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SKA - Torpedo - 3:0

Match reportTorpedoSKA - Torpedo - 070122
HC SKA press-service

At home, SKA made short work of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season, coasting to a comfortable 3:0 triumph.

It took a while for our players to break through, though. In superb form, Torpedo goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov was unbeatable during the opening frame, stopping all 15 shots he faced with the hosts pressing with intent inside the attacking zone. On the other hand, Lars Johansson was practically a spectator in our net, only being forced into two saves.

SKA did deservedly take the lead with two quickfire goals at the start of the second period.

Unmarked on the doorstep, Mikhail Vorobyov fired over Kochetkov's blocker after receiving a fantastic pass from Mikko Lehtonen, before Leo Komarov subsequently wristed high into the left corner on the counter-attack.

Torpedo spent the vast majority of the stanza stuck in their own zone, with Kochetkov keeping them in the game with wonderful saves. In the closing stages of the period, the visiting team did waste a couple of glorious chances of their own, with Lars Johansson denying Damir Zhafyarov and the lively Marek Hrivik.

SKA went on to practically end the match as a contest on an extended powerplay in the third minute of the third period.

SKA - Torpedo - 3:0

Andrei Kuzmenko was the man of the moment, tapping home from the crease to give a flowing play the perfect finish which it deserved.

SKA's main goal was now to protect Johansson's ninth shutout of the campaign. Thankfully, despite Ivan Chekhovich striking the left post on the powerplay and Johansson somehow preventing the puck from crossing the line at point-blank range, SKA managed to keep the clean sheet intact and calmly see the game out.

Our team will now prepare to host CSKA Moscow in Saint Petersburg on Sunday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Match protocol:

SKA - Torpedo - 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0)

Goals:

1:0 Vorobyov (Lehtonen, Gusev), 22.55

2:0 Komarov (Burdasov), 24.16

3:0 Kuzmenko (Burdasov, Komarov), 42.54 PPG

Goalkeepers: Johansson - Kochetkov

Shots: 63 - 44

Shots on target: 41 - 24

Faceoffs: 31 - 20

Hits: 15 - 14

Blocked shots: 9 - 11

Penalty minutes: 6 - 7

Referees: Odins, Hribik

Linesmen: Lazarev, Novikov

07.01.2022.

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