- MYTISCHI – After a hard-fought battle against CSKA – 2 lead by Nikita Filatov
and Dmitry Kugryshev
, won in 4 matches with a very good performance by 2008 eligibles Chernov and Lazarev, Khimik – 2 went to the first league’s finals against HK Lipetsk. The roster of the farm club has been strengthened with some of the main team’s players like Nesterov and Kulik, while goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
was already a player of the farm after some discussion with the staff.
In the first game Khimik has triumphed over Lipetsk in a sell-out Zvezdni Arena with a 2-9 score (6 goals in the second period), with a double by Nesterov and goals from Kagarlitsky, Pavel Chernov
, Glukhov, Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators)
, Voroshnin and
The second match was more equilibrated, despite the fact that Khimik was leading 3 – 0 after 48 minutes thanks to the goals by Glukhov, Kagarlitsky and Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators)
. In the last minutes Lipetsk rallied twice, but couldn’t score the tying goal.
Also the third match was a good battle. After the usual suspect Glukhov scored the first goal of the game, Lipetsk managed to score three goals to get a surprising 1 – 3 lead. The music changes in the third period: with four unanswered goals by Nesterov, Blokhin, Lazarev and Kulik, Khimik skates past Lipets 5 – 3, gaining thus the victory. The award for the Best player of the final match has been presented to Aleksandr Blokhin.
“Goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
has really helped us” – declared head coach Sergei Borisov
to Soccer + Hockey journal. “In facts, he didn’t play for the main team since the New Year, it was better to play with us rather than sit on the bench”.