season.
Alexander Prokopiev gave Avangard the lead 2:04 into the game, wristing the puck in on a nifty set up from behind the net by Alexander Kharitonov.
Despite being down by three goals Valery Belousov's side wasn't dominated by the Hawks. Metallurg's players circled the puck well down low, but strangely enough were reluctant to shoot, often opting to set up point shots by their defenders... Point shots that Alexande Viyukhin was handling rather well.
Metallurg's best chance in two periods came when Valery Karpov struck a bouncing puck while being five feet away from the net, however Viyukhin stood firm.
Alexander Perezhogin's back-to-back goals demoralized visitors and basically solved game's outcome. Seconds before the final intermission Habs' prospect accepted a drop pass from Pavel Patera, moved into the slot and wristed the puck top shelf, beating Boris Tortunov on the glove-side. Five minutes into the final period Alex once again demonstrated his killing wrister. Skating two-on-one with Kharitonov, Perezhogin opted to shoot. However his first attempt was blocked by a diving Metallurg's defenceman, but Alex collected on the rebound sending the puck top shelf again.
At 7:20 Dmitry Zatonsky made it look embarrassing for Belousov's squad. Diminutive forward one-timed Maxim Sushinsky's cross-ice pass from the left circle for Avangard's sixth tally of the night.
Metallurg managed to restore some respect, as captain Evgeny Koreshkov and Alex Zotkin scored in the closing six minutes. Valery Karpov could had made it even more respectable, as he failed to beat Viyukhin on a penalty shot.
Via the victory Ivan Hlinka's side joined Ak Bars and Severstal in a three-way tie for second overall.
In SAINT-PETERSBURG, Boris Mikhailov's SKA continues to slide down the table loosing by a goal to Salavat Yulaev in a spirited contest. Canes' draftee Andrei Petrunin had two goals and an assists in winning cause, while Alexei Koznev scored twice for SKA.
In Luzhniki, MOSCOW - Six out of eight goals were scored on the power-play, as Dinamo and Molot-Prikamie skated to a tie. Dallas' prospect Alexei Tereschenko had four helpers for the Moscow club. Dinamo's head coach Zinetula Belyaletdinov left top scorer Andrei Razin in the stands, motivating his decision by center's poor play in recent games. Young phenom Alexander Ovechkin was benched for most of the second period and the third in its entirety: "Ovechkin's conditioning is poor at the moment. He played in all of our games this season and always covered a lot of ground, therefore the kid is probably exhausted," - explained Dinamo's bench boss.
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