KHL Report: Severstal Cherepovets vs Dinamo Riga
On Wednesday October 20th Severstal Cherepovets and Dinamo Riga played their seventeenth game of the season. RussianProspect.com staff writer Didzis Rudmanis had a chance to have a look to prospects Maxim Trunev and Maxim Chudinov.
The game was rather slow-paced, as Severstal successfully used pressing in the neutral zone, slowing down Dinamo players. Both teams managed to create a decent amount of goal-scoring chances and Severstal opened the score at the very first shift with a quick goal by Josef Straka.
In the late first period Riga had the edge of the game, the game became faster, and the fist period ended 2:1 after Dinamo netted twice, with Mikus and Darzins, this goal was assisted by Habs' property player Brock Trotter.
In the middle of the second period 20-year-old defender Maxim Chudinov had a great opportunity to make it 2:2, but Chris Holt made a sensational save.
Severstal clearly had overtook the edge now, which resulted in a shorthanded goal scored by Evgeny Ketov late in the second.
In the third stanza Severstal scored the go-ahead goal with Slovak Martin Cibak, then got up by two goals with an empty netter by Yuri Trubachev, in which Maxim Chudinov got a secondary assist.
Maxim Chudinov played a solid game. Iced in the team's second defensive pairing with Swedish, finished with a TOI of 20:36. He has had a great chance during the second period: with Dinamo Riga up by one goal Petterson had a blast from the blue line, which was saved by Holt. Chudinov back handed the rebound, but Holt slided on the left and made a superb glove save to rub the young defenseman of a goal. Chudinov himself and the crowd were already celebrating when they realized that the shot was in fact gloved by the opposition goalie. Chudinov also got a secondary assist for Trubachev's empty net goal later in the game.
Also Maxim Trunev had a rather solid game. He played as fourth line right winger with Cibak and Evgeny Mons. Trunev had a good scoring chance during the second period: the score was 1-2 in Dinamo's favor (just like Chudinov's chance) and he found himself with the puck on the blade on a two-on-one rush. He tricked out the defenseman with a fake pass, then shot, but Holt had yet another monumental save and denied Trunev to score his first goal of the season. On the less bright side he was on the ice for Dinamo's second goal of the game, thus finishing the game -1.