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2019 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs continued on April 4th. Game 3s were extra important as both series were tied 1-1.
Loko Yaroslavl came out hard for their first home game of the series. Just as in Game 1, the ‘railway men’ were spending a lot of time in the offensive zone and had the momentum throughout the game.
Vladislav Rybakov opened up the scoring 12 minutes into the first period of play. Yaroslavl went on to create a few more scoring chances late in the period forcing Konstantin Kuzmaul make several huge saves. With a minute remaining on the clock Grigory Denisenko hit the bar on a powerplay and then did score right at the final buzzer. Game officials counted the marker after video review.
Loko ran into a penalty problem in the second frame as they got three consecutive minors around the halfway mark of the period. Mamonty Yugry spent four minutes on a powerplay, including two 5-on-3 opportunities, and yet still failed to get anything past Vladislav Okoryak. Loko solidly killed off the penalties and once again proved they’re the best team in Junior Hockey League in that regard.
Loko looked strong late in the period as well. Just as in the opening stanza, the ‘railway men’ got a man-advantage and converted on it. Kuzmaul stopped Alexander Kalinin’s wrister, who was forgot at the wing by defensemen, but Georgy Ivanov tapped it home on the rebound, despite a heroic save attempt by Khanty-Mansiysk netminder.
Loko played cautiously in the third frame, focusing on protecting their lead. All Mamonty Yugry could get in this one was a powerplay goal by Makar Vaulin. The visitors spent the last five minutes of regulation in the offensive end – Loko forward Kirill Slepets received a double-minor. However, the ‘Mammoths’ couldn’t capitalize on the chance.
Yaroslavl get in the lead for the second time in the series. Game 4, which can send Loko to Kharlamov Cup Finals, will take place tomorrow at Arena-2000. Notably, ‘railway men’ are yet to lose a game on home ice in this post-season campaign. As for Mamonty Yugry, they have certain trouble on the road as they won just one away game out of five this year.