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And the irony comes with the sticker on the tailgate, which was in the neighborhood of this:
Alrighty, now I'll tuck in the latest Lokomotiv report. The last tune up for the outdoor game (more on this later) was this morning in Angarsk, where 6,104 fans (who hadn't seen their team play Yaroslavl since 1967) watched a scoreless first period. Halfway through the second, Oleg Yashin netted his 11th to give the visiting good guys a 1-0 lead.
Then, mysteriously, the roof caved in.
In a 1:13 stretch starting at 12:30 of the second, Ermak got goals from Pahudin Gimbatov, Maxim Yushkov, and Anton Nikonorov to blow out to a 3-1 lead and send Nikolai Lozhkin to the showers early. The two teams traded goals in the third, with Denis Ignashin pushing the score to 4-1 a half-minute into the period, and Emil Galimov scoring on a penalty shot at 13:09. But the story here was Ermak goalie Andrei Gavrilov. He held firm despite Lokomotiv outshooting the home team 26-9 in the third and 51-26 overall. Not a good outing for us, but a nice win for Ermak, whose coach Alex Zhdahin was celebrating his birthday as well.
The last preparations were finished on beautiful Central Stadium, situated on Holiday Island smack in the middle of the Yenisey River in lovely downtown Krasnoyarsk.
Finally, on the VHL website they had a neat little poll about the game. "What do you expect to find at the Russian Classic?" 43.44% chose "spectactular hockey"; 25.35% went with "record attendance"; 15.24 % were hoping to get the keys to a Toyota being given away; 12.13% wisely chose "frosty weather"; and a puzzling (to me) 3.84 % chose "hot drinks". I guess vodka doesn't count as a hot drink, eh?