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Eight regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on October 24th. It all began in Russia’s Far East, where St. Petersburg teams continue their road trip. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
After a devastating series against JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg, SKA-1946 made their way to Fetisov-Arena in Vladivostok to face Taifun. First game of against the ‘army men’ didn’t put a smile on local players as they allowed eight goals and scored just one. After Vladislav Tsitsyura had opened up the scoring in the first, Nikita Malmygin tied it up late in the period and that was the only goal Taifun would get. As for the visitors, they filled the net to the top. Kirill Petkov gave SKA-1946 their second lead of the night before the intermission.
St. Petersburg really put it out of reach in the second frame – Tsitsyura scored his second of the game, while Adel Galiullin, Timur Ibragimov and Alexei Ozhgikhin added one each to the scoresheet. In the final stanza Ibragimov got his second of the night as well, while Artyom Zhuk set the final score with a shorthanded marker. SKA-1946 enjoy a blowout 8-1 win on the road.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg travelled from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk and beat Amurskie Tigry just as well, although in a much more modest and calculated manner. The visitors had the momentum on their side in the first 40 minutes of play but they managed to get on the board only early in the third period. Dynamo finally converted on a powerplay and it was no other but current top-scorer of the week Anton Vasiliev, who found the back of the net. Bogdan Zhilyakov picked up an assist on the play.
Dynamo got their second goal from Zhilyakov himself and once again it came on a powerplay, as Yegor Antonov got a minor. Dynamo win 2-0 and stay in among the top teams of the league, while goaltender Kirill Ustimenko earns a shutout with 26 saves.
Ladiya Togliatti faced Omskie Yastreby on home ice. The ‘Hawks’ adjusted their game after a loss the day before and opened up the scoring late in the first period of play. Arseny Gritsyuk tried to pass it to the far post, but Ladiya defenseman blocked the lane and it ricocheted towards the net. Arseny Nikonorov played it straight to the blade of the stick of his opponent, who didn’t miss. The visitors looked like a better team in the second frame – Andrei Migur and Ilya Badanin improved the lead to three goals.
In the final minute of the period Andrei Grishakov got in on a breakaway and sent it past Georgy Dubrovsky with a nice wrister. Early in the third stanza Togliatti brought it back to within one – Yegor Alexeyev one-timed it home. But that was all Ladiya could get in this one – Omskie Yastreby take it 3-2 on the road.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang played host to HC Kapitan Stupino in Harbin, China. All goals were scored in the third period of play. Stupino had the momentum and were outshooting the opposition but managed to get on the board only six minutes into the stanza with a powerplay tally – Denis Pyatkin got the marker. Four minutes later Alexei Zhilin improved the lead to 2-0. Chinese team pulled back to within a one goal differential as Ryan Riggs found his target. However, the ‘Dragons’ failed to force overtime in the remaining four minutes of regulation. Kapitan enjoy a 2-1 win in a hard-fought game.
Irbis Kazan defeated Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk 4-1 on home ice. 19-year-old forward Ruslan Akhmetvaliev took the stage in the opening period of play. Nine minutes in he opened up the scoring off a great passing play, while former Reaktor Nizhnekamsk Islam Khasanov and Razat Timirov picked up the helpers. Later in the period the same line got another goal and it was Akhmetvaliev’s second of the game.
Chelyabinsk won the second period as they scored the only goal to get back to within one – Grigory Nesvetayev found the back of the net. The marker turned out to be the only one Belye Medvedi would score all night. Three minutes into the next period Maxim Bykov improved Kazan’s lead to two goals once again, and then Danil Pyanov set the final score with an empty-netter in the final minute of regulation.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow defended the ice against Krylia Sovetov and lost in a hard-fought game. The visitors struck first – Yefim Mishkin sent one past Dmitry Lozebnikov just four minutes in. Right after that Valery Glebov got a 5-minute major and game misconduct for checking to the head. However, ‘Soviet Wings’ managed to kill off the long penalty. ‘Army men’ got back even only late in the second stanza – Grigory Bulatov scored on a counter-attack after Lozebnikov had made a flurry of saves.
And yet Krylia Sovetov walked away victorious. Three minutes into the third frame Yefim Mishkin scored his second of the game, while both teams were down a man. Late in regulation Artyom Melnikov had to make a few huge saves to keep his team in the lead and prevent Krasnaya Armiya from sending the game to overtime. Krylia Sovetov win 2-1 on the road.
HK Riga lost on home ice to Almaz Cherepovets by the most popular score of the day – 2-0. Leonid Klimov opened up the scoring seven minutes into the first period of play, while Artyom Markov and Yegor Zaplatnikov picked up the assists. Riga piled up a lot of penalties in the second frame and failed to bring it back to even. As for Cherepovets, they scored another one early in the third stanza. Same players connected on the play, although this time around it was Zaplatnikov who sent it in. A brawl broke out late in regulation but it didn’t help the home team to get anything past Konstantin Shostak. Almaz netminder stopped all 29 shots he had to face to earn a shutout.
Moscow rivalry game between JHC Dynamo and JHC Spartak featured even fewer goals. Dynamo spent more time in the offensive end in the opening period of play but both goaltenders were on top of their game. A mass brawl broke out in the second stanza, which ended with a whopping total of over 100 penalty minutes. The game cooled down in the third frame and the teams switched to playing hockey. The red-and-white had the momentum on their side and in the end won the game in overtime. Ilya Talaluyev got the only marker as he buried the rebound. Mikhail Semeneko took the initial shot. Spartak win a really tough game on the road 1-0 in overtime.