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Junior Hockey League present second Kharlamov Cup semifinal matchup. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg will face Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk.
St. Petersburg finished second round of the playoffs in three games as well, although pundits expected a longer series against JHC Spartak Moscow. It was a great matchup, although, admittedly, Spartak fans had the right to hope for a better result than elimination in three games and three goals scored in 180 minutes. After a shutout loss in the opening game of the series, the red-and-white erased a 2-goal deficit in Game 2 but defensive mistakes late in regulation led to two more tallies past Andrei Skovronsky. In Game, which was held in Moscow, the mighty and balanced offense once again was king. Evgeny Tsaryuk’s shorthanded marker played a huge role as St. Petersburg were up by just a goal at the time.
SKA-1946 roster still doesn’t feature any clean-cut leaders. All of their lines share more or less an equal ice-time, which allows all of them to create a fair number of scoring chances and almost all of St. Petersburg players have points. Vladislav Kurbatov was topped in scoring by Artyom Nikolayev, who had a blast in the series against Spartak. Kirill Petkov and Alexei Ozhgikhin trail not too far behind, as they have six and five points respectively. Kirill Basisty continues top SKA-1946 defensemen in scoring, but it was his teammate Timur Sulteyev who was named the top defenseman of the second round. Konstantin Volkov, thank to a shutout and just three allowed goals in as many games, was named the top goaltender of the second round.
Belye Medvedi haven’t lost a game in this post-season run, so one of the teams is certain to end their winning-streak in the upcoming matchup. Avto Yekaterinburg had little to counter-offer to Chelyabinsk in the quarterfinal series. ‘Polar Bears’ steamrolled the opposition in Game 1 as they enjoyed a blowout 5-1 win. They went on to win Game 2 in Yekaterinburg 4-2. As the series moved to Chelyabinsk for Game 3, Belye Medvedi managed to hold on to a 2-goal lead, despite the fact that Avto pulled back to within one and threatened to force overtime. Nevertheless, the series never went the extra mile. Now Belye Medvedi have to travel to far away St. Petersburg, which they faced the last time in the 2014-15 season. Back then SKA-1946 and Belye Medvedi also met in the semifinals and St. Petersburg went on to enjoy a 3-1 win.
U20 Team Russia goaltender Vladislav Sukhachyov swapped Sergei Mylnikov in Chelyabinsk’s goal and he’s been lights out ever since – he won all three games, stopping an average of .948 per game. Evgeny Kobyakov is still the most productive player on Belye Medvedi with seven points. Nikita Tertyshny also has sevene points and he played two fewer games. Yuri Shadrin scored four goals in six games, while Ilya Karpukhin leads all defensemen in points with three. He is also a plus-6.
SКА-1946 (St. Petersburg)
In 2018 playoffs: 6 games, 6 regulation wins
Goals: 25 for, 11 against.
Top scorer: Artyom Nikolayev – 7 (4 goals, 3 assists) points.
Top goal-scorer: Artyom Nikolayev – 4 goals.
Most assists: Vladislav Kurbatov – 4 assists.
Top defenseman: Kirill Basisty – 5 (2 goals, 3 assists) points, plus-4
Starting goaltender: Konstantin Volkov – 5 games, 5 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.60, Save Percentage – .932 per game.
Belye Medvedi (Chelyabinsk)
In 2018 playoffs: 6 games, 4 regulation wins, 2 overtime wins
Goals: 24 for, 11 against.
Top scorer: Evgeny Kobyakov – 7 (3 goals, 4 assists) points.
Top goal-scorer: Yuri Shadrin – 4 goals.
Most assists: Evgeny Kobyakov – 4 assists.
Top defenseman: Ilya Karpukhin – 3 (1 goal, 2 assists) points, plus-6
Starting goaltender: Vladislav Sukhachyov – 3 games, 3 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.67, Save Percentage – .948 on average per game.