The first games of the 9th Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Kids Hockey Tournament were played today in St Petersburg. First on the ice to fight for a place in the playoffs were the four teams of D group.
Torpedo from Nizhny Novgorod kept a clean sheet and powered a devastating 11 pucks into the goalmouth of Yamal from Salekhard. The second game of the day was just as spectacular and much more hard-fought, ending in a 6:3 score line for Vityaz from Podolsk in Moscow Region against Severstal from the steel town of Cherepovets. When the same teams met at the group stage last year the advantage was with the Severstal players, who defeated the Podolsk boys 3:1. The new generation of players from Vityaz took revenge this year.
The tournament in East Group begins tomorrow in Omsk, where the opening ceremony is scheduled at 16:00 (Moscow time). St Petersburg will hold its opening ceremony at 19:00. The opening games in both Groups (Avangard—Ak Bars in Omsk and SKA—CSKA in St Petersburg) will be broadcast live on KHL TV.
Other East Group games — Avangard—Sibir, Neftekhimik—Barys and Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)—Neftekhimik — will be broadcast live on our website.