The Kontinental Hockey League has finally arrived and in the Opening Cup match, two powerhouses faced each other. The game was played between Bob Hartley and his championship-winning Avangard Omsk vs Sergei Fedorov and his CSKA Moscow side in a repeated game of the Gagarin Cup final. The Omsk side managed to earn their first victory with a final score of 4:0.
Avangard began the game better and managed to capitalize on man-advantage just four minutes into the match when Peter Cehlarik got his first KHL career goal to give his team a 1:0 lead.
First goal of 2021-22 season = First KHL career goal for Peter Cehlarik 🇸🇰! pic.twitter.com/M3dQfBnpHd
— KHL (@khl_eng) September 1, 2021
Army men showed that they weren’t here to toy around and they took over the game however, they couldn’t manage to beat Omsk’s goalie Simon Hrubec. CSKA lost the edge at the start of the third period after taking two penalties, but their opponents weren’t there to take the advantage and score. five-on-five hockey gave more chances to Avangard and eight minutes into the period Oliwer Kaski directed the puck towards the net and it ricocheted past CSKA’s goalie after hitting the sticks of Cehlarik and Corban Knight to give Omsk a 2:0 lead.
Army side ran out of fuel at the 52nd minute of the game when their debutant in net Adam Reidenborn made a huge mistake behind his net and gave the puck away to Knight who quickly found Cehlarik who then tripled the lead. Moments later Knight was there to get his second of the game – 4:0 the final score. Avangard goalie Hrubec recorded a shutout after turning away 30 opposing shots.