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The professor beats the leader and pushes Nikitin and Fedorov out of the top 3 of the Western Conference

Date: March 31, 2023 Time: 09:46:17

A fantastic match in St. Petersburg “Ice” with a large number of scoring opportunities turned into a beneficial performance for the goalkeepers – the military Podyapolsky Kulbakov. Only once did each of them capitulate, helping out in seemingly hopeless situations when the puck, according to all laws, should have flown into the net. And in the shootout, the gatekeepers allowed the gates to open only once – luck smiled at the car plant.

A week ago, we admired the audacity of Igor Larionov’s team, which beat champions CSKA 2:1 from a position of strength at home. True, many considered this success to be a success, first of all, the Slovak goalkeeper Huska.

Today, the Volga players once again confirmed the non-randomness of their stay in the top four in the West.

Photo source: HC “Torpedo” (Nizhny Novgorod)

Today, few doubted the victory of the leader. In addition, Roman Rotenberg’s pupils received a couple of extra days of rest, and the car factory left the first three in reserve, led by Kovalenko, plus a stubble defender. Yes, and the number one spot was taken by the Belarusian Kulbakov, who started in Nizhny Novgorod on a trial contract.

The hosts, in turn, entrusted the gate to newcomer Podyapolsky, who is still losing the competition to Nikolaev.

When the SKA captain Yashkin opened the scoring in a minority, not only ten and a half thousand fans on Ice, but also the army team itself believed in an easy victory for the hosts.

However, the eyes are afraid, but the clubs are. The guests turned the axis of scoring chances into a garbage goal in the third half. In extra time, the car factory powered the leaders, but Podyapolsky held firm as a wall. As, however, and Kulbakov.

And about the “penalty case”, as Larionov called the bullets, we have already said. We add that the last attempt of Nizhny Novgorod Mikheev turned out to be effective. The puck seeped through the goalkeeper’s kit and crawled like a snail behind the tape and hid behind the goalpost.

Rotenberg was discouraged by this turn, because recently his team met the daring “upstarts” in Nizhny Novgorod 6:2 without any problems, scoring three quick goals.

Photo source: HC SKA

Seven years “Torpedo” did not know victories in St. Petersburg. The curse was lifted by the professor. His team moved up to second place in the Western Conference, dropping Lokomotiv to third and CSKA to fourth. True, on Wednesday the champions can play retirement if they beat Kunlun at home. But remember how the “dragons” twice this season defeated the champions in Mytishchi (both times outside normal time) and let’s not rush to optimistic forecasts.

In 1961, “Torpedo” under the leadership of Dmitry Boginov (this coach has never played sports at a professional level) won silver medals, leaving only CSKA ahead. What is not a goal for the Professor?


SKA – Torpedo – 1:2 B (1:0, 0:0, 0:1, 0:0, 0:1). Goals: Yashkin – Letunov, Mikheev (dec. Blvd.).

Puck Henry
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