Amazing saves galore, Tula heroics and Krasnaya Armiya’s first loss. Junior Hockey League weekly review

21.09.2021 в 15:00

Amazing saves galore, Tula heroics and Krasnaya Armiya’s first loss. Junior Hockey League weekly review

Second week of Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season came to a close. As per tradition we present you the most interesting news, numbers and highlights of the week.

Week round-up

Krasnaya Armiya Moscow lost their first game of the year as they fell to reigning Kharlamov Cup champions JHC Dynamo Moscow. However, the red-and-blue continue to top the Western Conference table along with Loko Yaroslavl. Today a second Moscow rivalry game will take place, while Yaroslavl will face-off against SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg. Taifun Primorie Region, who topped the conference for a brief time last week, sank to 9th place. However, most of the teams belong to a pretty tight group as the season just started. As many as four teams are on Krasnaya Armiya and Loko’s heels with ten points – Mikhailov Academy Tula, HK Riga, JHC Spartak Moscow and JHC Dynamo Moscow. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg finally snapped their 5-game losing streak but the ‘army men’ are still only 12th in the West with just four points. They are tied with HC Kapitan Stupino, Krylia Sovetov Moscow and SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg. JHC Atlant Moscow Region remain the only team without a point in the conference.

Junior Hockey League newest member Loko-76 Yaroslavl find themselves all alone on top of the Eastern Conference table with 14 points. It is not a coincidence that Yaroslavl are ahead of the pack. It’s always easier to win if a you follow the teamplay concept.

Reaktor Nizhnekamsk are second in the conference, while Tolpar Ufa are third. However, the latter have two games in hand. Another Junior Hockey League newcomers, Motol Perm, dropped from 7th to 13th place. Irbis Kazan, who had won bronze medals last season, still look for their first victory of the year. Kazan managed to eke out just one point. The only team lower than them in the standings is Tyumensky Legion with no points. Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk find themselves unusually low in the standings but they have played just two games so far. In general, most teams still form a rather tight pack and any team from the lower part of the table can propel themselves to the top of the conference with a couple of wins.

Highlights of the week

HK Riga goaltender Karlis Mezsargs had to play in an unorthodox way in the game against HC Kapitan Stupino and defend the net with his head.

Ladiya Togliatti’s Daniil Zakharov is also capable of awesome saves. On this play the goaltender loses track of the puck but recovers quite nicely

Yegor Guskov continues to bail out Loko Yaroslavl when it seems that the puck is destined to go in the net

We complete this awesome saves galore with Dmitry Gamzin’s effort who helped Krasnaya Armiya in a rivalry game

Tolpar Ufa’s Igor Karpov knows how to make up for getting a penalty

Key numbers of the week

37 Parimatch Junior Hockey League games took place in the past seven days.

213 was the combined number of goals over the week (last week the teams combined for 273 goals), eight of which were empty-netters.

A total of 160 different players scored at least one goal.

Stars of the week

Artyom Didkovsky (JHC Spartak Moscow) – 7 (4 goals, 3 assists) points

Top goal-scorer:
Gustavs Millers (HK Riga) – 5 goals

Most assists:
Danila Pivachyov (Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk) – 5 assists

Not only the ‘Tigers’ forward registered the most assists last week, he was also named the top rookie. This is the debut Junior Hockey League season for the 17-year-old player.

Best plus/minus:
Alexis Burkits (HK Riga) – plus-8

Four goaltenders enjoyed shutout wins last week. One of them was Damir Shaymardanov (HC Kapitan) who also led the league in Goals Against Average with 0.55. Shaymardanov played two games, allowing just one goal and posting a shutout. He was named the top goaltender of the week.

Avto Yekaterinburg’s Vladimir Sartakov stopped the most shots in a single game. In a bout against Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk on September 19th he stopped 44 shots but Yekaterinburg still lost in overtime. Incidentally, one Magnitogorsk goal was preceded by a nice save by Sartakov. It was especially frustrating to get scored on right after that.

Team achievements

Most productive lines of the week combining for six goals each

Sivchuk – Petrov – Pukelo (Mikhailov Academy Tula)
Minnekhanov – Belov – Kormachyov(Sakhalinskiye Akuly Yuzhn-Sakhalinsk)

Gleb Petrov currently leads Parimatch Junior Hockey League in points and goals. He has 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points in 8 games. His linemate Kirill Pukelo is currently fourth in the league with 3 goal and 10 assists for 13 points in 8 games.

Mikhailov Academy Tula goaltender Denis Popov was also in the spotlight last week as he played a huge role in his team’s win in Russia’s Far East. Opponents remember such saves for a long time.

But that’s not all for Mikhailov Academy Tula achievements. First hat-trick of the season was also scored by a Tula representative. Vladislav Kuznetsov netted three goals in the game against Sakhalinskiye Akuly Yuzhn-Sakhalinsk to help his team win the 9-5 hockey game.

Our players in KHL

Irbis Kazan alumnus and Junior Hockey League bronze medalist in 2021 Artur Brovkin scored his first career KHL goal for Ak Bars. He helped his team to get a win in the game against Vityaz Moscow Region.

In the same game made his KHL debut another Kazan junior hockey school alumnus Adel Bulatov. He played 103 games in Junior Hockey League, scoring 22 goals and notching 38 assists for a total of 60 points. Brovkin scored 28 goals and had 17 assists for a total of 45 points in 154 Junior Hockey League games.