Seven regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on October 25th. Teams from both conferences hit the ice before the upcoming 3-day break. First two games in Russia’s Far East ended with the same score and the visitors prevailed in both of them. We take a look at all of the games in this daily review on JHL official website.
Taifun Primorie Region had a great first period of play against SKA-1946 St. Petersburg. Home team took just four shots on net but two of them hit the target – first Pavel Yelizarov found the back of the net and four minutes later Nikita Malmygin sent another one past Nikita Lysenkov. Last year’s runners-up had the momentum on their side and were heavily outshooting the opposition. They finally managed to convert it into three goals in the second frame. Dmitry Ovechkin, Vladislav Tsitsyura and Anton Bogatsky got a marker each in a span of six minutes.
Alexander Savchenkov’s men played with a cool head in the third stanza and grinded the clock till the final buzzer. Daniil Shabarov set the final score six minutes into the period. ‘Army men’ wrap up their trip to Russia’s Far East with a maximum number of points, while Taifun lose their 11th consecutive game.
The game in Khabarovsk ended with the same final score and once again it was the visiting team that got two points as JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg defeated local Amurskie Tigry. Just like SKA-1946, Dynamo lost the opening period of play as well. Ivan Belyakov and Evgeny Babushkin scored for the ‘Tigers’, while the St. Petersburg got a marker from Maxim Rogozin. However, just as Taifun, Khabarovsk couldn’t find the back of the net in the following 40 minutes.
In the last few moments of the second frame Dynamo brought the game back to even again – Bogdan Zhilyakov converted on a powerplay. Top players on the visiting team took the stage in the third stanza. 23 seconds after the puckdrop Alexander Zhabreyev gave Dynamo their first lead of the game – the goal counted after video review, which confirmed that the puck had crossed the line. Maxim Mikhailov secured the win late in regulation – notably, his goal also had to be video reviewed. It counted in the end and JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg followed SKA-1946’s success with a 4-2 win of their own.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang played hosts to HC Kapitan Stupino in the second game of the back-to-back series. The game turned out to be a high-scoring affair, in which the visitors prevailed. Just as the day before, Stupino won by just one goal. The teams traded tallies in the opening period of play – Amir Garayev netted one for Kapitan, while Andrei Lyu-Kay-Syu scored for the ‘Dragons’. Second frame featured only penalties and key events took place in the third stanza.
Early into it Kapitan exploded with three goals in a span of three minutes – a scoring rate anybody would be jealous of. Daniil Popov, Georgy Merkulov and Ilya Kuznetsov got one each past Paris O’Brien. The Chinese side engaged in pursuit and almost caught up to Kapitan on the scoreboard – Yaroslav Yakovenko and Artyom Lobanov found the back of the net and made it 4-3. There were still eight minutes to be played in regulation time but Kunlun failed to force overtime, even though they could have beat Arseny Akhmetov on several occasions.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow hosted Krylia Sovetov again and obviously wanted to get their revenge for losing the day before. The teams engaged in a fast-paced hockey in the opening period of play and it was ‘Red Army’ that converted better on their scoring chances. Nikita Dolgopyatov got on the board eight minutes in, while Maxim Sorkin skillfully tipped Danila Khulapov’s shot several shifts later.
‘Soviet Wings’ turned the game around in the second frame. In a span of three minutes Dayan Yavgareyev and Ildar Kashafetdinov brought it back to even. Notably, Yavgareyev celebrated his initial goal of the year. The rest of the period featured a lot of penalties, most of which were taken by the visitors, who combined for a total of 20 minutes over the stretch. ‘Army men’ had the momentum on their side in the third stanza but that changed nothing on the scoreboard. The game went to overtime and Krylia Sovetov scored the winner – Yefim Mishkin sent it just inside the crossbar and beat Dmitry Lozebnikov. Looks like Mishkin has got Krasnaya Armiya’s number – the day before he scored a pair against the red-and-blue and that proved to be the difference. With this 3-2 overtime win Krylia Sovetov leave CSKA Ice Sports Palace with a maximum of four points.
HK Riga once again played hosts to Almaz Cherepovets. The visitors created more scoring chances in the opening period, while Latvian team took just four shots on Dmitry Shugayev but neither of them were able to find the back of the net. Cherepovets finally got on the board five minutes into the second frame. Just a few seconds past the halfway mark of the stanza 17-year-old defenseman Ivan Rogov scored his first career Junior Hockey League goal past Niklavs Rauza. That marker proved to be the game-winner because Riga failed to find any scoring. Leonid Klimov set the final score early in the third period. Almaz went on to win the game 2-0 as Shugayev stopped all 28 shots he had to face for a shutout.
Loko Yaroslavl continued their back-to-back series against SKA-Varyagi in St. Petersburg. The start of the game turned out to be very eventful as the score was 2-2 just ten minutes in. The visitors took the lead twice as Alexander Dariyn and Anton Malyshev found the back of the net. Home team managed to tie it up again rather quickly on both occasions – Daniil Kalmykov and Alexander Katayev got the markers. The game followed a similar scenario in the first half of the second period. ‘Railway men’ once again grabbed the lead as Nikita Zhukov found his target but SKA-1946 brought it back to even with Ilya Altybarmakyan’s tally.
The visitors dominated in the following minutes of the period. Vladislav Chervonenko ended his goal-drought that had lasted for a few games and 90 seconds later Ilya Nikolayev got another one in for Loko. Late in the period Igor Zenchikov improved the lead to 6-3 for Yaroslavl. In the third stanza Loko made sure they were going to leave the ice with a blowout win – Nikolayev scored his second of the game, while Maxim Denezhkin chipped in one more. Loko take it 8-3 on the road.
Last game of the day was Part II of the back-to-back series between JHC Dynamo and JHC Spartak Moscow. The day before there was no goals in regulation or overtime, but this time the teams weren’t so harsh on the fans. Spartak got on the board four minutes in – Alexander Avksentyev beat Ivan Kulikov. The red-and-white dominated in the second period as they scored three more unanswered goals. Avksentyev scored his second of the night, while Ivan Klepko and Yegor Kuzmenko chipped in one each. Both of their markers came in on a powerplay.
Ruslan Novruzov set the final score in the last minute of regulation. JHC Spartak Moscow enjoy a blowout 5-0 win in a rivalry game, while goaltender Andrei Skovronsky stopped all 34 shots he had to face for a shutout.