Avangard Omsk topped host team Salavat Yulaev 3-2 in overtime today to win their first ever President of the Republic of Bashkortostan Cup. Second place in the pre-season exhibition tournament went to Ranger draftee Ivan Baranka’s Spartak Moscow, while the tournament hosts picked up third place.
Despite it only being an exhibition tournament, both teams iced lineups that are close approximations of the rosters with which they will likely start the regular season next month. And both played to win, knowing by the time the game started that whoever won the game would take home the tournament trophy. Omsk never lead in the game, falling behind just past the half way point of the first period while Cherepanov sat in the penalty box for slashing. But with 53 seconds to go in the period, they came back to tie the game on a goal by Czech Pavel Rosa, assisted by Jaromir Jagr, who’s said to be playing at less than 100% after taking a hard hit in Omsk’s game against Spartak. Last year’s Russian Super League champions re-took the lead in the 13th minute of second period, and held it until 3:51 of the third, when Cherepanov fed a streaking Anton Kuryanov for the tying goal. The third period ended with a flury of penalties, including one to Jagr, which left Omsk to start the extra period a man down, 4-on-3. But they held off the home team and went on power play of their own, on which Czech Jacob Klepis scored the game winner to give Omsk their first title in the 10th annual President of the Republic of Bashkortostan Cup.
Jagr finished the tournament with 7 points (3g, 4a) in four games, tied with linemate Jacob Klepis for tops in the tournament. Cherepanov 4 goals tied for tops in the tournament, though two others did it in one fewer game. Ranger property and former Wolf Pack defenseman Ivan Baranka picked up 2 goals and an assist in four games played. NHL deserter and home team favorite Alexander Radulov won the award for best forward in the tournament for his 3 goal and 1 assist performance in four games played.
The Hawks will head back to Omsk to continue their pre-season training on Tueday, while Jagr heads to the Czech Republic for a few days to participate in a Team Jagr charity game. Then he’ll rejoin the team in Omsk, where they will host the Victor Blinov Memorial Tournament, their final tune up before the start of the regular season, which runs from August 22-27.
2 Comments so far
Leave a comment
Leave a comment