TOP MOMENTS OF THE SEASON. THE RETURN OF ALTYBARMAKYAN

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16.05.2018 в 12:20

TOP MOMENTS OF THE SEASON. THE RETURN OF ALTYBARMAKYAN

Junior Hockey League continues its series of remembering the most vivid moments of the past season. Next on the menu – September 10th. On that day HC Kapitan Stupino won their first game after returning to the league, which coincided with a comeback of one of the most prolific scorers in JHL history.

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Six regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League that day. Avto and Sputnik Almetyevsk stepped on the ice first in Yekaterinburg. The day before the visitors got steamrolled by the opposition 11-2 but this time around they managed to get away with just five allowed goals. Although, they couldn’t score a single one on Yekaterinburg.

 

SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and Chayka Nizhny Novgorod played their second game of the back-to-back series in the North. St. Petersburg dressed for the game JHL Challenge Cup hero and KHL All-Star Andrei Altybarmakyan, who had played for SKA-Serebryanye Lvy.

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19-year-old forward was one of previous season’s heroes. JHL Challenge Cup opened the first ever All-Star Week in Ufa. Team West once again beat Team East but this time only in the shootout. Altybarmakyan scored his team’s only goal and then added another one for the win in the shootout. Andrei Altybarmakyan (SKA-Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg) and Pavel Podluboshnov (Krasnaya Armiya Moscow) were named top players of the game on Team West, while Anton Kovalyov (Omskie Yastreby) and Kirill Tsulygin (Tolpar Ufa) got the honors on Team East. All four hockey players went on to participate in KHL All-Star Game, in which Altybarmakyan scored the game-winning goal.

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Moreover, Altybarmakyan was one Predators’ leaders as he scored 20 goals in 31 games, adding 25 assist for a total of 45 points. However, he spent the remainder of the season in the VHL and couldn’t help his team to make the playoffs.

In the 2017-18 season Altybarmakyan played his first game for SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, helping ‘army men’ to get a win. St. Petersburg opened up the scoring just four minutes in. Vladislav Syomin’s shot from the left wing hit goaltender in the chest and bounced to the slot. Nikolai Chebykin buried the rebound, while Altybarmakyan got an assist on the play.

Just as the game passed its halfway mark, SKA-1946 improved their lead to 2-0. ‘Army men’ converted on a powerplay and this time around Chebykin picked up an assist, while Mikhail Maltsev picked bottom corner with an excellent shot. In the third period of play Altybarmakyan also found the back of the net. Kozhokar stopped his initial shot but still got beat on the rebound. Gleb Bondaruk further improved the lead but Dmitry Pashkov scored a consolation goal in the last minute of regulation, stealing the shutout from Konstantin Volkov. SKA-1946 won 4-1.

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HC Kapitan Stupino also enjoyed their first win after returning to Junior Hockey League as they beat HC Riga in the second game of the back-to-back series. Unlike in the previous game, Stupino allowed a goal first - Alexander Smirnov beat Petr Kochetkov from the slot. 11 minutes in Riga doubled their lead as Aleksei Popovs converted on a powerplay. Stupino got down to business early in the 2nd period. First Daniil Tyutchev scored his first goal for Kapitan – that one also came on a man-advantage. And then Vladimir Kapkin tied it up. 39 minutes in Kapitan got in the lead – Dmitry Zherebkin got the marker. At 54th minute Dmitry Semykin secured the win and set the final score – 4-2 in favor of HC Kapitan Stupino.

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