In a tight battle, SKA managed to pick up the one point against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl at the Ice Palace in the 2022/2023 KHL regular season, losing 1:2 in overtime.
Just like in the previous game against CSKA, our players came flying out of the blocks.
The breakthrough was logically made on the powerplay in the eighth minute following a lengthy spell of pressure. As a goalmouth scramble erupted, Lokomotiv goaltender Daniil Isaev was pulled out of position, and Marat Khusnutdinov was on hand to bundle the loose puck in.
Nevertheless, Lokomotiv gradually settled into the match and started to cause problems for the SKA defence.
Their improved play resulted in an equalising goal in the 17th minute. Lurking on the crease, Pavel Kraskovsky managed to deflect Rushan Rafikov’s wrister beyond SKA goalkeeper Vladislav Podyapolsky a mere matter of two seconds after Dmitry Jaskin’s cross-checking penalty had expired.
Both teams wasted further powerplays in the second period.
For the majority of the frame, SKA competed on the front foot, protecting possession and trying to create shooting lanes in the attacking zone. Lokomotiv were defending solidly, though, not allowing SKA to have any clear looks at Isaev’s net. Maxim Groshev had SKA’s only realistic chance of the stanza, twice shooting powerfully against Isaev from a good position.
Lokomotiv did have a lengthy spell of pressure midway through the period. At point-blank range, one of their players let SKA off the hook, knocking the puck against the right post with Podyapolsky helpless.
The third period saw the two teams exchange promising chances.
At full stretch, Podyapolsky got his left pad on a threatening wrist shot from the left wing. However, as the frame progressed, Lokomotiv began to sit back in defence and consequently invite plenty of pressure.
Danila Moiseev wasted SKA’s best chance. Standing on his own on the right, the forward saw his goalbound shot blocked, before no one could force the ensuing rebound in.
Overtime was indeed required. And, unfortunately, Lokomotiv landed the decisive blow.
Skating clean through, Artur Kayumov took aim and fired the puck under Podyapolsky’s blocker.
SKA will now prepare to face Torpedo in Nizhny Novgorod on Saturday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:00 local time.
SKA – Lokomotiv – 1:2 OT (1:1, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1)
1:0 Khusnutdinov (Zhafyarov, Glotov), 07.19 PPG
1:1 Kraskovsky (Rafikov, Alexeev), 16.52
1:2 Kayumov (Shalunov), 63.55
Goalkeepers: Podyapolsky – Isaev
Shots: 69 – 56
Shots on target: 32 – 25
Faceoffs: 28 – 24
Hits: 20 – 13
Blocked shots: 15 – 15
Penalty minutes: 6 – 8
Referees: Romasko, Yudakov
Linesmen: Bersenyov, Yudin
24.11.2022. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg.