In Omsk, the semi-finals of the 10th Gazprom Neft Cup have concluded. Four teams fought it out to see who would be playing in the decisive game of the East Group.
In the Avangard Hockey Centre, the two Urals teams faced off against each other. Avtomobilist had been leading Traktor through regular time with a score of 3:2, but the Chelyabinsk team rallied and heroically seized victory — 4:3!
Avangard with support from spectators in their home Omsk Arena quickly scored two goals against Salavat Yulaev, and then continued to mostly play very accurately, protecting their advantage. It didn’t work — in the third period the Ufa team closed the distance and made their opponents nervous. But the ‘hawks’ handled the nerves excellently — they scored a third goal, stood firm to the end, and although they allowed another goal, they were through to the East Group final!
And so the deciding game in the East Group will take place in the Omsk Arena at 15:00 Moscow time between Avangard and Traktor. The East Group winner will battle the winner of the West Group for the main tournament trophy on April 24.
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