27.12.2015 22:45

The Russian KHL team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg with impressive 5-1 victory over HC Davos.

(Foto: EQ Images/Gian Ehrenzeller)

On day two the host HC Davos began its campaign at the 89th Spengler Cup and started strong against the KHL team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. 10 minutes into the game, a Beat Forster shot narrowly missed the net, but got the crowd at the sold-out Vaillant Arena into the game.

While the home team could not capitalize on a power-play, the Russians used a man advantage of their own to take the lead. Captain Petr Koukal got HCD keeper Leonardo Genoni sprawling before serving Alexei Mikhnov (20./pp) from behind the net to score their first before the buzzer.


No payoff for Davos

Even after the game restarted, Davos was initially denied a goal. Alexandre Picard - the Canadian reinforcement from Genève-Servette HC – was brought down, but failed to capitalize on the subsequent penalty shot.

Nonetheless Arno Del Curto’s team took command in the second period.

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg used a counter attack to extend their lead on an Anatoli Golyshev (30.) goal. Devin Setoguchi found the appropriate response and cut the lead to 2-1 with Davos’ first goal of the tournament on a shot from in close.

The Russians showed an efficient style of play and pulled ahead 4-1 in the second period. After Anatoli Golyshev laid the groundwork, Sergey Yemelin (34.) found an open net before him and a tip-in by Anrei Alexeyev (39.) on a shot from the distance by Nikolai Timashov.

In the final period the superior Russians put the game out of reach. With a fine solo effort Alexei Mikhnov (52.) secured his team the first win at the Spengler Cup.