Top Teams Tangle in Russia

Dec 17, 2020 | Craig Peterson

SKA Silver Lions 2006 youth hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal.

Get your first look at top ’06s out of Eastern Europe

The top two teams in St. Petersburg, Russia, squared off on Saturday, competing in the 2006-birth year city championship. Top-seeded SKA Silver Lions hosted SKA Strelna in a game with two high-powered offenses.

Silvers Lions came in on a seven-game winning streak, led by Roman Komarov and Kirill Knyazev, with nine goals apiece. The team had posted dominant performances by scoring double-digit goals — yes, 10 goals or more — in six games prior to Saturday’s matchup. SKA Strelna would present an interesting challenge, though, coming in on a seven-game winning streak of its own. The trio of Egor Count, Makar Opolinsky and Semyon Malkov are first, second and fourth in the division in points, combining for 48 points during that stretch of games.

Vyacheslav Vasiliev would put Strelna out in front first with an early first-period goal, but the Silver Lions would respond with the next three tallies. Vladimir Bakhtov tied the game at 1-1, and goals from Gleb Saxonin and Egor Grakhov would give the Silver Lions their first lead of the contest.

Knyazev fueled the offense from there, with three primary assists, setting up two goals for Roman Komarov and another for Saxonin. With a wealth of offense, the Silver Lions overwhelmed Strelna, rolling to an 8-2 victory and an 8-0-0 record.

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