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20 October, Tuesday

Ufa   °

Salavat Yulaev defeated Traktor on home ice


The Ufa Salavat Yulaev came out to the match with Traktor Chelyabinsk with an unusual line-up. The coronavirus has made its adjustments. Nikita Soshnikov made a company to Kadeikin and Manninen in the first line. Alexei Semenov, who played his 450th league match, came out with the captain's armband.

In the starting period, Salavat Yulaev had a task to stop the shutout streak of the Chelyabinsk goalkeeper Roman Villa. It lasted 100 minutes 13 seconds before the starting whistle in Ufa. As a result, it took the home team 11 minutes and 47 seconds to hit the guests' net. Kadeikin, Soshnikov, and Kugryshev finished the moment in the power play — 1: 0.

Towards the end of the twenty minutes, three Viktor Kozlov's players [acting head coach of HC "Salavat Yulaev" — ed.] were on the ice. Juha Metsola demonstrated miraculous saves. Anvar Gatiyatulin's team left for a break empty-handed.

At the beginning of the second period, Ufa-Arena witnessed Soshnikov's effective return. The forward first doubled the advantage of his team in the power play (2: 0), and after a couple of minutes made the opponent make a mistake. Later, both Ufa and Chelyabinsk players had two power plays. None of the rivals capitalized on them.

Then the classic five-man line of guests has achieved success, having scored a goal to gloom over in the locker room. Sergei Kalinin was at the right time and right place — 2: 1.

In the final segment of the match, the teams showed an even game. By the equator of the period, Nikita Soshnikov gave a confidence boost to Salavat Yulaev. The forward dragged the puck from the center of the rink and beat the guests' goalkeeper on the goal area — 3: 1.

The Chelyabinsk ice squad could not recoup, although, after a timeout, they changed the goalkeeper to the sixth player. The Ufa team made up for the previous offensive defeat from Sochi.

Salavat Yulaev will play the next match of the KHL regular championship against Vityaz at home on September 26.

/translated by Tatiana Aksyutina
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