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Just one game took place on the opening night of jubilee Junior Hockey League season but as many as 28 teams hit the ice on September 5th. There were a lot of goals scored in 14 regular season games, first hat-trick and shutout took place as well. All that and more in today’s recap.
Last season’s bronze medalists Reaktor Nizhnekamsk played their first game at home as they faced Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk. Reaktor was heavily outshooting the opposition but it was the visitors who got on the board first – Maxim Chalov found the back of the net. At 13-10 Yegor Favrichnikov restored the status quo and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms tied on the scoreboard. In the 2nd period Reaktor finally managed to convert the momentum they had into goals – Bulat Shambazov, Timur Sharifyanov, Maxim Groshev and Arsen Khisamutdinov got a marker each.
Early in the 3rd period Vladislav Nurek took the place between the pipes for Altay as he replaced Andrei Shutov. He didn’t allow any goals but Nizhnekamsk ran into a penalty problem and spent half a period playing shorthanded. However, the score remained unchanged. Reaktor won 5-1.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg faced Russkie Vityazi on home ice. Chekhov team took just two shots on Kirill Ustimenko, while Daniil Chechelev was rather busy and stopped nine shots. The visitors won the 2nd period. 24 minutes in Dmitry Kozlov took a screen shot and sniped it just under the bar, leaving no chance for Ustimenko. Halfway through the game Georgy Dedov improved the lead for Russkie Vityazi and Ustimenko got replaced by Makar Chufarov.
In the 3rd stanza Dynamo were all over Chekhov but failed to find the back of the net. In the end Chechelev stopped 26 shots to get the first shutout win of the jubilee season. Russkie Vityazi begin the year with a 2-0 win on the road.
Last season’s runners-up SKA-1946 St. Petersburg played hosts to HC Kapitan Stupino. Home team looked strong in the opening period – Ivan Morozov got a goal, while Dmitry Ovechkin got two to give his team a comfortable lead. Ovechkin’s first goal was especially good as he sniped it top-shelf from the slot.
‘Army men’ continued to have the momentum on their side in the 2nd frame, but they couldn’t convert on it, while Stupino got the feel of the game and also got their first markers of the year – Georgy Merkulov sent it in with a shot off the right wall. A minute they scored from the left wing – Ruslan Aliyev made it 3-2.
The comeback didn’t happen. SKA-1946 scored two more goals. Daniil Ogirchuk got one and then Ovechkin completed his hat-trick. Reigning silver medalists won 5-2.
Sibirskie Snaipery hosted Irbis Kazan. Bogdan Nefyodov and Artur Akhmyatov made their respective debuts in this one. Both netminders didn’t allow any goals in the opening frame, although Akhmyatov obviously had more work as Novosibirsk took twice as many shots as the opposition.
The teams traded goals in the following period. Andrei Borisyuk put the home team on the board. Ten minutes later Kazan got back even – Kirill Degtyaryov got the marker. Sibirskie Snaipery finally managed to convert on their scoring chances only in the 3rd stanza. Timofey Aksyonenko and Ivan Shulga got a marker each at even-strength, while Georgy Yurov chipped in a powerplay tally as Novosibirsk won 4-1.
Unlike the game in Novosibirsk, first period of the matchup between Kuznetskie Medvedi and Ladiya Togliatti happened to feature a lot of goals. Home team had the lead twice. Gafar Satarov scored in the very first shift, and then Artyom Frolov tied it up. Then Satarov got his second of the game at 12-35. Novokuznetsk didn’t manage to carry the lead into the 2nd period as Konstantin Kukharev got another one past Andrei Katyukhin.
Togliatti went on to win the next frame as they scored three more times, while Gleb Bannikov got scored on just once. The teams traded goals again in the last stanza but it changed nothing in the big picture. Novokuznetsk lost 6-4 on home ice. Yegor Alexeyev and Konstantin Kukharev scord two goals each for the winner. Alexander Makarevich got two tallies for the home side.
A quick goal took place in one of the most exciting games of the day between two former Kharlamov Cup champions. Stalnye Lisy got in the lead just under two minutes into the first period – Yegor Spiridonov received the puck from Pavel Yerofeyev and scored from the slot. Notably, both teams rocked their new jerseys – grey is dominant color of Magnitogorsk home uniforms.
Home team scored twice in the 2nd frame. Dorofeyev got a tally himself with a top-shelf shot and two minutes later Danil Pyatin made the ‘Hawks’ pay for a mistake on a powerplay and converted on his breakaway chance. At 50-04 Dmitry Sheshin sent another one past Nikita Dianov to make it 4-0. Omsk managed to eke out a goal just over a minute later as Ilya Badanin found the back of the net but ‘Steel Foxes’ still enjoyed a 4-1 win on home ice.
Sputnik Almetyevsk opened their season on home ice as they played hosts to Snezhnye Barsy Astana. The visitors looked a bit better in the 1st period but the fans had to wait till midway through the 2nd stanza for goals. Aidos Zhorabek put Astana in the lead at 27-23 but Iskander Mulyukov restored the status quo five minutes later with a shorthanded marker. However, the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Snezhnye Barsy up by one as Oleg Boyko found the back of the net on a powerplay.
Batyrlan Muratov set the final score with yet another powerplay goal. Astana converted on a dirty penalty received by Artyom Lebedev who got a 10-minute misconduct for checking to the head. Snezhnye Barsy win 3-1.
Orenburg had a very serious opponent in their first game of the season – last season’s bronze medalists Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk. Igor Novikov brought the fans to their feet at 2-52 as he finished off Artur Raina’s feed from the slot. At 11-01 another defensive mistake by Chelyabinsk turned into another Sarmaty’s goal – Ivan Kurov tipped Yakov Kolosov’s shot.
2nd period of play also featured a lot of goals. Orenburg went up 3-0 but Chelyabinsk scored twice as well. However, then Savely Tyavin got two more goals and that created a daunting task for the ‘Polar Bears’. They were down by three at the beginning of the 3rd period, while being heavily outshot. All Chelyabinsk could get was a goal by Grigory Nesvetayev, while Sarmaty got two more tallies en route to their blowout 7-3 win.
Vitaly Solovyov’s Avto Yekaterinburg opened their season in Khanty-Mansiysk. Home team spent more time in the offensive end in the 1st period of play, especially since 13 minutes Vladislav Bukharov got a misconduct penalty for cross-checking. Late in the period Denis Yerkin got a minor penalty, who returned to the rink as an Avto player.
Midway through the 2nd period home team scored twice in a row – in a span of 61 seconds Ivan Savchik and Denis Latyshevich found the back of the net. Late in the frame they converted on a powerplay – Ilya Drozdetskikh made Avto pay for a bench minor. Vladimir Gaideik set the final score halfway through the 3rd stanza and Mamonty Yugry kicked off their season with a 4-0 win on home ice.
Tolpar Ufa didn’t go easy on Tyumensky Legion and scored four unanswered goals in the opening period of play. Alexei Pustozyorov, Yaroslav Sokolov, Ildar Abdeyev and Yegor Suchkov got the markers. The visitors had a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Both teams swapped their goaltenders in before the 2nd period – Pavel Guschin and Yuri Groshev hit the ice.
The beating continued. Anton Pachin scored a pair and Emmanuil Shafeyev scored Tolpar’s 7th goal. That concluded the scoring. Dmitry Braginsky stopped 18 shots and got his first career JHL shutout in his debut game.
Reigning Kharlamov Cup champions Loko Yaroslavl faced 2014 champions in their first game of the season. Yaroslavl had the momentum in the opening period but failed to convert on three powerplay opportunities. Spartak got a great chance to get on the board in the 2nd frame as they had a 2-man advantage for two minutes. ‘Railway men’ pulled through but then allowed a gal at even-strength – Evgeny Sorokin scored from the slot.
Home team got back even in a hurry – captain Vladislav Chervonenko found the back of the net. Kirill Slepets, who had picked up an assist on the marker, sniped a goal of his own in the very next shift from a face-off circle. The score remained unchanged in the 3rd period. Yaroslavl kick off their new season with a win on home ice.
Almaz Cherepovets hosted Krylia Sovetov Moscow and first goal of the game came only at 25-58 – Artyom Markov scored on a powerplay, after ‘Soviet Wings’ got caught with too many men on the ice. The visitors tied the game up five minutes later – Pavel Ryzhenkov put one past Dmitry Shugayev. However, Cherepovets still had the lead after 20 minutes of play – Pavel Zhirnov put his team up by one again.
In the 3rd stanza Krylia Sovetov caught wind in their sails. In the span of 20 seconds Yefim Mishkin and Vitaly Lebyodkin got a tally each to put their team in the lead. Cherepovets pulled back even but after that Moscow was the only team scoring. Yegor Kurbatov scored a pair and Artyom Serikov chipped in one more to set the final score at 6-3 in favor of ‘Soviet Wings’.
First period of play in Riga, Latvia featured a lot of penalties but no goals and it was HK Riga who had the momentum. The visitors opened up the scoring early in the 2nd period on a powerplay after Renars Karkls got a minor penalty – Ilya Sandalov found the back of the net. 38 minutes in Primorie Region team got a shorthanded tally. The visitors caught Riga on a counter-attack and Alexander Klisunov doubled the lead.
Early in the 3rd stanza Maxim Dontsov scored the third goal. After that the visitors focused on defense and were successful at that. Latvian team couldn’t solve Vladislav Glazatov, who stopped 22 shots for a shutout.
SKA-Varyagi made their Junior Hockey League debut as they faced Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk. St. Petersburg got off to a decent start. Ilya Altybarmakyan scored the first goal at 32-37. He skated into the zone down the left win, then deked to his right and sent it in on the short-side.
Home team carried the 1-0 lead up till the final minute of regulation and then Alexei Polodyan set the final score at 2-0. Goaltender Yaroslav Askarov stopped all 26 shots he had to face for a shutout.