Alexei Kovalev Head Coaches KHL Red Star In First Game
Kovalev’s first challenge as the Red Star head coach; assemble a roster. The current plan has been to summon up Russian players without contracts and offer them a try-out with Red Star. Those who survive the cull at camp will then get the chance to prove their worth when the imports finally become available.
That plan went into effect today as the Red Star had their first pre-season game against Vityaz.
Vityaz iced a strong line-up and got its rewards when summer signing Justin Danforth opened the scoring. Alexander Semin doubled the lead midway through the third and the game seemed all but over.
However, the hastily-cobbled Kunlun Red Star hit back.
Nikolishin pulled a goal back and former Traktor and SKA forward Alexei
Kruchinin tied the game. When Andrei Maximov, veteran of just two KHL
games in three seasons scored in the last minute, it looked like Red
Star might have stolen an improbable win.
That wasn’t the case; Vityaz hit back late to tie the game and won it in a shoot-out.