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Traktor with a stinging loss to Barys

First period
Traktor played shorthanded for almost ten minutes of the period which was quickly reflected on the scoreboard. But before that Traktor looked ready for a fight and constructed a couple of sharp attacks, but Barys’ goalie Teemu Lassila did not budge. Some time later Traktor got the power play which swiftly transformed into four-on-four and then the power play for Barys because Chistov got a four-minute penalty. Traktor showcased a perfect way of penalty killing, but once Chistov returned to the ice, referees left the home team shorthanded for another four minutes. This time Barys was able to capitalize on this golden opportunity; Starchenko exploited a one-on-one situation to perfection, and then Upper was first to add the puck into the net from the goal crease.Traktor was already captain-less at this point as Vladimir Antipov selflessly threw himself in puck’s way, got hurt and left the ice; Antipov’s place in the third line was occupied by Nichushkin. Barys had another great opportunity to score the third goal, but Boyd sent the puck wide in a one-on-one situation. Traktor was seemingly coming around towards the end of the period, but it was not to be as the referees gave Barys another chance at power play. Traktor managed to keep the margin intact though, and both teams headed for an intermission.

Second period

Two minutes into the period Traktor eventually got their chance at power play; Shinin and Quint had decent goal-scoring chances, but failed to at least pull one back. Traktor looked better in the beginning of the period; Kuznetsov had a scoring ooportunity, but Lassila prevailed on that exchange. Barys evened up the game towards the middle of the period and suddenly scored their third (Dawes). Traktor then killed another penalty and came off with a great three-minute segment; during these moments the home team had two great scoring chances at the hands of the fourth line, but Teemu Lassila came out victorious on both exchanges. Kuznetsov and Panov had a similar moment around the end of the period, but the latter could not quite hit the puck.

Third period

Third period was the calmest of all with a minimum of scoring chances and lots of power game. Visitors hit the bar to begin to the period; Traktor quickly recovered and organized another three-minute barrage, but it seemed as if it was not Traktor’s day – the puck just could not find its way into Lassila’s net. Home team had two power plays, they charged shot after shot; Kuznetsov outplayed defender after defender, but all the efforts were denied either by Barys’s defensemen or by Lassila. The post of Mezin’s net saved Traktor from more trouble; Rudenko could not score in yet another one-on-one, and that was it for tonight. 0:3, and even though Traktor had twice as much shots on goal than Barys, it was the first Traktor’s game without points since October 8th.

Stats and details

Traktor (Chelyabinsk) vs. Barys (Astana) – 0:3 (0:2, 0:1, 0:0)

Starchenko (Novopashin, Hedman), 10 (0:1 – PP); Upper (Starchenko, Hedman), 12 (0:2 – PP); Dawes (Boyd, Hedman), 31 (0:3).

Traktor (Chelyabinsk)

Quint – Razin, Chistov – Bulis – Kuznetsov,
Shinin – Vasilchenko, Yakutsenya – Kontiola – Kostitsyn,
Katichev – Ryabykin (A), Panov (A) – Dugin – Antipov (C) ,
Nesterov, Glinkin – Popov – Karpov,

Barys (Astana)

Hedman – Novopashin (A), Rudenko (A) – Upper (C) – Starchenko,
Litvinenko – Savchenko, M. Spiridonov – Antropov – Bochenski,
Grigoriev – Fadeyev, Dawes – Boyd – Rakhmanov,
Aleksandrov – A. Spiridonov – Yermolayev.

Penalty Minutes:
24 (20+4+0) -14 (2+8+4).
Shots: 28 (9+12+7) -14 (5+4+5).
Faceoffs Won: 32 (5+19+8) - 23 (9+6+8).
Time on Ice: Shinin (22:23), Kuznetsov (22:21), Bulis (22:20) - Savchenko (23:07), Hedman (23:04), Litvinenko (22:52).
Power Play Goals: 0-2.

Referees: Aleksey Belov (Yaroslavl), Sergey Kulakov (Tver).
Linesmen: Andrey Matyusha (Barnaul), Viktor Pavlov (Novosibirsk).

November 21, 2012. Traktor Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia. Attendance – 7000.