Eight Kharlamov Cup playoff games took place in Junior Hockey League on March 10th. Unlike last year, all Kharlamov Cup competitors hit the ice on the same day.
The fans weren’t treated to any goals in the opening period of play in the game between Avto Yekaterinburg and Tolpar Ufa. However, Yekaterinburg managed to convert their advantage in puck possession into a goal early in the 2nd frame. Vladislav Bukharov won the battle for the puck in the corner and passes it to Konstantin Suslov frim his knees. Daniil Tarasov stopped Suslov’s shot but then Maxim Sedov, who was left all alone, scored on the follow-up chance – thus, Sedov got the initial marker of the playoffs.
At 43-36 Yekaterinburg got a man-advantage and Maxim Dubovik scored off a great spin shot, which caught Tarasov off guard. That gave Avto a 2-0 lead, which they protected up till late in regulation. After Tolpar called time-out and pulled Tarasov for the extra-attacker, Roman Ivashov scored an empty-netter, which incidentally came shorthanded. Vladislav Gross stopped 32 shots and got his 1st career playoff shutout. Avto take it 3-0 on home ice and now lead the series 1-0.
Avto (Yekaterinburg) – Tolpar (Ufa) – 3-0 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0)
1-0 – Sedov (Suslov, Bukharov) – 23-15
2-0 – Dubovik (Unassisted) – 43-36 PPG
3-0 – Ivashov (Mityakin, Sevostyanov) – 57-42 SHG
Goaltenders: Gross - Tarasov
Fans, who came to see Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk take on Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, didn’t have to wait for so long to see the first goal of the game, but unfortunately for them it was the visitors who got it. A rare Nizhnekamsk offensive rush led to to shot by Bular Nabiullin and Nikita Kamyshnikov couldn’t parry it. Nevertheless, home side turned things around in a hurry. Makar Tokarev took a shot from a face-off circle unchallenged and tied the game up. A minute later Pavel Dorofeyev put Magnitogorsk in the lead and that concluded the opening period of play.
2nd frame began with Razat Timirov’s goal – Nizhnekamsk converted on a man-advantage and brought the game back to even again. Late in the stanza the visitors got back in the lead – Nabiullin got the puck from the neutral zone and beat Kamyshnikov on a breakaway. At 50-47 Magnitogorsk collapsed defensively and that lead to Nizhnekamsk’s fourth goal – Arsen Khisamutdinov first missed the wide-open and then hit the post. The puck bounced to Danil Galeyev, who finally put it home on the third follow-up chance.
Two minutes later Yegor Korobkin brought Stalnye Lisy back to within one as he buried the rebound on Maxim Mishakov’s shot. At 55-07 home team tied the game up and brought their fans to their feet – one of the top Magnitogorsk players, Maxim Rozhkov, found the back of the net. However, Nizhnekamsk still won the game. A long offensive rush led to Ilya Paranin taking a shot and Kamyshnikov, who slightly lost his positioning, wasn’t up for the task – Reaktor got a 5-4 lead. Timirov sealed the deal with a late empty-netter and Reaktor begin their playoff run with a 6-4 win on the road.
Stalnye Lisy (Magnitogorsk) – Reaktor (Nizhnekamsk) – 4-6 (2-1, 0-2, 2-3)
0-1 – Nabiullin (Paranin, Vidilin) – 13-05
1-1 – Tokarev (Oleinikov) – 13-53
2-1 – Dorofeyev (Rozhkov, Korobkin) – 14-58
2-2 – Timirov (Favrichnikov, Khisamutdinov) – 25-52 PPG
2-3 – Nabiullin (Galeyev) – 39-20 PPG
2-4 – Galeyev (Khisamutdinov) – 50-47
3-4 – Korobkin (Mishakov, Avramenko) – 52-30
4-4 – Rozhkov (Pyatin, Avramenko) – 55-07
4-5 – Paranin (Polkin, Semnov) – 57-57
4-6 – Timirov (Khisamutdinov) – 59-43 EN
Goaltenders: Kamyshnikov - Korotayev
Prior to the puckdrop in the game between Loko and Russkie Vityazi in Yaroslavl Junior Hockey League managing director Alexei Morozov presented home team with Western Conference championship trophy. Traditionally, none of the players touched the award and it was collected by the team’s mascot. Yaroslavl opened up the scoring late in the 1st period. Russkie Vityazi allowed a 2-on-1 rush and Denis Alexeyev beat Maxim Dorozhko to make it 1-0 Loko.
Early in the 2nd period Grigory Denisenko scored a thing of beauty. U18 Team Russia forward received the puck off the wing, beat his defenseman, cut to the slot, perplexed Dorozhko with his stickhandling and put it home. The visitors had several great chances to bring the game back to even. For instance, Dmitry Varlamov hit the post and late in the stanza Moscow Region team failed to convert on a 2-man advantage – the horn went off just nine seconds later and Yaroslavl held their 2-0 lead.
Russkie Vityazi began the 3rd period with a 2-man advantage as well but ripped no dividends from it. ‘Railway men’ focused on defense and slowly bled the clock. With this 2-0 win Loko take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Loko (Yaroslavl) – Russkie Vityazi (Moscow Region) – 2-0 (1-0, 1-0, 0-0)
1-0 – Alexeyev (Fateyev) – 19-39
2-0 – Denisenko (Kovalyov) – 21-22
Goaltenders: Konovalov - Dorozhko
It took SKA-1946 St. Petersburg just over a minute to open up the scoring in the game against Krylia Sovetov Moscow – Daniil Shabarov caught Daniil Kadochnikov off guard with a shot from a face-off circle. Seven minutes in Alexei Polodyan doubled the lead as he buried the rebound – Pavel Kukshtel was the one who started the rush. However, ‘the Soviet Wings’ got on the board in a hurry as well – Alexei Gerich got the puck in stride from Maxim Vyatkin and beat Konstantin Volkov to make it a 2-1 game.
In the 2nd period of play home team began building on their lead – Artyom Nikolayev and Alexei Ozhgikhin got a marker each. Notably, the latter caught Kadochnikov off guard with a long shot. At 38-44 Ozhgikhin scored his 2nd of the game, further improving the margin. In the 3rd stanza Krylia Sovetov tried their best to improve the situation as Vladimir Pokazannikov found the back of the net at 45-10. Nevertheless, Artyom Nikolayev got his 2nd tally of the game late in regulation to restore the 4-goal margin. With just 26 seconds remaining on the clock Nikita Kaptelin set the final score as he got another marker for Krylia Sovetov. SKA-1946 win 6-3 and take a lead in the series.
SКА-1946 (St. Petersburg) – Krylia Sovetov (Moscow) – 6-3 (2-1, 3-0, 1-2)
1-0 – Shabarov (Kholodenin) – 01-10
2-0 – Polodyan (Basisty, Kukshtel) – 06-44
2-1 – Gerich (Vyatkin) – 07-15
3-1 – Nikolayev (Bukhryakov, Ovechkin) – 27-46
4-1 – Ozhgikhin (Kurbatov) – 33-41
5-1 – Ozhgikhin (Kholodenin, Petkov) – 38-44
5-2 – Pokazannikov (Vyatkin) – 45-10
6-2 – Nikolayev (Kholodenin) – 54-06
6-3 – Kaptelin (Mikhasyonok, Novosyolov) – 59-34
Goaltenders: Volkov - Kadochnikov
Pundits expected a full-on battle in the series between JHC Spartak Moscow and Almaz Cherepovets and it looks like they were right. The teams didn’t score a single goal in the opening two periods of play. The game featured a lot of physical battles and not a lot of shots, which goaltenders by the caliber of Andrei Skovronsky and Alexei Artamkin didn’t have trouble stopping. After 40 minutes of play they game was still very much up for grabs.
3rd stanza was key in this one. At 45-15 Mark Rozanov put Spartak on the board, while Anton Pervov picked up the only assist on the play. Ten minutes later Artamkin allowed another goal – this time it was Yegor Kruzhenkov who found the back of the net. Late in regulation Cherepovets pulled Artamkin for the extra-attacker but still failed to solve Skovronsky. JHC Spartak Moscow enjoy a 2-0 win on home ice and take the lead in the series.
JHC Spartak (Moscow) – Almaz (Cherepovets) – 2-0 (0-0, 0-0, 2-0)
1-0 – Rozanov (Pervov) – 45-15
2-0 – Kruzhenkov (Talaluyev) – 56-05
Goaltenders: Skovronsky - Artamkin
JHC Dinamo St. Petersburg played host to reigning Kharlamov Cup champions Krasnaya Armiya Moscow and allowed a goal first – six minutes into the game Pavel Podluboshnov pounced on the puck after Dinamo defenseman gloved it to his own slot and put it behind the goal-line. Home team found the equalizer in the very next shift – this time Alexander Zhabreyev was Johnny-on-the-spot and buried the rebound on Vyacheslav Shevchenko’s shot. 14 minutes in Krasnaya Armiya got their lead back – Podluboshnov scored his 2nd of the game as he converted on a powerplay.
The score remained unchanged in the 2nd period and early in the 3rd Dinamo brought it back to even. Vladimir Barabanov received the puck, deked past his defenseman and wristed it home – Korepanov was not ready for the shot. The game ended with a 2-2 tie in regulation and the teams engaged in the first overtime of 2018 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs. Home team won it – Anton Vasiliev dangled his way to the net and poked it in. Just like last year, Dinamo win the opening game of the playoffs, beating reigning champions 3-2 in overtime.
JHC Dinamo (St. Petersburg) – Krasnaya Armiya (Moscow) – 3-2 ОТ (1-2, 0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
0-1 – Podluboshnov (Solopanov) – 05-06
1-1 – Zhabreyev (Shevchenko) – 05-48
1-2 – Podluboshnov (Myasischev, Byakin) – 13-39 PPG
2-2 – Barabanov (Nazarevich) – 43-23
3-2 – Vasiliev (Unassisted) – 60-32
Goaltenders: Ustimenko - Korepanov
Next game ended in overtime as well. Sibirskie Snaipery and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk didn’t feel each other out and traded goals within the opening five minutes of play. Daniil Lapin scored for Novosibirsk, while Belye Medvedi got a marker from Ivan Bezrukov. At 34-54 the visitors got in the lead as Evgeny Kobyakov found the back of the net and Chelyabinsk headed to the dressing-room leading 2-1 after two periods.
Sibirskie Snaipery looked great in the first half of the 3rd stanza and once again got in the lead as Artyom Artyomov and Nikita Shashkov got a tally each. However, at 52-36 Belye Medvedi made it a 3-3 hockey game as Yuri Shadrin got his 1st goal of the playoffs – Bezrukov and Kobyakov picked up assists on the play. Overtime ended at 8-34 as Evgeny Kobyakov scored his 2nd of the game to give Chelyabinsk their first win of the series.
Sibirskie Snaipery (Novosibirsk Region) – Belye Medvedi (Chelyabinsk) – 3-4 ОТ (1-1, 0-1, 2-1, 0-1)
1-0 – Lapin (Shulga, Mikhailov) – 03-24
1-1 – Bezrukov (Kobyakov) – 04-03
1-2 – Kobyakov (Bezrukov) – 34-54
2-2 – Artyomov (Sukhov) – 41-49
3-2 – Shashkov (Chelbayev) – 50-57
3-3 – Shadrin (Bezrukov, Kobyakov) – 52-36
3-4 – Кobyakov (Unassisted) – 68-34
Goaltenders: Shmakov - Mylnikov
Mamonty Yugry and Irbis Kazan were the last two teams to hit the ice. Junior Hockey League sports department director Igor Romashin presented Khanty-Mansiysk with Eastern Conference championship trophy prior to the game.
Home team set camp in the offensive end right off the bat and began peppering Amir Miftakhov with shot. U18 Team Russia goaltender allowed a goal just 86 seconds in – Ivan Morozov put ‘the Mammoths’ in the lead. That was followed by Stepan Grymzin’s marker - Khanty-Mansiysk’s top goal-scorer converted on a powerplay just 19 seconds into the next period. Alexander Yaremchuk scored shortly after that and two minutes later he got his 2nd of the game, improving the lead to 4-0. Kazan got a goal back as Nikita Soshnin found his target, but the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Mamonty Yugry leading by four goals – Pavel Shen got another tally for the home team.
They didn’t switch to defensive-minded hockey either and scored four more unanswered goals in the 3rd stanza. Pavel Shen scored his 2nd of the game as well, while Denis Yerkin, Yegor Popov and Kirill Marchenko added a tally each. Mamonty Yugry enjoy a blowout 9-1 win and looked poised to win the series.
Mamonty Yugry (Khanty-Mansiysk) – Irbis (Kazan) – 9-1 (1-0, 4-1, 4-0)
1-0 – Morozov (Shen, Marchenko) – 01-26
2-0 – Grymzin (Yerkin, Vakhrutdinov) – 20-19 PPG
3-0 – Yaremchuk (Karandeyev, Rudenko) – 25-07 PPG
4-0 – Yaremchuk (Drozdetskikh, Rudenko) – 27-45
4-1 – Soshnin (Unassisted) – 30-40
5-1 – Shen (Morozov, Marchenko) – 32-37 PPG
6-1 – Marchenko (Yushkevich, Denisevich) – 44-41 PPG
7-1 – Shen (Yushkevich) – 50-06 PPG
8-1 – Popov (Anokhin) – 56-17 PPG
9-1 – Yerkin (Grymzin, Gaideik) – 59-34
Goaltenders: Nechistovsky - Miftakhov