In St Petersburg the semi-finals of the West Group in the 9th Gazprom Neft Cup have finished. CSKA’s dreams to repeat last year’s success were smashed in the fight against their long-time rivals, Moscow Dynamo. The white-and-blues will battle Vityaz (Moscow Region) for a place in the Super Final.
Dynamo made it through to the semi-finals without much noise, in contrast to CSKA, whose games were covered by media attention and saw an enormous support from its numerous fans in the stands. The pitched battle between the two West Group favourites was, as it should have been, beautiful, exciting, and dramatic. With a powerful starting push and three goals, the Dynamo team held the advantage despite all of the “army” team’s best efforts. 4:3 and Dynamo is through to the West Group final!
In the second semi-final, masters of positional hockey Lokomotiv played Vityaz. Last year the Moscow Region team didn’t sparkle, but in their games in 2015 Gazprom Neft Cup they have shown, in the opinion of the experts, an excellent offensive game, with body checking. The “railwaymen” couldn’t hold out against the Vityaz pressure lead by Ivan Miroshnichenko, losing with a score that in no way reflected their passionate attempts — 1:6.
At 18:30 Moscow time in the Ice Palace, Dynamo (Moscow) and Vityaz (Moscow Region) will go head to head for the right to play the best team from the East Group in the Super Final. The game will be broadcast live on KHL TV and on the official tournament website. The Cup is waiting for the winner!