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Junior Hockey League regular season action resumed on October 29th after a 3-day break. Six matchups took place in the Eastern Conference and we take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Tolpar Ufa played hosts to Ladiya Togliatti and enjoyed a win in a hard-fought game. Togliatti got on the board just 16 minutes in as Konstantin Kukharev converted on Ladiya’s initial powerplay opportunity of the night. Home team made it a 1-1 hockey game just a minute later as Alexei Pustozyorov found the back of the net. Ufa dominated in the second period of play and as a result scored two unanswered goals – Gleb Letov and Pavel Sinyavsky got the markers.
Midway through the third stanza the visitors brought the gap back to within one. Just as Nikita Goloshapov returned to the ice after serving his minor penalty, Viktor Bashlayev let the red lamp behind Dmitry Braginsky. Late in regulation Togliatti’s coaching staff called timeout, but Yegor Dobrodum shoot his team in the foot as he got a minor penalty. Tolpar went on a powerplay and scored their fourth goal of the game – Ildar Abdeyev essentially put it out of reach. Ufa take it 4-2 on home ice.
Stalnye Lisy hosted Sputnik Almetyevsk in Magnitogorsk and there was just one goal scored in the game. Almetyevsk played extremely cautious brand of hockey and didn’t allow Magnitogorsk get a single tally. Sputnik goaltender Adel Minegaliev was the first star of the game as he ended up stopping 34 shots on net to earn a shutout win.
The only goal was scored by Ruslan Galimzyanov as he ripped one past Nikita Kamyshnikov 38 minutes into the game. Last minute of play proved to be very trying for the visitors. Not only Magnitogorsk pulled their netminder for the extra attacker but Kirill Lazarev sailed the puck over the glass into the standings and got a 2-minute minor for delay of game. However, Almetyevsk pulled through and got two points in the game against one of the top teams of the Eastern Conference.
The game in Ust-Kamenogorsk was a complete opposite than the matchup in Magnitogorsk. Altay defended the ice against Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk and the two engage in a shootout. The teams were tied 2-2 just 13 minutes in – Vladislav Rachinsky netted a pair, while Nikolai Mayorov and Daniil Tretiakovsky got one each for the home team. Second period of play fruited even more goals. German Shaporeyev and Denis Budenchuk put Kazakhstan team up 4-2. Alexander Tertyshny scored on a powerplay but Altay established a 5-3 lead before the intermission – Vladislav Shiryayev found his target.
42 minutes Altay scored again – Mayorov got his second of the night. Facing a 3-goal deficit Chelyabinsk grabbed the momentum and brought it back to even. First Maxim Shabanov and Alexander Abramov got a marker each just two minutes apart. And then late in regulation Kirill Koshurnikov jammed another one in after a flurry of rebounds to make it a 6-6 hockey game. However, Ust-Kamenogorsk still prevailed in overtime – Roman Yepishev scored the game-winning goal. Altay take it 7-6 in overtime in one of the most high-scoring games of the month.
Omskie Yastreby went on the road to Astana, Kazakhstan and defeated local Snezhnye Barsy 5-2. Omsk scored a goal in each of the opening two periods of play – Semyon Astashevsky and Roman Badanin beat Demid Yeremeyev. However, key events of the game took place in the third stanza. Just as Ilya Badanin improved the lead to 3-0 for the ‘Hawks’, Snezhnye Barsy turned the momentum around and brought the game back to within one – Artur Gatiyatov and Aidos Zhorabek got the markers. Nevertheless, home team failed to get any points in this one. With just a few minutes on the clock Kirill Kazakov netted Omskie Yastreby’s fourth goal, while Pavel Yelizarov set the final score with the empty-netter. Omskie Yastreby win 5-2 on the road.
Avto Yekaterinburg faced Irbis Kazan on home ice. The visitors, who had struggled defensively earlier in the season, played really smart in their end and didn’t let Yekaterinburg get anything past their goaltender Artur Akhtyamov. Irbis netminder brought his A-game to the table stopping all 34 shots he had to face. Irbis was the only team scoring that night.
Islam Khasanov opened up the scoring 13 minutes in. The forward stole the puck in the offensive end, got in on a breakaway and beat Vladimir Galkin. Kazan got their second marker of the game on a counter-attack in the third stanza – Razat Timirov scored off assists by Ruslan Akhmetvaliev and no other but Khasanov. Irbis could have won the game 3-0 but they hit the crossbar on the empty-netter attempt.
In the last game of the day Sarmaty Orenburg, who are desperate for points, faced Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, who had suffered a blowout loss to Mamonty Yugry last week. They had lost the second game of that back-to-back series as well, albeit in overtime. Home team capitalized on their initial powerplay opportunity of the night in this one. Dmitry Salvasser centered it from behind the net and the puck banked into the net off the goaltender’s pad.
After such an unfortunate bounce Nizhnekamsk took some time to recover. However, they did tie the game up again 44 minutes in – Timur Sharifyanov hammered it just inside the bar from a great shooting position. Regulation and overtime solved nothing and Nizhnekamsk went on to win the game in the shootout. Ilya Paranin scored the winner to get Reaktor the extra point.