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Traktor overcame Torpedo in a brilliant fashion

Yevgeny Kuznetsov returned to action earlier than expected and joined his partners, Bulis and Chistov. Thus Antipov was put back in the third line along with Panov and Sayustov. Ryabykin went to the third line while Razin took Dmitry’s place in the first one. Garnett played in 16th consecutive game; Mezin was his substitute.

First period
Traktor was full of confidence in the starting moments of the match. In the very first attack Kuznetsov wrapped around the net and passed the puck to Chistov who sent it right to Koval’s pads. Sayustov and Antipov soon had a similar moment, but the score remained intact. Visitors responded with sharp attacks by Hietanen and Makarov. Middle-period Quint was sent to the penalty box, and Torpedo capitalized on the opportunity to perfection with Thörnberg executing a nice shot and leaving Garnett no chance. Zainullin had a breakaway momentarily, but this time Garnett stopped the shot. As the period was coming to a close, Torpedo doubled their lead. Thörnberg scored his second goal in the match with a shot to the top corner.

Second period
After the break the machine, better known as Traktor, finally began to spin. First off, Kostitsyn completely obliterated Torpedo’s defender, proving once again that he is one of the best powerhouses in all of KHL. Around the middle of the period Karpov and Kuznetsov had a great chance to curtail the goal margin, but Koval turned the first shot away, and Kuznetsov missed the net. Halfway through the match Katichev pulled one back with a scintillating shot from the blue line. Two minutes after Kuznetsov could tie the game when Kontiola sent the puck to the far post, but somehow Koval was able to move to the corner and make a pad save. Goal was imminent, and it came rather sooner than later. Deron Quint slapped heavily from the blue line and tied the match. The period was far from over though as Panov turned the puck over in the attacking zone, turned around and gave Traktor the lead.

Third period

Four minutes into the period Traktor solidified the advantage. Kostitsyn feigned a shot and made a surgically precise pass to the far post where Yakutsenya could not miss. Both teams took a short breather that quickly ended with Zainullin pulling one back and bringing the intrigue back to the seemingly settled match. However, the intrigue quickly evaporated as Petri Kontiola restored the two-goal margin – 5:3. Late in the third Traktor was left with two-man disadvantage that made the raucous Chelyabinsk crowd rise to their feet and cheer for their favorites as hard as ever. Traktor persevered and score their sixth game’s goal. While playing shorthanded, Kontiola and Yakutsenya constructed a swift attack, and the latter scored his second goal in tonight’s game. Traktor came off with a splendid comeback victory and solidified their lead in the Eastern conference standings with 34 points.

Stats and details

Traktor (Chelyabinsk) vs. Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod) – 6:3 (0:2, 3:0, 3:1)

Thörnberg (Makarov, Hietanen), 14 (0:1 – power play); Thörnberg (Makarov),19 (0:2);Katichev (Kuznetsov), 31 (1:2); Quint (Kontiola, Yakutsenya), 38 (2:2 – power play); Panov, 40 (3:2); Yakutsenya (Kontiola, Kostitsyn), 44 (4:2); Zainullin (Nillson, Yevseyenkov), 51 (4:3); Kontiola (Kostitsyn), 54 (5:3); Yakutsenya (Katichev, Kontiola), 58 (6:3 – shorthanded).

Traktor (Chelyabinsk)
Quint – Razin (A), Chistov – Bulis – Kuznetsov,
Belov – Vasilchenko, Yakutsenya – Kontiola – Kostitsyn,
Katichev – Ryabykin (A), Panov (A) – Sayustov – Antipov (C),
Nesterov, Glinkin – Popov – Karpov.

Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod)
Malenkikh – Hietanen, Galuzin – Makarov (A) – Thörnberg,
Vasiliev – Kousa, Potapov (A) – Schastlivy – Varnakov (C),
Tyulyapkin – Yevseyenkov, Zainullin – Gorbunov – Nillson,
Valuysky – Arkhipov – Chernov.

Penalty Minutes:6 (2+0+4) - 4 (0+2+2).
Shots:34 (9+13+12) - 29 (11+8+10).
Faceoffs Won:34 (11+8+15) - 30 (6+13+11).
Time on Ice: Kuznetsov (24:15), Belov (21:09), Kontiola (20:50) - Kousa (22:34), Hietanen (20:27), Tyulyapkin (19:58).
Power Play Goals:1-1.

Referees: Vyacheslav Bulanov, Aleksandr Soin (both – Moscow).
Linesmen:Dmitry Golovlev (Naberezhnye Chelny), Aleksandr Sysuyev (Ufa).

October 17, 2012. Traktor Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia. Attendance – 7500.