Second finalist of the 2017 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs has been determined.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk beat Almaz Cherepovets in four games in the best-of-five series and will now face Krasnaya Armiya in the finals.
Reaktor won Game 4 on the road 4-1. Almaz along with Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk win bronze medals.
In the first semifinal series Krasnaya Armiya beat Novokuznetsk in three games and for the fourth time in franchise history made the finals. Reaktor made the finals for the first time in franchise history.
The finalists will compete in the best-of-seven series. The games will take place on April 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and – if necessary – 25th, 27th and 29th. The first two games of the series will be played in Nizhnekamsk.
“I saw the real Almaz today. They didn’t play like that in Nizhnekamsk. Perhaps, they lacked mobility, while last night we played a little lazy,” says Reaktor head-coach Alexander Sokolov. “Today Almaz looked more interesting, they had the momentum on their side and the players did well individually. I didn’t like just their best players but young ones as well. As for us, we showed great character. We got the lead and cling to it. Last night we were always trailing behind on the scoreboard and today we managed to protect the lead. In the third period we did our best to pull through. Almaz put a lot of pressure on us, they created a lot of scoring chances but we went on to score a few more. Key moment of the series was our win in Game 1. Then we got a 2-0 lead, didn’t do all that well in Game 3 but today we managed to protect the lead and got the win in the end.”
“We played our best game of the series today,” says Almaz head-coach Evgeny Stavrovsky. “We couldn’t capitalize on our chances. I think we burned out a little. We created more scoring chances tonight then we did in the previous three games altogether. Unfortunately, the puck just wouldn’t go into the net. We allowed unnecessary quick goal and the second goal was unnecessary, too. We had a lot of powerplay opportunities but we had nothing to show for it in the end, too. We should have won Game 1. As for the season, we made the semifinal round for the first time. It’s a step up but it’s very unfortunate we didn’t go further.”