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Top moments and quotes from Day 3 of the 2021 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs.
Tolpar 2-3 Mamonty Yugry
Tolpar Ufa lead series 2-1.
Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk managed to snuck a win in the series, coming back from behind in the opening period and getting in the lead twice. Bogdan Senotov scored two goals.
Igor Grishin, Tolpar Ufa head-coach.
“Our opponent was extra motivated today, they had no room for mistake,” explained Grishin. “Obviously, they came out like their life depended on it. We couldn’t stick to our gameplan as we had done on Game 1 and Game 2. Our guys couldn’t stick to the gameplan. Playoffs is a place where there are no little things. The opposition turned out to have the upper hand, luck was on their side and they were more motivated. We had to get in the right mindset. The most important thing we have to do is to realize that we haven’t won the series yet. No team gets to the next round until it wins three games. We must get in the right mindset above all and do our best to stick to our gameplan, which the coaches give. We shouldn’t sway from it. Today we had a few moments when our guys didn’t follow the gameplan.”
Mark Andreyev, Tolpar Ufa forward.
“We couldn’t capitalize on our scoring chances. We need to be a team in the playoffs,” says Andreyev. “We’re going to do our best to finish the opposition off and clinch the series. Most likely, we should have taken more shots. We looked to pass the puck and slide it into the wide open net. We didn’t aim to score garbage goals. We have to take more shots and drive to the net more often. We felt that that it’s gotten easy for us and you can’t do that in the playoffs. We have to come out hard and focused for every game.”
Bogdan Senotov, Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk forward.
“It’s a very positive feeling to in the game. We’re getting ready for the next one!” comments Senotov. “We looked at our mistakes together and realized that we can’t admit defeat just yet. We managed to get a win. We had no room for mistake. We came here to win two games and get back home.”
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk won their second game of the series – this time in Magnitogorsk. Stalnye Lisy haven’t scored a goal for eight consecutive periods.
Alexei Zavarukhin, Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk head-coach.
“We had a good game. We’re happy with the quality of our play. We scored good goals and didn’t allow any,” weighs in Zavarukhin. “Ilya Gorbunov did a great job, he had a good game. Early in the game, just as we had expected, the opposition opted for fast-paced hockey but we pulled through, converted on our scoring chances and then controlled the game. We always tell our guys that we have to stick to our tactics. Our goal in the second period was to play our brand of hockey. Not defensive-minded hockey but our own brand of hockey, which has been beneficial for us. AS a result, we did the right things in the third period and scored a few more goals.”
Alexander Kirpichnikov, Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk defenseman.
“It was a good and hard-fought game,” believes Kirpichnikov. “It was a battle between two persistent teams. We did our job and won. It’s a good result for us. Our coaching staff put the focus on staying out of the box. We aimed to do just that. We expected a lot of physical battles and hits. The most important thing is not to give to provocations and stick to our brand of hockey.”
Irbis Kazan get back in the lead in the series against Avto Yekaterinburg with a victory on home ice. Yekaterinburg was in the lead over the course of the game and came back from behind once, but the visitors won the second and third periods.
Artyom Anisimov, Irbis Kazan head-coach.
“We had a good second period,” says Anisimov. “We made certain adjustments after the first frame and did well. We changed a few things, capitalized on our scoring chances and managed to get a win.”
Kirill Mukhin, Irbis Kazan forward.
“I feel drained emotionally. I left everything on the ice, I gave it all I had,” shares Mukhin. “We’re getting ready for tomorrow’s game. After Game 2 our coaches told us how we should protect the lead. I believe, we coped. We didn’t fall back and kept the pressure on. That’s why we got the result we wanted.”
Alexander Fomintsev, Avto Yekaterinburg forward.
“They did the same thing we did to them in Game 2 in Kazan. They weren’t that aggressive early on and saved their energy. They gave up the momentum and began pressuring us midway through the second period, amping up the pace,” says Fomintsev. “Obviously, we all supported each other on the bench. After we tied it up, everyone did their best to boost their teammate. Unfortunately, we allowed two more goals. We have to fix the unnecessary defensive mistakes and do everything quicker. Other than that, we did well. We blocked 37 shots, created scoring chances and laid some hits. We need to get ore aggressive, drive to the net to force penalties and get power play opportunities.”
The first playoff game in Almetyevsk went the extra mile and the teams had to decide it in the shootout. Chayka Nizhny Novgorod enjoyed their second shutout win of the series.
Nikolai Voyevodin, Chayka Nizhny Novgorod.
“We face a good opponent and we have to be stay focused,” explains Voyevodin. “We told our guys they were in for a battle. The game turned out to be intense once again but our guys played with their hearts on their sleeves. Yes, we followed the same scenario we did on home ice – we took it past regulation. That’s what playoff games are like – really close and intense. The gap is never big, at least not in the East. I congratulate our fans with the win!”.
Alexei Drobin, Chayka Nizhny Novgorod forward.
“This is junior hockey. This is the playoffs. Everyone is anxious, everyone wants to win gets nervous,” says Drobin. “That’s why, perhaps, the game went past regulation. Everyone battles hard in intense games. I want to thank our goaltender Yegor Gromovik on behalf of our entire team. He’s a beaut. He stole the second shootout in the series. I can imagine what he was feeling like but he heroically pulled through.”