The defeat of “Tractor” did not prevent “Siberia” from reaching the KHL playoffs ahead of schedule
MOSCOW, February 7 – RIA Novosti. Novosibirsk “Siberia” lost to Chelyabinsk “Tractor” in the regular season of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), but managed to become the first team in the Eastern Conference to win an early ticket to the playoffs.
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Tuesday’s match in Novosibirsk ended in Traktor’s favor with a score of 5:4 (1:0, 2:1, 1:3, 0:0, 2:1). Robert Hamilton (7th minute), Nikita Tertyshny (24), Pyotr Khokhryakov (37) and Maxim Shabanov (57) scored goals for the winners, Tertyshny scored the winning bullet. Record hosts Taylor Beck (27), Valentin Pyanov (50), Maxim Sushko (58) and Trevor Murphy (60).
The Novosibirsk team took the first place in the Eastern Conference table, collecting 78 points. Sibir is 17 points ahead of ninth-placed Neftekhimik and Nizhnekamsk has eight games to play in the regular season. “Tractor” (61 points) occupies the 10th place and will not be able to catch up with the Siberians.
In six face-to-face matches this season, “Siberia” has beaten “Tractor” only once.
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