Salavat Yulaev Ufa took the win on Tuesday against Avangard Omsk 3:2 on home ice after an incredible performance from their starting goaltender Juha Metsola. The 29-year-old Finnish goalie racked up 62 saves on the night, which set a record for most saves in a single game in the KHL. The record was previously held by the other Salavat Yulaev’s goalie Andrei Kareyev, who in February of 2017, deflected 61 shots on goal, then playing for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Curiously enough, Kareyev had set the record playing against Salavat Yulaev.
With the win Salavat Yulaev improves to 8-2-1-4, good for 21 points and 5th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Avangard sits in 2nd place with 26 points.
Avangard Omsk outshot the home team 64-11, but could not find the net more than merely two times. Even more shocking is the fact that all three goals for Salavat Yulaev came on their first five shots, while they could get none on the goal in the second period.
“We watched the game from the stands”, said Nikolai Tsulygin, the coach of Salavat Yulaev to sportbox.ru when asked about being outshot 0-28 in the second period.
The game got to a fantastic start for the home team as Dmitry Kugryshev scored twice in a span of 3 minutes. Vyacheslav Solodukhin added the third goal at 15:38, which made the opposition coach Bob Hartley change Igor Bobkov and put Alexei Murygin between the pipes. David Deshairnais racked up two points (goal and an assist) and Maxim Chudinov scored on a powerplay for the visitors to set the final score at 3:2 for Salavat Yulaev.
“If someone told me we would put 64 shots on goal in each game I would agree to that because, usually, you win those games. But [Juha] Metsola made some wonderful saves tonight and the defense played well. We had a tough start, conceded 3 goals in the first period and it was difficult to recoup. Congratulations to the opponents on the win” – said Bob Hartley after the game to sportbox.ru.