Ice Hockey, and the touring Soviet Wings side put on a fine display at an international exhibition match in Philadelphia on Tuesday (January 2).
Ice Hockey, and the touring Soviet Wings side put on a fine display at an international exhibition match in Philadelphia on Tuesday (January 2). The Philadelphia Flyers fought back to an exciting 4-4 draw in the dying moments of the match in the Philadelphia Spectrum Stadium. The Soviet Wings are making a five-game tour of the United States, and they are playing against the best teams in the National Hockey League.
SYNOPSIS: The Flyers, playing in dark shirts, began well when Rick MacLeish scored in the first period.
But the Wings fought back. Midway through the second period they equalised when Alexander Kabanov put his shot between the legs of veteran goalminder Bernie Parent.
The Soviet team took the lead four minutes later with a wrist shot by Vladimir Kovin that thrilled the crowd of seventeen thousand.
The pace of the game increased in the third and final twenty-minute period. The Wings went further ahead when they broke up a Philadelphia attack and moved down the ice for Alexander Skvortsov to score with a backhand shot.
With under a quarter of the match remaining, the Flyers began their rally. Reggie Leach, who played against the Wings when they last toured in November 1976, reduced the deficit.
After Skvortsov had restored the Soviets' two-goal lead, the Flyers kept in touch with a Bobby Clarke goal.
With only two minutes left they went all out for the equaliser and besieged the Soviet goal. They peppered goalminder Vladimir Myshkin with shots, but it looked as if the home side's pride might take a blow. In the dying seconds Bobby Clarke scored his second goal, tying the match.