Saturday was a great day for Alexander Semin, who played for the Caps from 2003-2012, but now plays for HC Vityaz in the KHL. HC Vityaz was playing HC Spartak at the CSKA Arena, with Spartak the home team.
Both teams were decked out in red and white, which was a rematch of the two teams from the HC Vityaz home opener on September 10 which Spartak had won.
From a scoring standpoint, the game started slowly. Neither team scored during the first period. The second period was also scoreless until Alexander Semin made his first strike, with slightly less than two minutes to go in the period, within seconds of leaving the penalty box.
He caught a breakaway pass from Denis Kokarov who had, in turn, gotten an assist from Stanislav Romanov. The score was now 1-0 in favor of HC Vityaz which was the score after two periods.
About midway through the third period, Spartak evened up the score when Vladislav Provolnev scored, getting assists from Kaspars Daugavins and Ben Maxwell.
With just under three minutes to go, HC Vityaz struck again, this time getting a goal from Borna Rendulic, with assists from Semin and Yegor Voronkov. They were up 2-1. But they could not hold onto the lead.
With just 13 seconds to go, Ben Maxwell scored the game tying goal, getting assists from Ilya Zubov and Andrei Kuteikin. The score was now tied at 2-2 and the game proceeded to Overtime. This was a game that had much more excitement at the near the end of regulation than for the rest of the game combined.
Fortunately for fans of HC Vityaz, the Overtime was short and sweet. At just 28 seconds into the Overtime period, Alexander Semin struck for his second goal of the game and the game winner, getting an assist from Alexander Yevseyenkov.
Vityaz won the game 3-2, in a game where Semin had the first goal and the last goal and assisted on the only other goal for his team.
Link to More Game Pictures: here.
Since leaving his KHL team from 2016-17, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Semin played last season (2017-18) with his hometown VHL team, HC Sokol. He had taken some time from his team to be present for the birth of his second son, Daniil, in early December as he and his wife, Alyona, decided to have the second child born in the USA.
They already have another son, Alexander. This year, he decided to return to the KHL and signed a contract with HC Vityaz. I presume he must also be conducting his Masters’ degree program in Metallurgy for which he had signed up for prior to the 2016-17 season primarily on-line.
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