Six regular season games took place in Molodyozhnaha Hokkeynaya Liga (MHL) on October 6th. Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk bounced back from losing to Irbis Kazan the day before and won the second game of the back-to-back series.
The fans weren’t treated to a flurry of goals like the were in the first game. However, Game 2 of the series was still very nerve-wrecking. The teams played much better defensively and they were successful at that up until Alexander Khovanov didn’t get a minor penalty. Just when he was about to return to the ice, Mark Yanchevsky, the very same who tied the game up in the dying seconds of the first game, put Magnitogorsk in the lead. In the second period of play Kazan outshot their opponent but the score remained the same. Artyom Galimov didn’t help his teammates either as he got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind, leaving Irbis to kill off a long powerplay.
With seven minutes left to play in regulation Maxim Kalyayev allowed another goal but the referee disallowed it after a video review. Kazan doubled their effort and stormed down the ice looking for the game-tying goal. Then a brawl broke out between Timofey Menschikov and Artyom Rasulov – both got two minutes for roughing. However, Stalnye Lisy still got their revenge. Yanchevsky scored his second of the night on an empty net to seal the deal.
Irbis Kazan – Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk – 0-2 (0-1, 0-0, 0-1)
0-1 – Yanchevsky (Bashkirov, Platonov) – 15-41 PPG
0-2 – Yanchevsky – 59-34 PPG EN
Goaltenders: Kalyayev - Lozebnikov
Shots on goal: 33-28
Penalty Minutes: 22-22
Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk and Tyumensky Legion Tyumen once again had a very close game with a lot of goals. The teams traded leads throughout the game. With two and a half minutes left to play in regulation the teams were tied 4-4 but this time around the fans didn’t have to wait for overtime to find out the winner – Ivan Yemets wristed the puck in just inside the left goal-post. Yemets scored his second of the night with that shot and won it for Kuznetskie Medvedi.
Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk – Tyumensky Legion Tyumen – 5-4 (1-1, 2-2, 2-1)
0-1 – Marzaganov (Arzamastsev) – 02-16
1-1 – Мaletin (Unassisted) – 12-43
2-1 – Yemets (Zinoviev) – 24-59
3-1 – Ruban (Каnitsky, Ludtsev) – 31-26 PPG
3-2 – Plenkin (Mingazov, Zholobov) – 37-21
3-3 – Mingazov (Plenkin) – 39-08 PPG
3-4 – Nikitin (Shetle) – 46-10
4-4 – Olendarenko (Karavayev) – 51-20
5-4 – Yemets (Mikhailov) – 57-26
Goaltenders: Yevstafyev, Yugov - Dryomin
Shots on goal: 44-22
Penalty Minutes: 6-14
Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk Region beat Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk with the same score they did in the first game of the back-to-back series. Home team won it 5-2 and the game followed the same scenario. ‘The Snipers’ once again started off with three unanswered goals. When they got a 4-0 lead Vitaly Kutsmus and Kirill Kozhevnikov got Mamonty Yugry on the board. However, when Khanty-Mansiysk pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, Nikita Korotkov scored an empty-netter to complete his hat-trick and set the final score at 5-2 Sibirskie Snaipery.
Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk Region – Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk – 5-2 (3-0, 0-0, 2-2)
1-0 – Tkachenko (Morozov) – 07-05 PPG
2-0 – Korotkov (Loktev) – 09-09
3-0 – Korotkov (Lapin, Loktev) – 11-22
4-0 – Somsikov (Beloglazov) – 46-46
4-1 – Kutsmus (Gaideik) – 55-21
4-2 – Kozhevnikov (Kafeyev) – 55-59
5-2 – Korotkov (Loktev, Chelbayev) – 58-49 EN
Goaltenders: Volokhin – Kuzmaul, Rakhno
Shots on goal: 40-37
Penalty Minutes: 6-16
Sputnik Almetyevsk beat Snezhnye Barsy Astana for the second consecutive time. This time all they needed was just a single goal, which was scored with just 40 seconds left to play in regulation. Maxim Antonov found the back of the net and Sputnik won it 1-0. With these three points on home ice Sputnik extend their point streak to four games.
Sputnik Almetyevsk – Snezhnye Barsy Astana – 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)
1-0 – Antonov (Loginov, Zaripov) – 59-20
Goaltenders: Minegaliev - Leontyev
Shots on goal: 27-38
Penalty Minutes: 4-12
Ladiya Togliatti couldn’t bounce back from losing to Sarmaty Orenburg the day before and lost to them again in the second game of the back-to-back series. Sarmaty were down 1-0 halfway through the second period of play as Damir Rakhimullin opened up the scoring at 30-29 on a powerplay. However, not only Sarmaty tied the game up but they also got a 3-point win. Danil Mekhamedzyanov tied the game up at 39-00 and then at 53-06 he scored his second of the night, which proved to be the game-winner – the puck hit Arseny Nikonorov and slowly slid behind the goal-line. Sarmaty take this one 2-1 on the road.
Ladiya Togliatti – Sarmaty Orenburg – 1-2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)
1-0 – Rakhimullin (Semyonov, Groshev) – 30-29 PPG
1-1 – Mukhamedzyanov (Lobanov) – 39-00
1-2 – Мukhamedzyanov (Lobanov) – 53-06
Goaltenders: Nikonorov - Kudashev
Shots on goal: 27-26
Penalty Minutes: 12-12
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk put up a good fight in the first game of the back-to-back series against Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, but this time around home team didn’t have any trouble getting a blowout win. Last season’s top-scorer Rafael Bikmullin made a huge contribution as he scored a hat-trick. Igor Ugolnikov, Alexander Dzedayev, Artyom Golubovich and Arsen Khisamutdinov scored a goal each for Reaktor. Nikita Pismarkin scored the consolation goal for Ust-Kamenogorsk 46 seconds into the third period of play. Reaktor enjoy a very solid 7-1 on home ice and with these three points Nizhnekamsk are now at the top of the table in the Eastern Conference.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk – Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk– 7-1 (2-0, 1-0, 4-1)
1-0 – Bikmullin (Nabiullin, Ugolnikov) – 03-10 PPG
2-0 – Bikmullin (Nabiullin, Ugolnikov) – 07-12
3-0 – Ugolnikov (Gusev, Nabiullin) – 36-30
3-1 – Pismarkin (Sinitsyn) – 40-46
4-1 – Dzedayev (Chabatov) – 46-52 PPG
5-1 – Golubovich (Ulchinsky) – 52-15
6-1 – Bikmullin (Sorokin, Gusev) – 53-08
7-1 – Khisamutdinov (Ulchinsky, Nabiullin) – 56-16
Goaltenders: Golovanov – Ustinovich, Karatayev
Shots on goal: 50-20
Penalty Minutes: 8-8