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SKA - Lokomotiv - 1:3

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HC SKA press-service

In a forgettable match, SKA didn’t have enough to push past Lokomotiv Yaroslavl at home in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season today, conceding an underwhelming 1:3 defeat.

The visitors quickly opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Lars Johansson stopped the initial shot at point-blank range but, after our defensemen couldn’t collect the loose puck, Alexander Polunin managed to bat the puck over the line.

Lokomotiv controlled the majority of the opening frame. Although SKA tried to apply pressure, the Yaroslavl-based outfit calmly kept our players well away from their zone, consequently only allowing the home team to register one shot on target. Kirill Kirsanov had one of our rare opportunities, lashing a fierce wrister wide of the left post after pouncing on a stray pass from Lokomotiv goaltender Edward Pasquale.

The away team’s in-form second line of Polunin, Pavel Kraskovsky and Yegor Korshkov tallied the second goal in the second minute of the second stanza.

Completely unmarked on the left faceoff circle, Polunin thumped an unstoppable one-timer beyond Johansson after being cleverly picked out by Korshkov.

SKA were struggling to generate any kind of attacking traction. However, as the period progressed, our team did finally begin to create shooting lanes in the opposing zone, with the likes of Oscar Fantenberg, Anton Burdasov and Leo Komarov making Pasquale work. Alone on the doorstep, Komarov should have halved the deficit for SKA, but he could only tip the puck wide of the gaping right corner.

SKA - Lokomotiv - 1:3

On the counter-attack, Lokomotiv were also proving to be somewhat dangerous, as Johansson pulled off a series of tough saves to keep SKA in the game.

Lokomotiv practically put the match to bed in the 45th minute.

Barging his way to the crease, Polunin was simply too hot to handle for our defence, and he carefully lifted the puck over Johansson’s glove to seal his hat-trick.

The game looked dead and buried. Nevertheless, SKA weren’t prepared to go down without a fight, and Burdasov got the home team on the board just 60 seconds later as he got the better of Pasquale with a powerful slap shot on the break-away.

SKA subsequently drew an interference penalty out of Lokomotiv defenseman Alexander Elesin. Unfortunately, Lokomotiv did manage to protect Pasquale during those ensuing two minutes, keeping SKA at a safe distance and not giving our team clear looks at their net.

In the closing minutes, SKA pulled Johansson for the extra skater, but Lokomotiv held on for dear life.

SKA will now prepare to host Sibir Novosibirsk in Saint Petersburg on Friday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:30 local time.

Match protocol:

SKA - Lokomotiv - 1:3 (0:1, 0:1, 1:1)

Goals:

0:1 Polunin (Kraskovsky), 04.41

0:2 Polunin (Korshkov), 21.35

0:3 Polunin (Kraskovsky), 44.11

1:3 Burdasov (Kuzmenko, Pautov), 45.35

Goalkeepers: Johansson - Pasquale

Shots on target: 18 - 22

Faceoffs: 27 - 24

Hits: 20 - 12

Blocked shots: 10 - 22

Penalty minutes: 0 - 4

Referees: Olenin, Fateev

17.11.2021. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg.

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