In the concluding match of the 2022 Nikolai Puchkov Tournament, SKA just came up short against Avangard Omsk in a thriller, conceding a slender 2:3 defeat.
The pulsating action started in the 23rd second of proceedings.
And it’s a goal which Alexander Samonov will certainly want back.
Christian Jaros decided to unleash a seemingly harmless slap shot on the right flank, but Samonov failed to read the play successfully and allowed the puck to slip through his body.
Avangard wasted a few opportunities to increase their advantage on a subsequent powerplay. Nevertheless, SKA began to improve as the first period continued, finding an equaliser in the 18th minute as Artyom Fyodorov forced the puck in on a goalmouth scramble after the lively Maxim Groshev had struck the crossbar.
SKA took the lead in the 42nd second of the second stanza.
With the Avangard defence out of position, Dmitrij Jaskin had time and space in which to pick his spot on the counter-attack, and he lashed a firm effort beyond opposing goaltender Stanislav Galimov from the left wing.
However, Avangard didn’t have to wait long for their equalising goal.
On the break-away, a smart passing play found Alex Broadhurst on the left faceoff circle, who gave Samonov no chance with a rasping wrister.
The remainder of the frame. Piling on the pressure, our players competed with the initiative and with plenty of aggression, testing Galimov in the Avangard net on a regular basis.
The impressive 18-year-old Dmitry Buchelnikov almost gave SKA the advantage again at the start of the third period.
Closing down on goal from deep, he only had Galimov to beat, but his thumping wrister flew inches off target with the goaltender panicking.
The decisive moment of the game arrived with around five minutes remaining in the stanza.
Unmarked on the right faceoff circle, Reid Boucher hit the jackpot with an unstoppable one-timer.
After pulling Samonov for the extra skater and being gifted with a late powerplay, SKA applied overwhelming pressure on Avangard, but the puck refused to go in despite our team creating a large amount of clear scoring opportunities.
In accordance with the competition regulations, an overtime period and penalty shootout were held afterwards, with Ivan Telegin scoring for Avangard in the extra frame and Mikhail Vorobyov, Alex Grant, Boucher and Vladimir Bryukvin netting penalty shots.
Regardless of this result, SKA have won the tournament, finishing ahead of Sibir Novosibirsk thanks to a superior head-to-head record.
Next Saturday, at 17:00 local time, SKA will host Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the opening match of the 2022/2023 KHL regular season.
SKA – Avangard – 2:3 (1:1, 1:1, 0:1)
0:1 Jaros (Knight, Tolchinsky), 00.23
1:1 Fyodorov (Groshev), 17.26
2:1 Jaskin (Zhafyarov, Nikishin), 20.42
2:2 Broadhurst (Sharipzyanov, Tkachyov), 25.20
2:3 Boucher (Jaros, Tkachyov), 54.22 PPG
Goalkeepers: Samonov – Galimov
Shots: 86 – 46
Shots on target: 40 – 22
Faceoffs: 33 – 34
Hits: 6 – 7
Blocked shots: 15 – 29
Penalty minutes: 12 – 10
Referees: Vasiliev, Romasko
Linesmen: Sadovnikov, Slavikovsky
27.08.2022. Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg.