By Yuri Kovalev
16,039 spectators witnessed the second home match of the Gagarin Cup between Dynamo Minsk and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. This broke the previous record of 15,982 people, set in Minsk during a match between the same teams. Dynamo leads the regular CHL championship, with an average attendance of 10,538 people. The statistic has not been spoiled by the fact that five matches this season have been held at Bobruisk-Arena, which accommodates only 7,000 spectators. As expected, CHL match attendance records are likely to be set only at Minsk-Arena, the biggest ice stadium within the territory of the League, uniting the clubs of Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Kazakhstan.
Initially, sceptics viewed Dynamo as a weak opponent to Continental Hockey League 1/8 play-off favourite Lokomotiv. However, the Zubrs proved themselves via a bright performance at this stage of the tournament.