HC Sochi loses 3-4 after being 0-3 down against Lok in a 3-3 draw and loses points in the playoff fight also as Torpedo after a 2-3 overtime defeat vs Neftekhimik.

There were two important games on the board today. It was especially for the HC Sochi and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod for important playoff points. Sochi started with two points ahead of rival Dinamo Riga in today’s home game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The leopards won their first game against Lok in November. Yaroslavl lost 0-1 last week and Sochi lost an important point after losing to Bratislava 1-2 in an overtime.

Lok was a slightly better team in the first period, so Danil Yurtaikin and Rushan Rafikov also had two good chances for the lead. The home team missed the best chance when two players headed for Lok goalie Ilya Konovalov. The goalie remained victorious in the end. So it was the first break. After the restart Lokomotiv put in two goals with goals from Mikhail Belyayev in the 26th minute and Danil Yurtaikin (28.min). In the 34.Minute it was really hectic and so had two players per team on the penalty box. The situation also calmed down and in the 45th minute Lok seemed to be the sure winner of the match when Andrei Loktionov scored the 3-0 lead. In the 47th minute but then the first goal of the hosts by Martin Bakos. When Yegor Rykov scored in the 50th minute, everything was suddenly open in this match. In the 54th minute the leopards even managed to equalize in powerplay thanks to Eric O’Dell. But from a possible victory or at least points win for Sochi it would be nothing. Lok succeeds only four minutes later, also by a power play goal, again the opening goal. Sochi tried everything but Lok brought the tight lead over time and thus secures third place in the west from further. Sochi, however, remains with 56 points in 8th place.

HC Sochi vs Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3-4 (0-0, 0-2, 3-2)

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod started the match against Neftekhimik by six points on the 9th Sibir. The guests from Nizhnekamsk had to win to preserve their still very small chance of a playoff place.

In a fairly balanced game, it took Novgorod to 33 minutes before the first goal came. Mikhail Orlov made it home for the home team, but just four minutes later, thanks to Pavel Poryadin, Neftekhimik managed a quick equalizer.
In the third period, the guests then put through a Powerplay goal by Rafael Bikmullin and this also seemed to last until the end. But Varnakov received a penalty 62 seconds before the end and Torpedo had to take full risk. This was rewarded – Andy Miele scored the equalizer 38 seconds before the end, and in the minority. More than this point could not be fetched for Torpedo. After just 32 seconds in overtime, Neftekhimik used the powerplay, with Marat Khairullim scoring the 3-2 overtime win to end the game.

Nizhny Novgorod vs Niznekamsk 2-3 OT (0-0, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)