About the League
Third week of Parimathc Junior Hockey League regular season came to a close. As per tradition we present you its most exciting facts, numbers and highlights.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow continues to sit on top of the Western Conference standings because of Loko Yaroslavl loss to JHC Atlant Moscow Region. ‘Army men’ have the first spot entirely for themselves. Taifun Primorie Region remain the biggest surprise in the West as they’re still among the Top-3 teams of the conference and don’t seem to be going anywhere. Mikhailov Academy Tula led by their top goal-scorer Gleb Petrov also look solid. Tula forward is currently second in Junior Hockey League in goals. JHC Spartak Moscow and HK Riga sank a little lower but still remain in Top-8. As for reigning Kharlamov Cup champions JHC Dynamo Moscow, they have fallen out of the playoff zone but most of the teams form such a tight group at this point that there’s nothing to worry about. After defeating Loko, Atlant continue to dwell at the rock bottom of the standings but at least now there are no teams without a win in the West.
Not much changed in the Eastern Confernece. Loko-76 Yaroslavl top the table but Tolpar Ufa have a chance to surpass them today if they get another win over Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk. As for the ‘Steel Foxes’, they fell to the third spot. Ladiya Togliatti and Sputnik Almetyevsk move two positions up each as there are fifth and sixth in the conference respectively. However, Omskie Yastreby sak to the seventh place after blowout losses to Stalnye Lisy. Tyumensky Legion is the only Eastern team that seems hopeless at this point with two points to their credit. Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk are right next to them as they find themselves uncharacteristically low in the standings but in their defense they played just five games. Irbis Kazan finally got a few victories as they defeated their arch-rivals Ufa.
Solo by Chyuryukanov and unorthodox save by Tsyba. Top highlights of the week
Omskie Yastreby’s Danila Ganin recently climbed back on top of his team’s top goal-scorer’s list. He scored one of the best goals of the week in the game against Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk.
In our Supersave of the Week category we have Taifun Primorie Region goaltender Arseny Tsyba. He makes a mistakes but makes up for it in amazing fashion.
Alexei Averyanov is one of the heroes behind the win over Sibirskie Snaiperu. At times this defenseman played like a natural forward.
Unfortunately, Andrei Proskurnin fails to score on this play. This amazing dangle deserved a triumph at the backend.
Ivan Chyuryukanov opened up the scoring in the game between JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg and SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg in this spectacular fashion. His opponent didn’t have the stick but that doesn’t affect the beauty of the play.
Top scorer and most assists
Ilya Kvochko (Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk) - 8 (1 goals, 7 assists) points
Top goal-scorers with 4 markers each
Roman Kantserov and Maxim Kuznetsov (both – Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk)
Robert Chernov (Reaktor Nizhnekamsk)
Kuznetsov scored all of his four goals in the same game, in which Stalnye Lisy beat Omskie Yastreby. Thus the forward had the first 4-goal performance of the season. As for Kantserov, he had two 2-goal performances out of last week’s 19.
Most points among defensemen
Yuri Salov (Avto Yekaterinburg) – 4 (0 goals, 4 assists) points
Best in plus/minus category
Bogdan Krokhalyov and Innokentiy Rybin (both – Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk) – plus-6
15-year-old Irbis Kazan forward Timofey Zhulin helped his team to snap a losing streak and get first victories of the season. Notably, Kazan were able to defeat their arch-rivals Tolpar Ufa. In the first game of the back-to-back Zhulin scored his team’s second goal and converted on a penalty shot. In the second game he scored his team’s third goal that proved to be the winner. With these four points Kazan were able to leave the last place in Eastern Conference standings.
Four goaltenders were able to get shutout last week. Arslan Shigapov (Sputnik Almetyevsk) couldn’t get one but posted the best Goals Against Average with 1.67. Shigapov played three games, allowing five goals. He was named the top goaltender of the week.
SKA-Varyagi’s Valery Brinkman stopped the most shots in a single game. In the game against Loko Yaroslavl on September 20th he stopped 55 shots. However, that didn’t help St. Petersburg to lose twice to last season’s runners-up. One of Yaroslavl top players Stepan Steshenko was in the spotlight. On the play it took him just 20 seconds to capitalize on the man-advantage. After scoring the goal Loko forward tapped the home ice.
And on this play the forward beautifully beat St. Petersburg defenseman and sent it past the goaltender at full speed.
Yegor Smirnov and Daniil Gutik put together a nice play and did it almost shorthanded.
Our players in KHL
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg goaltender Sergei Ivanov posted his first career Junior Hockey League shutout in the game against JHC Atlant Moscow Region and the very next day he was dressed for a KHL game. SKA faced off against Amur Khabarovsk. JHL alumnus Yaroslav Askarov was in goal for St. Petersburg that night but the 17-year-old Ivanov has his whole future ahead of him!
Andrei Pribylsky, Vladislav Mikhailov and Dmitry Rashevsky scored for Dynamo Moscow in the same KHL game and helped the blue-and-white beat HC Sochi. All three of them scored a goal on April 23, 2021 in Kharlamov Cup Finals and hoisted the trophy the same night.