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Author: Alessandro Seren RossoDate: 03/22/2009
Dmitri Orlov and Maxim Kitsyn led Metallurg Novokuznetsk junior team to win the National Finals

2009 Continental Hockey League (KHL)

In the last weekend Dmitri Orlov and Maxim Kitsyn (2010 eligible) led Metallurg Novokuznetsk to grab a gold medal in the National Finals for 1992-born players held in Magnitogorsk. Orlov has been named the tournament's top defenseman and resulted as the top scoring blue liner (and the second topscorer) with an impressive amount of fourteen points in just six matches.
Since the group stage they had to fight hard against the hosts as the two teams were the better ones in the competition. Metallurg Mg counted on strong play by his goalkeeper Igor Bobkov to beat their ononymous in the round robin only after the shootouts, 2-1 the final score. The two Metallurgs were the first two seeds in the A Group, while in the B Severstal Cherepovets staied perfect with three wins in three matches, thus getting a three points advantage over a good Ak Bars Kazan team, lead by the "Top Forward" award winner Alexander Burmistrov, another eligible for the 2010 entry draft.

In the semifinals, Metallurg Magnitogorsk met Ak Bars, while Metallurg Novokuznetsk challenged Severstal Cherepovets. Sergei Chvanov opened the score after only thirty-eight seconds, but Metallurg managed to rally and win, also thanks to a double by Maxim Kitsyn.

Shootouts were needed to decide the second finalist as after the regulation the tournament's hosts were still tied 5-5 against Ak Bars. Stanislav Bocharov scored two goals in this match (and eight in six games), while the game-winning shoot out has been scored by Dmitri Tarasov, giving the finals to the two rightful teams.

Metallurg Mg got the early lead after seven minutes, but Novokuznetsk scored five unanswered goals, three of thems coming in the third period, to clinch the National title despite good play of tall goalkeeper Igor Bobkov, named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament. Kitsyn ended the match with two points coming from one goal and one assist, and the Finals with thirteen total points.

Related Player Profiles: . I.Bobkov S.Bocharov A.Burmistrov S.Chvanov M.Kitsyn D.Orlov
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