CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR

 The SKA-Neftyanik players have been plagued with COVID-19 cases lately, thus five key players had been benched  due to the illness in the previous  game against Murman. Unfortunately, our hometown team head coach Ilyas Handaev didn't have a sufficient number of top shaped players at his disposal for the game against Moscow Dynamo. Although, Vasiliy Granovskiy, Yuriy Vikulin and Artyom Bondarenko  were able to return to the line-up, they obviously didn't skate to their best ability. SKA had some problems right out of the gate, due to numerous unnecessary passing mistakes they let the ball entered their goal twice on the third and thirteen minutes of the halftime. 0-2. Moscow Dynamo seemed to be outmuscling and outmaneuvering our hometown team throughout the first half. However, SKA managed to pull off a quite remarkable comeback having scored both goals off the free strokes. Artyom Bondarenko and Yuriy Vikulin showed off their extraordinary skills to execute the standards to get it tied up, 2-2.
 
In the second one skating speed increased for both teams with plenty of scoring chances, but SKA-Neftyanik were the ones to come up with a tiebreaker. Dmitriy Sidorov sent it home off the free stroke again, 3-2. Ten minutes later Stanislav Turushev managed to tip it in to make it 4-2. Unfortunately our hometown team let the lead slip. It took Moscow Dynamo a couple of minutes to trim the deficit and then to tie the game. Vladislav Tarasov scored (both off the corner shots) twice performing superb strokes in both cases to equalize the game with a final 4-4 on the scoreboard. 
 
 

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