Jokerit Helsinki and HC Severstal Cherepovets played against each other in their final 2017 Nikolai Puchkov tournament group stage match. Jokerit had won their first game against SKA-Neva 3:1, while Severstal lost to SKA-Neva 0:3.
The game was decided in a thrilling opening period, as Severstal managed to score two crucial goals. Jokerit's Niklas Jensen replied to Matej Stransky's early Severstal goal, but Nikolai Kazakovtsev netted Severstal's winning marker after just seven minutes.
This result left Jokerit and SKA-Neva level on both points and goal difference. The winner of Group B was decided by a coin toss which Jokerit won, meaning that the Finns will compete in tomorrow's final against either SKA or the Canadian national team.
Jokerit - Severstal - 1:2 (1:2, 0:0, 0:0)
0:1 Stransky (Holik, Rybin), 00.51
1:1 N. Jensen (J. Jensen), 03.06
1:2 Kazakovtsev (Kodola), 07.04
Goalkeepers: Ratilainen - Hudacek
Shots on target: 20 - 19
Penalty minutes: 26 - 24