The second Army Derby of the 2017/2018 KHL season took place in Moscow between HC CSKA and SKA Saint Petersburg. Following the victory against Jokerit on Saturday, head coach Oleg Znarok kept the team largely the same. Igor Shestyorkin and Ilya Sorokin were the starting goaltenders.
Inside a packed CSKA Ice Palace, both teams made a cautious start to proceedings. Our players were happy to wait for counterattack opportunities, while CSKA weren’t willing to take any risks. The hosts did turn the screw as the period wore on, but Igor Shestyorkin calmly dealt with the danger. His best save came against Ivan Telegin, as he displayed expert reactions to field the CSKA forward’s one timer. Andrei Svetlakov then missed a glorious chance for CSKA, blazing over the crossbar at point blank range. Ilya Sorokin didn’t have much to do in the CSKA net, saving only nine shots in the frame.
SKA continued struggling in the second period. CSKA were gradually increasing the intensity in Moscow, forcing Igor Shestyorkin into some smart stops. Nevertheless, against the run of play, SKA struck first blood with a man’s advantage. Vyacheslav Voynov hung at the blue line, received the puck, and lashed a wrist shot beyond the unsighted Ilya Sorokin. Jarno Koskiranta should have doubled SKA’s money moments later, but he tapped wide of an open net. CSKA forward Ivan Telegin came the closest to an equaliser for the home side, firing directly into Igor Shestyorkin’s chest on the doorstep.
With the game on a knife’s edge, SKA needed an insurance goal. Thankfully, it came seven minutes into the third frame. Ilya Kovalchuk was the scorer, firmly wristing an instant attempt past CSKA’s goalkeeper on the powerplay. Buoyed by that goal, our players then extended the lead to 3:0. Nikolai Prokhorkin dished a beautiful pass to the onrushing Ilya Kovalchuk, who chipped the puck into the right corner. CSKA looked dead and buried, but they had other ideas. Andrei Kuzmenko gave the home fans hope with a powerplay goal, netting from the left faceoff circle. Pavel Datsyuk immediately reinstated SKA’s three goal lead when going top shelf on Ilya Sorokin, however Ivan Telegin scored on the crease to get CSKA back to within two. SKA weren’t to be denied though, and Ilya Kovalchuk sealed his hat trick with an empty netter. 5:2, SKA survive a late a scare and defeat HC CSKA in Moscow!
CSKA – SKA – 2:5 (0:0, 0:1, 2:4)
0:1 Voynov (Kovalchuk), 32.19
0:2 Kovalchuk (Datsyuk), 46.17
0:3 Kovalchuk (Plotnikov, Prokhorkin), 48.20
1:3 Kuzmenko (Marchenko, Ozhiganov), 51.08
1:4 Datsyuk (Karpov), 51.55
2:4 Telegin (Popov), 54.05
2:5 Kovalchuk (Ketov), 59.47
Goalkeepers: Sorokin – Shestyorkin
Shots on target: 31 – 22
Penalty minutes: 8 – 10
Faceoffs: 24 – 29
Hits: 21 – 34
Referees: Olenin, Jerabek
23.10.2017. CSKA Ice Palace, Moscow.