Traktor beats Metallurg 2-0 in their season’s debut

First period

The first period was evenly matched as both teams had their fair share of scoring chances. The gunplay began with each forward of Traktor’s third line having a goal-scoring opportunity, but Metallurg’s goalie Ari Ahonen turned the shots aside. Four minutes into the match, Aleksey Vasilchenko performed a nice hit on visitors’ captain Denis Platonov who immediately wanted to exact revenge. To Aleksey’s credit, he remained unprovoked. A bit later on Mats Zuccarello (the most active of Metallurg’s players in the first period) outplayed three Traktor’s players and took a wrist shot that made Michael Garnett do a leg-split to make the save. Towards the middle of the period Traktor seemed to have taken the initiative. Seven minutes into the game Aleksandr Suglobov hit the post; Stanislav Chistov could not score from one-meter distance in the very next shift. Four minutes later Traktor’s first line constructed a scintillating three-way combination, but Jan Bulis couldn’t put it away. After the fireworks settled down a bit, the match took a much calmer pace. The only moment in the end of the period worth mentioning is Denis Platonov’s goal-scoring chance stopped by Michael Garnett.

Second period

Second period was equally as emotional as the first one. During the first seven minutes both teams were able to accumulate two substantial goal-scoring chances, Traktor being the only ones to be a threat to opponent’s goaltender. Firstly Kuznetsov could not catch Karpov’s pass; then Traktor’s third line locked the visitors in their zone, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Eight minutes into the period Jan Bulis got the fans in attendance excited as he completely obliterated Denis Bondarev with a vicious hit, thus establishing Traktor’s dominance in the power game. After the match passed the 30-minute mark, both teams had a power play but only managed to amass two shots (one for both Traktor and Metallurg). Khabarov’s slap shot was turned away by Garnett, Quint’s shot – by Ahonen. Nevertheless, the Traktor’s third line managed to have their way. After one of Metallurg’s players got the gate, Kontiola found Quint with a marvelous pass through the whole zone, and the latter executed the shot perfectly, getting his team ahead. In the closing moments of the period a little brawl took place near Metallurg’s goal. As a result. the referees decided to send Justin Hodgman (Metallurg), Vladimir Antipov and Gennady Razin (both – Traktor) to the penalty box.


Traktor began the last period shorthanded but, thanks to good defense, managed to avoid trouble. Around the middle of the period Yakutsenya and Belov could have pretty much sealed the deal by scoring the game’s second goal, but Ahonen was brilliant. Traktor had the initiative and constantly was on the offensive while Metallurg preferred rare outings into Traktor’s zone. 49th minute saw the sensational save made by Michael Garnett who turned aside Matt Zuccarello’s three-meter distance shot. Other period’s noteworthy moments include Yevgeny Kuznetsov’s puck juggling and empty net goal that set the game’s final score. The season’s debut for Traktor marks the first victory, first season shutout for Michael Garnett and first ‘Molodtsy’ (eng. ‘way to go’) chant given by the raucous Chelyabinsk


Stats and Details

Traktor (Chelyabinsk) vs Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) – 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)

Goals: Quint (Kontiola), 40 (1:0 – PP), Kuznetsov, 60 (2:0 – empty net). 

Traktor (Chelyabinsk)
Garnett (G);
Quint – Ryabykin (A), Chistov – Bulis – Kuznetsov,
Belov – Vasilchenko, Karpov – Kontiola – Yakutsenya,
Razin – Katichev, Glinkin – Popov – Antipov (C),
Zakiev – Sayustov – Suglobov.

Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)
Ahonen (G);
Biryukov (A) – Misharin, Kaygorodov – O`Reiily – Platonov (C), 
Antipin – Tverdovsky (A), Kazionov – Hodgman – Zdunov,
Bondarev – Khabarov, Lisin – Yakubov – Zuccarello,
Bernatsky, Potekhin – Schenfeldt – Kosov. 

Penalty Mintues: 16 (0+16+0) - 8 (0+6+2)
Shots: 26 (8+7+11) - 27 (8+9+10)
Faceoffs Won: 31 (7+10+14) - 26 (7+10+9)
Time on Ice: Ryabykin (26:35), Quint (24:08), Bulis (20:39) - Misharin (20:51), O`Reilly (20:17), Khabarov (19:50)
PP Goals: 1 - 0

Referees: Yevgeny Romasko (Tver, Russia), Jyri Ronn (Finland).
Linesmen: Sergey Misyur (Nizhny Tagil, Russia), Stanislav Raming (Yekaterinburg, Russia).

September 6, 2012. Traktor ice Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia. Attendance – 7300.