Dynamo Moscow withstood a third period siege to clinch a 2-1 victory over Avangard Omsk and square the Kontinental League Gagarin Cup final at one, as the action moves to the Russian capital.
The game began at a frantic pace, with both sides creating chances. But while Avangard’s players swarmed menacingly around the Dynamo goal, it was the visitors who found the advantage and turned counter-attacks into clear chances. Two of those proved decisive: Kokarev opened the scoring at 7:57, wriggling away from the flat-footed Anton Belov before prodding the puck past Karri Ramo. Then, in the last minute before the horn, Dynamo converted the first power play of the game when Ilya Gorokhov’s shot was deflected into the net by Komarov.
But after opening up a 2-0 first period lead, the Moscow team was left clinging on at the end, facing a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation in the final 24 seconds. Goalie Alexander Yeryomenko pulled off 16 saves in a dramatic final period.
Dynamo will carry momentum into Tuesday’s Game 3 in Moscow.