This Sunday, September 16th, eight regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League. Most of them were Eastern Conference matchups. This is your gameday round-up on JHL official website.
Avto Yekaterinburg hosted Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk in the second game of the back-to-back series and managed to get their revenge for the loss the day before. This time Yekaterinburg played fast-paced hockey right from the beginning and midway thru the opening period they got on the board with a great passing play, finished off by Ilya Ovchinnikov. Early in the second period Yuri Zhuravlyov put the puck on net from the blue line and Alexei Schetilin got caught off guard. That ended the night for him as Nikita Kamyshnikov went into the cage. Soon after that home team capitalize on the turnover by the ‘Foxes’. Pavel Voronkov stole the puck, Denis Yerkin passed it to the slot and Alexander Derbenyov sent it home to make it 3-0.
Magnitogorsk got one goal back at 44-05 as they converted on a powerplay – Kirill Zotov sent it upstairs. The visitors did their best to bring the game back to even, pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker late in the game but Yegor Spiridonov killed the last hope as he got a high-sticking minor. Avto take it 3-1 on home ice.
The game in Ufa ended with the same final score but without sensation. Tolpar once again beat Sarmaty Orenburg on home ice. Orenburg, who lost by a blowout the day before, allowed a goal first again – seven minutes in Daniil Skorikov found the back of the net. The visitors got back even early in the second period – Viktor Volkov sent one past Dmitry Braginsky. After that Ufa was the only team filling the net, as they scored the winner in the third stanza. Last ten minutes of play were all about Vladimir Bakanin as first he put his team back in the lead and then set the final score at 52-19.
Ladiya Togliatti decided to follow Reaktor Nizhnekamsk’s footsteps. In the first game of the back-to-back series the visitors Nizhnekamsk secured the win in the opening period. Although, Ladiya did the same thing but in the second. Yegor Alexeyev got on the board 35 minutes in. Right after that Daniil Emelin got two minutes and a 10-minute misconduct for checking to the head. Ladiya capitalized on the ensuing powerplay as Yegor Bystrov got a marker of his own.
Togliatti failed to convert on a few really great scoring chance but that changed nothing in the big picture, even though Nizhnekamsk sliced the lead in half with a powerplay goal – Maxim Polkin got the tally. The teams played dirty in the third stanza and combined for 69 penalty minutes. The score remained the same and Ladiya enjoyed a 2-1 win.
Second game of the Bear rivalry turned out to be tightly contested and exciting. Two minutes in Chelyabinsk opened up the scoring as Demid Mansurov found the back of the net. In the second period the team traded goals – Novokuznetsk tied the game twice as Danil Kolodko and Artur Gilyazeyev got the markers, while Vladislav Kuliyev and Yegor Stepanov scored for Chelyabinsk.
Shootout continued in the third frame. Nikita Plyonkin and Bulat Zagidullin put the visitors in the lead for the first time in the game, while Dmitry Levashov further improved the lead at 56-14. It seemed a pretty comfortable lead but Novokuznetsk wouldn’t be true to themselves had they not blown it – Kuliyev scored his second of the game and with 1-27 left on the clock Stepanov did the same as he converted on a powerplay. Konstantin Lukin scored the game-winning goal in overtime – notably, that was his first career JHL goal. Belye Medvedi take it 6-5 in overtime.
After suffering a blowout loss to Sputnik Almetyevsk, Irbis Kazan learned their lesson and got their revenge, although they had to put in maximum effort for that. The tendency of quick goals continued as just 32 seconds after the initial puckdrop Ilyas Sitdikov sent one past Adel Minegaliev. Almetyevsk answered 24 minutes in – Igor Kozin sniped one home. Kazan had the momentum in the third period but the visitors played very smart defensively and lost only in the shootout – Mikhail Shetopalov got the winner. Kazan take it 2-1 in the shootout.
JHC Spartak and Krylia Sovetov met in Moscow and they put together a really exciting show for the fans. Six minutes into the game ‘Soviet Wings’ were up 2-1 – Artyom Koksharov and Yegor Kurbatov scored for the visitors, while Mikhail Shalagin got one in for the red-and-white. However, it was Spartak who had the lead after 20 minutes of play – Mikhail Bulimov scored on a powerplay, while Yegor Kravchenko made it 3-2.
The teams picked up right where they left off in the second frame. Yegor Gluschenko and Artyom Klavdiyev got a tally each two minutes apart and just like that Krylia Sovetov got their lead back. Shalagin got his second of the game midway through the period, but the visitors still finished it in the lead – Maxim Vyatkin got the tally. In the third stanza Anton Mishakov was the only one who found the back of the net, tying the game up again. Regulation and overtime solved nothing and Spartak went on to win in the shootout – Danila Levanov netted one on the deciding attempt.
There were no revenges in the game between Mamonty Yugry and Snezhnye Barsy. Home team opened up the scoring in the second period of play as Ilya Drozdetskikh found the back of the net. In the third stanza the players lost their cool and often one team had a man advantage. In the end the ‘Mammoths’ converted on one of those powerplay opportunities – Vladislav Katin got the tally. Another penalty led to another goal – this time Stepan Grymzin found his target.
In the end Mamonty Yugry enjoyed a shutout 3-0 win. Artyom Melnikov got his third career JHL shutout as he stopped all 12 shots he had to face.
Tyumensky Legion faced Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk in the final game of the weekend. Late in the first period Andrei Kovalenko scored a goal in his second consecutive game as he sniped it top-shelf from the slot. Ust-Kamenogorsk got back even in a hurry. Early in the second stanza Nikolai Mayorov got one in just inside the crossbar. Mikhail Shabanov put Tyumen back in the lead, while a little later Ivan Stepanov converted on a breakaway chance to improve the lead to 3-1 for the Legion.
Altay managed to get back to within one as Ivan Shaposhnikov beat Vladislav Bulygin but they shot themselves in the foot later. They started a mass brawl with the home team and got a minor penalty, cancelling their chances for one final push. Tyumensky Legion take it 3-2 on home ice.