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Junior Hockey League continues its series of remembering the most vivid moments of the past season. Next on the menu – October 17th, 2017. That day we saw the return of one of the most prolific scorers in JHL history, while Chelyabinsk youngsters showed their power.
The 2016-17 season was an outstanding one for Omskie Yastreby forward Artyom Manukyan as he set a new scoring record in Junior Hockey League regular seasons. In the game between Omskie Yastreby and Ladiya Togliatti Manukyan picked up an assist on Maxim Mineyev’s marker as ‘the Hawks’ scored their second and thus got his 93rd point of the season. In the game against Sibirskie Snaipery Manukyan assisted on Dmitry Zavgorodniy’s goal. That pass was his 61st of the season. Thus Manukyan beat Dmitry Mikhailov’s record, which he had set in the 2012-13 season with Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk – 60 assists in 54 regular season games. Overall in the 2016-17 season Manukyan scored 39 goals and 66 assists for 105 points to top the league in points and assists.
At the Kontinental Hockey League season-closing ceremony in Moscow Artyom Manukyan was awarded with a special prize for Junior Hockey League rookie of the 2016-17 season. Manukyan won the award as the top scorer of JHL regular season and record-holder for most points in a single season. Manukyan received the award from Olympic and Stanley Cup champion Valery Kamensky.
After the triumphant season Manukyan returned to Omskie Yastreby. His team got off to a shaky start in the regular season and was located in the bottom half of the standings. On October 17th
Omskie Yastreby faced previous season’s runners-up Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. ‘The Hawks’ had lost the first game of the back-to-back series against 2017 silver medalists in overtime.
Aside from Manukyan, Omskie Yastreby also dressed for the second time top goal-scorer of previous regular season Anton Kovalyov. The visitors opened up the scoring 13 minutes as Islam Khasanov found the back of the net – he also had scored the overtime-winner the day before. Midway through the second period Ilya Paranin doubled the lead with a powerful shot from mid-range that went in just inside the crossbar. Omskie Yastreby got a goal back in a hurry – Artyom Manukyan used a bounce from defenseman’s skate to his advantage and netted his first tally of the year. Seven minutes into the 3rd stanza Manukyan scored his second of the game but just a couple of minutes later Danil Galeyev put Nizhnekamsk back in the lead.
Soon after that Manukyan pulled off the same thing Paranin had done a bit earlier – he motored into the zone and fired the puck in just under the crossbar to tie it up again. Omskie Yastreby kept the momentum and in the end were able to convert into goals. Manukyan scored his fourth with just over six minutes remaining to play in regulation, and a little later Yegor Serdyuk, who had picked up an assist on Manukyan’s fourth tally, scored another one. Manukyan registered an assist on that marker as well to rack a total of five points, leading his team to a much needed win.
Another exciting game took place in Chelyabinsk where local Belye Medvedi steamrolled over Sputnik Almetyevsk. Chelyabinsk scored ten goals on their opposition, allowing just one. Nikita Tertyshny enjoyed a hat-trick, while Platon Popov chipped in two tallies. Artyom Chupin scored the only goal for Almetyevsk four minutes into the second period of play. Goaltender Sergei Mylnikov played his 50th game for Belye Medvedi and stopped 21 shots.