Just one regular season game took place in Junior Hockey League on October 5th but it was a huge rivalry. JHC Dynamo and SKA-1946 faced each other in St. Petersburg.
Formal visitors capitalized on their scoring chances more often and won the evenly matched game. First period of play featured no goals but both teams created really good chances to open up the scoring. One episode that really stood out was when Dynamo players jumped on a 2-on-0 rush but Nikita Lysenkov saved ‘army men’ on a shot by Alexei Kudryavtsev, proving once again that he is one of the best goaltenders in the league. Lysenkov also had to make a save with his mask one time – the puck went over the boards after making that contact.
SKA-1946 got on the board two minutes into the second period – Andrei Altybarmakyan caught Kirill Ustimenko off-guard with a one-timer. The visitors had a 2-man advantage on the play. Dynamo brought it back to even with a powerplay marker of their own – they converted on SKA-1946’s initial penalty of the game. Pyotr Yakovlev found the back of the net as he poked it in, prematurely releasing Vladislav Tsitsyura from the penalty box.
That goal proved to be the only one home team could get all night. ‘Army men’ were the only ones scoring after that. Another man-advantage and Alexander Savchenkov’s men get in the lead – this time Ivan Morozov buried the rebound. One of the key moments of the game was the episode when Anton Vasiliev couldn’t sent it past Lysenkov with a shot from the half-wall. Morozov went on to score his second of the game – he scored in almost identical situation, teaching Vasiliev a lesson. Alexei Tsyplakov set the final score. Dynamo overcommitted to offense and got caught on a counter-attack. SKA-1946 win the first game of the back-to-back series 4-1.