Junior Hockey League continues its series of remembering the most vivid moments of the past season. Once again we look back at October events and today we’re going to talk about two gamedays that took place on October 27th and October 30th. On both occasions it was JHL debutantes Kunlun Red Star Junior that were in the spotlight.
Gameday of October 27th finished in Riga where the Chinese side played hosts to Taifun Primorie Region. The events that took place in that game give hockey a bad reputation and yet they were one of the most memorable in the regular season.
Primorie Region won the game 4-0. Alexei Rarov, Artyom Alexandrov, Sergei Goncharuk and Alexei Yepifanov got the markers, while Vladislav Bulygin stopped 24 shots to nail down a shutout.
Late regulation things began heating up and shortly a mass brawl broke out in front of the visitors’ net. Ten players participated in the brawl and they combined for a total of 252 penalty minutes. Overall the teams registered 304 penalty minutes by the end of the night.
Incidentally, it wasn’t the last brawl of such caliber for the Chinese team in the regular season. On November 18th Kunlun Red Star Junior beat HC Kapitan in an exciting game in Stupino. The game featured a ton of goals and fights. The teams combined for a total of 117 penalty minutes, which isn’t par to what had happened in that game against Taifun, but still is a whopping total.
By the end of October it became obvious that Kunlun is gradually turning into the most exciting team of the regular season. Just a few games after the back-to-back series against Taifun, Kunlun Red Star Junior faced yet another team from Russia’s Far East and it was quite a spectacle of penalty minutes and goals again.
The teams combined for yet another ton of penalties. Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk and Kunlun chipped in for a total of 127 penalty minutes. Additional intrigue lied in that Beijing’s leaders used to play for Khabarovsk and they came out really hard for the game. Pavel Krutiy scored four goals on his former team by halfway mark of the game. Vladimir Zababurin also got a tally against ‘the Tigers’. Lithuanian forward Mark Kaleinikovas scored a hat-trick and Kunlun Red Star Junior went on to enjoy a grand 11-4 win against Khabarovsk