Bright start, frustrating finish

Source: Club Press-Office

28.01.2018

Kunlun Red Star 2 Amur Khabarovsk 4

For the second time in three days, Red Star entertained Amur. And, for the second game in a row, the team from Khabarovsk left with the points thanks to two goals and an assist from Maxim Kondratyev.

This time, though, Kunlun made an impressive start before falling away in the later stages of the game. An energetic first period saw Red Star open a 2-0 lead. Gilbert Brule opened the scoring midway through the opening session, firing home Taylor Beck’s feed to convert a power play. It got even better four minutes later when Roman Graborenko led the rush from deep in Red Star territory and dropped off the puck for Kyle Chipchura to put a zinger of a wrist shot past Juha Metsola and in off the post.

Unfortunately, the team could not sustain that kind of form. An Amur power play at the start of the middle frame saw Kondratyev assist on Jan Kolar’s goal, and the nervous hockey seen from our visitor in the first period was quickly forgotten. Kondratyev got a goal of his own late in the period to tie the game, and from that point on Amur took control. A pair of quickfire goals midway through the third, put away by Kondratyev and Vyacheslav Ushenin, put the game beyond Red Star’s reach. The result keeps Amur in contention for a playoff place.

Red Star’s season comes to an end tomorrow with the visit of Barys Astana to wrap up our regular season campaign. With both teams out of playoff contention, the pressure is reduced as Kunlun looks to sign off with a victory and deliver some positive signs for the 2018-19 season.

Official game sheet