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Following a 2-day break Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season resumed with ten games. We take a closer look at key Tuesday action in this daily review on JHL official website.
JHC Spartak Moscow and Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region took a penalty each in the early minutes of the game. Spartak found themselves down a man in the opening minute, while the visitors followed their suit five minutes later. However, neither Moscow, nor Chekhov couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Despite loads of dangerous offensive rushes being created, nothing changed on the scoreboard until the midway point of the period. Spartak had the ice-breaker – eleven minutes into the frame Kirill Tagirov threw one past Savely Sherstnyov to put his team in the lead. Second half of the period featured two evenly matched teams, who kept trading scoring chances. Russkie Vityazi were looking to get the equalizer and solve Platon Zadorozhny, while the red-and-white focused on quick counter-attacks. However, neither of the teams was able to change anything on the scoreboard before the intermission and Spartak had a 1-0 lead following the opening 20 minutes of play.
Early in the second period of action the visitors had a chance to tie it up and pounced on it. Five minutes into the frame Semyon Demidov restored the parity. Nevertheless, Spartak re-captured the lead rather quickly – just 90 seconds later Daniel Usmanov put Moscow back in the lead. The hosts got the momentum on their side after that. The red-and-white were aggressive throughout the period and harassed the opposition’s defense, making Russkie Vityazi sweat buckets. However, Chekhov were able to keep the hosts at bay at a price of rarely bothering Zadorozhny. As a result, Spartak failed to convert their advantage into goals and following 40 minutes of play they still led by just a goal.
The visitors did their best to get the momentum on their side in the third stanza. They established control of the puck right away and pitched camp in Spartak territory. Moscow were able to cope with Russkie Vityazi’s rushes up till the halfway point of the period but then the host found themselves killing a penalty, giving the visitors a great chance to level it. Moscow Region didn’t capitalize on the opportunity but as the final buzzer approached they did everything they could to force overtime. Despite all of their effort put through, Russkie Vityazi couldn’t score another goal on Spartak. Moscow held on to the flimsy lead and beat their direct competition in improving their stock in the playoff zone. JHC Spartak Moscow beat Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region 2-1 on home ice.
The teams were evenly matched in the first period of play in Omsk. Early into the bout Sibirskie Snaipery got a power play opportunity as Omskie Yastreby took a penalty but the visitors couldn’t capitalize on the chance – and the game gradually leveled out. Both teams were putting together offensive rushes in turns, which led to scoring chances, but goaltenders Andrei Mishurov and Vladislav Scherbakov bailed their teammates out time and again, keeping the deadlock alive. As a result, despite the fact that the teams combined for a total of 26 shots in the period, neither Sibirskie Snaipery, nor Omskie Yastreby managed to get on the board in Siberian rivalry.
The ‘Hawks’ came out strong for the second period of action, which led to Novosibirsk taking two consecutive penalties. However, not only the hosts couldn’t convert on the man-advantage, they also let Sibirskie Snaipery score a shorthanded goal – Ivan Klimovich found the back of the net. Despite the conceded tally, Omskie Yastreby continued to dominate and pressure the opposition, looking to get the equalizer. As for Novosibirsk, they focused on defense. Even though they were unable to capitalize on a power play midway through the period, the visitors coped with Omsk’s offensive rushes and held the lead. Omskie Yastreby had two more power play attempts before the intermission but they came up empty on both occasions, which led to Sibirskie Snaipery carrying a 1-0 lead into the third period.
The flow of the game didn’t change in the third stanza. Omskie Yastreby kept pushing forward and pressure Sibirskie Snaipery defense, while the ‘Snipers’ did their best to keep them at bay. The visitors were able to cope with the ‘Hawks’ until the midway point of the frame but then they took two consecutive penalties. The host upped the tempo and pitched camp in the offensive zone but they had nothing to show for it in the once again. Omskie Yastreby kept throwing everything they had at Mishurov right till the final buzzer but they couldn’t salvage the game. Sibirskie Snaipery edge their rivals Omskie Yastreby 1-0 on the road.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow got off to a better start in the rivalry of two capitals. They managed to pitch camp in Makar Chufarov’s end of the ice right away and got their first power play opportunity of the night by midway through the opening period. However, JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg went on to kill it off and just as their fifth man stepped back onto the ice Yuri Ushakov put the northerners in the lead. The visitors focused on defense after that, letting Krasnaya Armiya grab the momentum. Nevertheless, the hosts were unable to convert on their scoring chances. Despite having created a significant number of offensive rushes, they couldn’t get anything past Chufarov. Late in the period Moscow got another man-advantage but the visitors killed it off as well and continued to lead by a goal.
The game followed a different scenario after the intermission. The teams came up empty on their power play attempts early in the frame, and then the visitors got the momentum on their side. St. Petersburg kept pressure on Moscow defense and as result the hosts had to take two consecutive penalties midway through the frame. Now it was Krasnaya Armiya goaltender Matvei Kiselyov’s turn to get busy but he stopped everything Dynamo threw at him. As for the hosts, after killing the penalty, they managed to put together a few nice passing plays and with three minutes remaining on the clock Prokhor Poltapov brought it back to even.
The hosts came out hot for the third stanza as well. Krasnaya Armiya shifted the play to Chufarov’s territory and then managed to secure the offensive zone on a power play attempt. St. Petersburg survived the penalty but the hosts created several more scoring chances after that and midway through the period Poltapov scored his second of the game putting Moscow in the lead for the first time. Dynamo picked up the pace but they couldn’t crack Krasnaya Armiya defense. As a result, the visitors went for one final push, pulling their goaltender for the extra attacker with a minute on the clock. Poltapov was the one who put it out of reach – Krasnaya Armiya forward completed his hat-trick and secured a 3-1 win for his team.
Loko Yaroslavl totally dominated throughout the game, which was held at Arena-2000, taking twice as many shots as Krylia Sovetov Moscow. Loko’s advantage was especially on display in the opening period of play, in which ‘Soviet Wings’ took just three shots against Yegor Guskov. Nevertheless, that was enough to get on the board – Yegor Zudilov found himself on a breakaway and put the visitors in the lead with a nice wrist-shot. ‘Railway men’ got back even before the intermission and midway through the third frame Yaroslavl’s top-scorer Ruslan Abrosimov threw another one past Maxim Kloberdanets.
The visitors didn’t trail for a long time – Yegor Zudilov restored the parity on the scoreboard just two minutes later. The goal sent the game to overtime and Krylia Sovetov went on to win it – Zudilov completed his hat-trick with a power play tally.
With this victory Krylia Sovetov close the gap to the ninth place to one point, while Loko were futile in their attempt to catch up to JHC Dynamo Moscow, who currently sit on top of the Western Conference standings.
In the final game of the day JHC Dynamo Moscow, who top the Western Conference table, faced one of the underdogs of the regular season Sakhalinskie Akuly. The hosts dominated in the opening period of play but Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk let the opposition score just once over the stretch – Nikita Novikov opened up the scoring with a power play marker.
The ‘Sharks’ scored a quick goal early in the second period of play – just 32 seconds into the stanza Filipp Knaub restored the parity. The blue-and-white were not fazed by the quick goal. By midway point of the frame Matvei Nadvorny and Nikita Lukhovskoy got a marker each past Kirill Kuzmenko.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk scored another quick goal in the third period – Alexander Baranov gave the ‘Sharks’ hope. However, Sakhalinskie Akuly couldn’t force overtime and JHC Dynamo Moscow went on to win 3-2 on home ice. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk extend their losing streak to three games.