Producing a powerful performance, SKA took HC Traktor to town in Chelyabinsk, claiming an emphatic 5:1 triumph on the road in the 2020/2021 KHL regular season.
It really was a breathless first period at the Traktor Ice Arena.
Within the opening 90 seconds, Anton Burdasov quickly gave SKA the lead, beating Traktor goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov with ease when clean through. However, six minutes later with our players on the powerplay, Traktor contrived to equalise shorthanded as Tomas Hyka lashed the puck over Magnus Hellberg’s glove when on the break-away.
Nevertheless, SKA promptly reinstated their lead on that same powerplay, with Burdasov going top shelf on Fedotov from the right faceoff circle. Creating several chances, our team piled the pressure on Traktor throughout the opening frame, with Andrei Kuzmenko and Malte Stromwall both failing to score with only Fedotov to beat. At the other end, Traktor were mainly relying on counter-attacks, however they did come close through Swedish defenseman Lawrence Pilut as his low attempt was saved by Hellberg’s left pad at point blank range.
Hellberg came to the rescue at the start of the second period. On the powerplay, Traktor created a golden opportunity for Hyka on the slot, but Hellberg had other ideas as the towering Swede somehow denied the Czech forward his second goal with a timely extension of his left pad.
A save which proved the turning point in the match.
In the 26th minute, Kirill Marchenko continued his impressive form for SKA, deceiving Fedotov with a cheeky wraparound to register his 10th goal of the campaign. In the box seat, the visitors piled the pressure on Traktor, and the fourth goal did arrive in the 34th minute of proceedings as Artyom Shvets-Rogovoi scored his first for SKA on the crease. Traktor head coach Anvar Gatiyatulin promptly made the call to pull Fedotov in favour of Roman Will after that goal.
SKA had Hellberg to thank for preserving the three-goal lead in the second stanza. After committing sloppy defensive errors, SKA allowed Pilut and Pontus Aberg to have chances 1 on 1, however Hellberg defiantly shut the door on both occasions.
In the third period, however, SKA managed to calm the tempo and comfortably keep Traktor at bay with the home team struggling to gain any momentum. Controlling the match professionally, SKA did round off proceedings with a fifth goal in the closing stages, as Vladislav Kamenev’s deflected shot rolled over the line after smacking the crossbar and hitting Will’s back. In the remaining four minutes, Hellberg stood tall to the shots which Traktor threw towards him, in turn seeing SKA through to a memorable 5:1 triumph!
SKA will now prepare to face Dinamo Riga in Saint Petersburg on Monday. The match is scheduled to begin at 19:30 local time.
Traktor - SKA - 1:5 (1:2, 0:2, 0:1)
0:1 Burdasov (Antipin, Kuzmenko), 01.28
1:1 Hyka (Sedlack, Isaev), 07.34
1:2 Burdasov (Tkachyov), 09.11
1:3 Marchenko (Morozov, Ozhiganov), 25.18
1:4 Shvets-Rogovoi (Antipin, Trenin), 33.38
1:5 Kamenev (Tkachyov), 56.03
Goalkeepers: Fedotov/Will - Hellberg
Shots on target: 17 - 33
Faceoffs: 20 - 24
Hits: 14 - 22
Penalty minutes: 6 - 2
Referees: Sergeev, Soin
05.12.2020. Traktor Ice Arena, Chelyabinsk.