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SKA – Admiral – 6:1

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HC SKA press-service

In the concluding match of this home series, SKA emphatically defeated Admiral Vladivostok at the Ice Palace in the 2022/2023 KHL regular season, emerging victorious by a large score of 6:1.

SKA immediately took full charge of proceedings.

The deadlock was indeed broken inside the maiden four minutes. Lurking on the doorstep, Dmitrij Jaskin pounced on the rebound to knock the puck under the pads of Admiral goalkeeper Pavel Khomchenko.

Admiral really did struggle during the opening frame. Firmly on the back foot, the Vladivostok-based side spent practically the entire period inside their own zone, relying on Khomchenko to keep them in the game.

The second goal arrived in the 14th minute. Unmarked between the faceoff circles, Emil Galimov had enough space to direct a rising wrist shot which drifted over Khomchenko.

SKA were in full control. However, while our players were dominating proceedings, they carelessly wasted three powerplays in the first period alone. For their part, Admiral did come close to a goal for the first time at the end of the frame, as dangerous defenseman Libor Sulak unleashed a clattering slap shot over Dmitry Nikolaev’s crossbar.

SKA – Admiral – 6:1

The one-way traffic continued in the second period.

Gifted 19-year-old forward Dmitry Buchelnikov increased the advantage to three midway through the stanza with his long-awaited maiden KHL goal. Alone on the left flank, Galimov unselfishly dished an accurate pass across to Buchelnikov on the opposite wing, who expertly lifted his ensuing shot beyond the stricken goalkeeper.

Continuing to boss the match with ease, SKA tallied their fourth marker with a little over a minute remaining in the period. Simply too powerful for the static Admiral defence, the in-form Alexander Volkov sped clean through and carefully backhanded into the right corner.

Nevertheless, just like in the first period, SKA’s powerplay wasn’t clicking at all as another two chances to score on the man-advantage came and went.

The ensuing third period started with a fifth marker for SKA. In a seemingly harmless situation, Igor Ozhiganov suddenly decided to shoot from the right faceoff circle, and Khomchenko was caught cold in the Admiral goal.

To their credit, though, Admiral responded well and managed to get on the board in the seventh minute of the stanza. After escaping his marker on the slot, Rudolf Cerveny grabbed a consolation for the Vladivostok-based organisation with an unstoppable rocket.

The SKA coaching staff promptly made a planned goalkeeping change, with 18-year-old Sergei Ivanov replacing Nikolaev to record his KHL debut.

And it turned out to be an evening to remember for the teenager.

In superb shape, Ivanov pulled off a number of seriously tough saves with Admiral suddenly forcing the issue, displaying wonderful reactions and intelligence to stop a series of threatening attempts.

With Ivanov stopping all 10 shots he faced, SKA calmly saw the game out and will now prepare to compete against Dinamo Minsk in Belarus on Saturday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:10 local time.

Match protocol:

SKA – Admiral – 6:1 (2:0, 2:0, 2:1)

Goals:

1:0 Jaskin (Pedan, Grant), 03.47

2:0 Galimov (Zhafyarov, Falkovsky), 13.30

3:0 Buchelnikov (Galimov, Khairullin), 29.13

4:0 Volkov (Zykov, Falkovsky), 38.41

5:0 Ozhiganov (Khairullin, Tsitsyura), 41.54

5:1 Cerveny (Kristof, Gorshkov), 46.24 PPG

6:1 Nikishin (Vorobyov, Galimov), 58.00

Goalkeepers: Nikolaev/Ivanov – Khomchenko

Shots: 53 – 48

Shots on target: 25 – 24

Faceoffs: 30 – 32

Hits: 8 – 9

Blocked shots: 14 – 10

Penalty minutes: 19 – 19

Referees: Mochalov, Spirin

Linesmen: Sedov, Korolyov

28.09.2022. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg.

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