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Loko crushed SKA in the first game of the MHL finals! Yaroslavl going for two titles?

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 03:34:44

Loko crushed SKA in the first game of the MHL finals! Yaroslavl going for two titles?

Rodion Vlasov April 17, 2024, 21:50 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

In the youth league, the Yaroslavl team is not considered a favorite, but it won: not even a goal from a super talent helped the St. Petersburg club.

It seems like almost all of the hype from this year’s playoffs went to the KHL. Of the 14 series, only two of the lower-seeded teams went further: Almaz and Chaika, who had solid junior landings. As expected, the two best teams from the West, which for a long time was considered stronger than the East, took part in the final: SKA-1946 and Loko.

For the young people of Saint Petersburg the trip was not without adventures. Despite having a deeper roster and at MHL level, the “forty-sixth” sensationally lost two games in the first round against the much more modest Dinamo St. Petersburg. After that, according to the old SKA tradition, the system team changed its head coach. German Titov, who worked with SKA-Junior this year, led the team to the decisive fifth match of the first round. After this change, things were much happier for the young soldiers and on the way to the final they only lost one match.

For Loko, the final of the Kharlamov Cup at some point became commonplace, but the last two eliminations were very painful: especially the dry elimination in last year’s semi-final against Chaika. There are no obvious stars on this Loko team, but 17-year-old Yegor Surin stands out: in the latest draft ratings, the forward was in the middle of the second round, and 20 points in 14 playoff games could help him move up little higher. The best young players in the system are now playing in the Gagarin Cup final: these are Dmitry Simashev and Danil Buta.

The SKA lineup was much deeper. Many American fans were furious that SKA did not give one of the future draft favorites, Ivan Demidov, a chance in the starting lineup. He had clearly outgrown the MHL, scoring an average of two points per game in the regular season and single-handedly turning around failed games in the playoffs. The relegation of the KHL and VHL teams made it possible to incorporate the best: it is significant that today the leader of the Reaktor at the beginning of the season, Amir Nugmanov, and Semyon Sinyatkin, who played for Neva in the VHL, were in the fourth line. Pavel Moisevich started the series in the “forty-sixth” goal, who during the season won the fight for the place of the second starting goalkeeper.

In the opener of the game, the 46ers were a little more active in terms of shooting activity, but were not allowed to enter the more dangerous areas of the court. The first goal of the final, however, was scored by the home team, and it came after the first penalty of the final: Yaroslav Labutkin did not shoot from the most visible position from the blue line, but the puck bounced slightly and flew towards Moisevich. goal.

Almost the key moment came at the end of the first half of the game. SKA increased its momentum considerably, Yaroslavl goalkeeper Sergei Murashov made several saves after SKA’s shots from close range, but was unable to save Sinyatkin from the goal, who fired into an empty corner after Loko missed in his zone . The guests, encouraged, flew forward, Demidov could have led his team after an individual advance, but Loko was saved by Murashov. Within seconds, the hosts took the lead when Ilya Rogovsky instantly won the fight over the defenders and scored in the locker room.

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In the second period, Loko went on a power play for the second time, but SKA got back into the game at the end of the period, tying the score. The guests showed that they also know how to convert additional players and at the same time very quickly. Demidov waited 10 seconds for the pass to come to him and threw very accurately at the moment when Murashov was covered by almost half of the hockey players on the ice.

However, the goal in the locker room did not encourage SKA: Loko locked the guests in the zone in the first turn of the third period and began to charge Moisevich in the goal. In the end the Belarusian goalkeeper made a fatal mistake: he could not secure the puck and Maxim Korostelev oriented himself in time and finished. As it turned out, this goal was the winner. After a couple of turns, the “forty-sixth” failed in the rival zone, the guests fled to the counterattack, where Maxim Maltsev did not flirt with his partner and launched himself. Moisevich then walked out the door.

The SKA youth team, of course, tried to save the match, but with the score 3:5 the guests almost did not create anything, they almost did not let them play. The 46th, like the main team, eliminated the goalkeeper quite early, already three and a half minutes before the end, but this only helped Surin, who improved his statistics with a goal into an empty net.

For the fourth time in the history of the KHL-MHL vertical, both the main and youth teams reached the final, while no one managed to achieve the “golden” double. Lokomotiv is still considered the undisputed favorite of the final, but in the MHL most bets were placed on SKA-1946. Maybe Yaroslavl will now go down in history?

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