Five regular season games will take place in Molodyozhnaya Hokkeynaya Liga (MHL) on October 19th. Eastern Conference teams will face each other. Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk will try to bounce back from being shut out by Sarmaty Orenburg the day before.
Orenburg ended their 7-game winning streak in Kazan but as the returned home, they easily edged Novokuznetsk for three points. Dmitry Stulov’s men are currently sixth in the standings with 31 points in 17 games. Kuznetskie Medvedi are currently in eighth, at the very bottom of the playoff zone. With a win tonight the visiting team will catch up with Sarmaty.
The first game between the two teams in MHL history took place in the 2015-16 season. On September 21st, 2015 in Novokuznetsk Sarmaty led throughout the game thanks to a pair of goals by Konstantin Dubinin, but couldn’t hold on to the lead and lost the game in the shootout – 3-2. In the second game of the back-to-back series Sarmaty bounced back with a 5-3 win.
In the first game of the current back-to-back series, which took place this past Tuesday, Sarmaty enjoyed a very solid lead over Kuznetskie Medvedi as they scored four unanswered goals. 18-year-old Orenburg forward Alexei Fakirov scored a hat-trick and Vladislav Sharipov added another goal to that. Artyom Sergeyev stopped all 31 shots he had to face and earned a shutout.
Sarmaty: Danil Kudashev (14 games, 8 wins, 92,4% save percentage, goals against average - 1.88)
Kuznetskie Medvedi: Andrei Katyukhin (12 games, 5 wins, 91.3% save percentage, goals against average - 2.73)
Sarmaty: Evgeny Borisov (17 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points, plus-4)
Kuznetskie Medvedi: Ilya Olendarenko (15 games, 5 goals, 5 points, plus-4)
Sarmaty: Nikita Strizhov (17 games, 9 goals, 1 assist, 10 points, minus-1)
Kuznetskie Medvedi: Andrei Karavayev (15 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points, plus-5)
Other games this Wednesday:
Snezhnye Barsy Astana – Ladiya Togliatti
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk – Irbis Kazan
Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk – Tolpar Ufa
Tyumensky Legion Tyumen – Avto Yekaterinburg