Ak Bars overcame Danish resistance

Aalborg also lost its second game despite of stepping up

05.01.2008
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Magnus Osterby's scoring chance against Ak Bars goalie Mika Noronen. Photo: Zigismunds Zalmanis

RIGA, Latvia - Ak Bars Kazan remains unbeaten after the second game of the 2008 Continental Cup Super Final by beating winless AaB Aalborg 4-1.

Ak Bars fans who had expected an easy win after the Danes’ 2-7 loss against Riga 2000 last evening were tried their patience. Aalborg did not seem to be too tired and did make the Russian’s life harder then expected. The Danes played from a solid defence and were more courageous in the offence than the night before.

Despite of the creditable game, Ak Bars was too strong for a surprise. The Russians were exploiting their first two power play situations to lead 3-0 after two periods. Denis Arkhipov opened the score at 10:13 with a rebound while playing with five against four skaters. Danis Zaripov scored a sensational goal while rotating on the ice at 33:02 before Nikita Alexeyev scored another power play goal three minutes later.

The Danes were, despite of the result after two periods, not inferior as they were just outshot 20-23. Aalborg’s Latvian forward Aleksandrs Macijevskis scored the consolation goal at 42:13 after a great pass from the end boards by Team Denmark old hand Jens Nielsen. Dmitri Kazionov made the score ending 4-1 at 56:27.

“Today it was important that we could come back to the level we can play. There was lot of positive things on the ice. We have to be smart and to play a good defence against such a team and I think we did it but they were the better team and deserved the win,” Aalborg’s head coach Jarmo Tolvanen said after the game with a whiff of satisfaction.

More happiness was of course on the other side. “They played really good in centre ice but we were a little bit stronger than the opponent,” was Danis Zaripov’s comment on the game. Ak Bars will be playing for the Continental Cup plate tomorrow against hosts HK Riga 2000.

Photo gallery of the game

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MARTIN MERK


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