Salavat Yulaev vs Ak Bars: winning goal was scored by Ufa team second before end
Hockey club Salavat Yulaev during the pause at Euro Hockey Tour had a little more rest than the rest of the KHL teams. According to the calendar, the Ufa ice squad immediately had to fight for points with the Eastern Conference leader and a principal rival from Kazan.
The teams showed high speeds, offensive opportunities, and, as a result, penalties. They had 10 penalty minutes in the first period for both teams. The almost sold-out Ufa-Arena did not see any goals, but emotions ran high. The Yanaul correctional school students watched the most spectacular opposition of the league from the Ufa Arena stands. Their dream was fulfilled by the Head of Bashkiria, Radiy Khabirov.
The second twenty minutes turned out to be more productive. Vyacheslav Solodukhin brought the hosts ahead. Then, a wave of penalties covered the participants of the "green derby". Dmitry Kvartalny's trainees received two bench penalties for diving. The refereeing team recorded and punished everything. The rivals again left for the break with an equal score — 1: 1. Stefan Da Costa was in the right place at the right time.
However, in the 53rd minute, Philip Larsen and his partners brought the Bashkir team forward. The goal was scored despite the request from the Ak Bars coach to block the goalkeeper. Though, Kazan overtook the Ufa team for the second time, having gained the powerplay and capitalized on it with an accurate throw by Danis Zaripov — 2: 2.
The rivals arranged something incredible at the end of the match. A second before the final siren, Salavat Yulaev snatched the victory. Alexander Kadeikin scored the third goal, which did not allow Ak Bars to win the KHL Eastern Conference in this game.
Tomi Lamsa's team will play the next match at home against Kunlun Red Star on 20 February. The beginning is at 7.00 pm Ufa time.