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28 January, Thursday

Ufa   °

Granlund's goal helped Salavat Yulaev beat Avtomobilist


Having lost the final match of the home series, HC Salavat Yulaev went away. The first match is in Yekaterinburg against the Avtomobilist team, which does not win during five games at all.

A defender Mikhail Naumenkov made his debut in this match for the Ufa club. Ilya Baranov and Eduard Gimatov also appeared among the Ufa team. The last forward played nine matches for the Neftekamsk "Toros". Changes in the Bashkir team are connected with three players' departure to the youth team's location to prepare for the World Cup.

Obviously, both Tomi Lamsa and Bill Peters most likely chose defensive hockey for this game. This conclusion suggests itself after 60 minutes without goals. The statistics of the opponents did not differ much either.

In the third period, Vladislav Kartaev could bring his team forward, going one-on-one with Kovar's empty net.  The forward missed the puck.

In overtime, the Ufa team was lucky to have the powerplay and capitalized on it with the help of Hartikainen's pass and Granlund's throw — 0: 1. Avtomobilist's sixth defeat and Daniil Tarasov's second shutout in the season.

HC Salavat Yulaev will play the next match against Jokerit in Finland on December 2.

/translated by Tatiana Aksyutina
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