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October 30th was a very busy day in Junior Hockey League. As many as 12 games were spread out across both conferences. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk were the first two teams to hit the ice. While they engaged in a high-scoring shootout the day before, this time Chelybainsk was the only that was filling the net. Ust-Kamenogorsk had some serious troubles up front as they failed to get even a single goal past Viktor Selivyorstov. Yegor Stepanov got the only marker in the opening period of play, but that was followed by four unanswered goals in the second. In a span of seven minutes Demid Mansurov, Maxim Shabanov and Danil Mokrushev found the back of the net.
Alexander Yakovlev improved Belye Medvedi’s lead to 5-0 right before the second intermission. Chelyabinsk added two more tallies in the final stanza – Ilya Gatiyatullin and Grigory Nesvetayev found their targets and set the final score. Midway through the frame a fight broke out on the ice. Selivyorstov earned a shutout with just 19 saves.
The games between JHC Spartak Moscow and HK Riga often turn out to be very close and this one was no exception. It is sufficing to say that there was no scoring through the opening 40 minutes of play, while the teams were almost even on the shotclock as well – HK Riga led only 20-19. Latvian team finally broke the deadlock only early in the third stanza as they capitalized on Yegor Kravchenko’s minor penalty that has spilled over from the previous frame. Pauls Svars found the back of the net.
However, HK Riga failed to protect their lead. After wasting several good scoring chances, Spartak got one past Niklavs Rauza – Sergei Kuznetsov got the tally. Game officials had to review the play but it counted in the end. The red-and-white finished the job in overtime. It took them just two shots to do that – Mikhail Shalagin scored the winner and got the extra point for the home team.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, who had lost the day before to Sputnik Almetyevsk with a soccer-like 1-0 score, came out hard for the second game of the back-to-back series, eyeing their revenge. It all started well for them as Pavel Dorofeyev put ‘Steel Foxes’ in the lead 13 minutes in. Late in the period Dorofeyev scored his second of the game as he buried the rebound after Kirill Zotov’s initial shot. Almetyevsk found scoring in the second frame – in a span of ten minutes Vyacheslav Kolesnikov and Andrei Sholgin got a tally each to bring the game back to even.
Sholgin then went on to score his second of the night, which gave Sputnik a 1-goal lead heading into the third stanza. Magnitogorsk leveled it on the scoreboard again. Notably, they did it with a shorthanded marker. Goaltender Adel Minegaliev decided to go for a risky play, coughed up the puck and Danil Pyatin sent it home. However, Almetyevsk did get two points in the game, even though they had to go to overtime and consequently the shootout to do that. Timur Zakirov scored the winner.
Tolpar Ufa played hosts to Ladiya Togliatti and they enjoyed another win – this time by a 3-goal differential. Alexander Oskin opened up the scoring in the first period of play and then Tolpar dominated in the second frame, converting that momentum into three unanswered goals – Pavel Sinyavsky, Anton Pachin and Vladimir Yershov got the markers. Ladiya swapped Artyom Zarodin for Ruslan Yalbuyev in goal and that shook them up a little bit. Early in the third stanza Togliatti scored twice – Yevgeny Groshev and Semyon Zhuravlyov found the back of the net.
However, Ladiya failed to pull off a comeback. Lack of discipline was one of the key factors in that – the visitors got a string of unnecessary penalties, and Anton Pachin converted on one of the ensuing powerplays in the last minute of regulation to set the final score. With this 5-2 win Tolpar wrap the series against Ladiya. Ufa got a maximum of four points.
Avto faced Irbis Kazan on home ice in Yekaterinburg for the second game of the back-to-back series. Kazan won the day before as they scored two unanswered goals. This time around it took the teams a while to get on the board. Goaltender Artur Akhtyamov once again shone between the pipes for the visitors. In the opening 40 minutes alone he stopped 26 shots. His counterpart Vladimir Sartakov also had his plate full. Yekaterinburg pushed really hard late in the second period of play but that was all in vain.
Vladimir Solovyov’s men got what they were looking for only late in the third stanza. Artyom Belotsky hit the post of Akhtyamov’s net but Maxim Sedov pounced on the rebound and brought local fans to their feet as he scored the game-winning goal for Yekaterinburg. Home team could have expanded their lead to tow goals late in regulation but they failed to convert on a 3-on-2 rush.
After losing in the shootout in the first game of the back-to-back series with Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, Sarmaty Orenburg appeared as very focused team in Game 2. Most importantly, Sarmaty were able to adjust their game offensively, which has been an area where their problems stemmed from this season. Nizhnekamsk won the opening period of play as they scored twice – Maxim Polkin and Alexei Puzanov got the markers. However, home team bounced back in the second stanza as they scored four goals in three minutes – Oskar Yulbarisov got a pair, while Dmitry Salvasser and Ivan Kurov chipped in one each.
Only after Danil Malakhov scored Sarmaty’s fifth goal, the visitors managed to eke out a tally by Arsen Khisamutdinov. Sarmaty got wind in their sails and continued to fill the net in the final period. Yulbarisov completed his hat-trick, while Daniil Sokolka improved the lead to 7-3. There was no stopping Sarmaty after that. Salvasser got a hat-trick as well, Kurov scored his second of the game and Ivan Ukolov set the final score. Reaktor lose by a daunting final score of 11-3.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod crossed sticks with Taifun Primorie Region. Key events of the game took place in the first period of play. The visitors got caught with too many men on the ice six minutes in and Nizhny Novgorod converted on the ensuing powerplay – Artyom Chayka got the marker. A little later Andrei Bednyakov got an even-strength marker, to which Taifun answered with a snipe by Ilya Dragun.
Second period featured no goals. It looked like Vyacheslav Ryanov’s men were going to grind their way to the win in regulation but then Evgeny Kazakevich got an unnecessary penalty and Nikita Ivashkin tied the game up in the last minute with a powerplay marker. Overtime solved nothing so the game went to the shootout. Taifun scored on three attempts, while Nizhny Novgorod were successful only once.
Defending Kharlamov Cup champions Loko Yaroslavl opened their long home stand with a game against Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang. Home got on the board with their initial shot of the night – Roman Bychkov scored for the ‘railway men’. It looked as if Loko would barrage the Chinese side with more tallies right after that but instead they got their next goal only midway through the second period of play. This time around Igor Zenchikov finished off a long play as he sent it past Paris O’Brien.
Exactly 30 seconds later Yegor Domrachev wonderfully tipped Ilya Nikolayev’s point shot.
The visitors did get one past Daniil Isayev as well. They couldn’t score off the rush but when the puck bounced to the slot, Mikhail Abramov beat the goaltender, who was already down on the ice. Nikita Zhukov set the final score as he hammered it home from the area in front of the net to convert on a powerplay. Loko take it 4-1 on home ice.
One of the most exciting games of the day took place in SC Yubileyny in St. Petersburg where JHC Dynamo played hosts to Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. ‘Army men’ absolutely dominated in the first period of play and converted that advantage into three unanswered goals past Nikita Maslennikov – Vladimir Kapkin, Kirill Goloschapov and Mikhail Mescheryakov got the markers.
Dynamo began clawing their way back up in the second frame. Just five minutes into it they brought the game back to within one. First Pavel Rotenberg literally shoved the puck into the net along with goaltender Vsevolod Skotnikov and then Alexander Zhabreyev converted on a 2-on-1 rush. Dynamo completed their comeback 13 minutes into the third stanza - Yegor Anisimov found his target with a backhand shot to make it a 3-3 hockey game. There was no more scoring in regulation or overtime and it went to the shootout. ‘Army men’ prevailed in that feat as Nikita Dolgopyatov scored the winner.
Atlanty Moscow Region faced Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk in Mytischi. The visitors looked like a better team in the opening 20 minutes of play but as often in the case this season they got scored on first. Late in the second frame Damir Bilyalov sent one past Grigory Kolupayev. Second goal of the game came 52 minutes and once again it was the home side that got it. This time around Dmitry Silantyev found the back of the net off a great dish by Ivan Komarovsky. Goaltender Yegor Sinegubkin stopped all 37 shots he had to face to get a shutout as Atlanty won 2-0 on home ice.
In another battle between Moscow and St. Petersburg teams SKA-1946 played hosts to JHC Dynamo from the capital. The fans weren’t treated to any goals in the opening period of play but then the teams got down to business in the second frame. ‘Army men’ struck first as Anton Bogatsky found the back of the net but just four minutes later Alexander Petrunin brought the game back to even. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission with St. Petersburg leading 2-1 – Artyom Zhuk put SKA-1946 back in front with a shorthanded tally.
Dynamo escaped losing in regulation as they found the equalizer with nine minutes on the clock. ‘Army men’ called timeout to calm down but it didn’t help as Denis Tolpegin sent one past Nikita Lysenkov. Extra period of play solved nothing and the game went to the shootout, in which Moscow had the upper hand.
In the last game of the day Krylia Sovetov played hosts to SKA-Varyagi in Setun. Both teams battled evenly in the opening period and there was just one goal scored – Ilya Altybarmakyan got one in just before the first intermission. ‘Soviet Wings’ got back even in the second frame – Alexander Nikishin converted on a powerplay. Key event of the game took place 56 minutes in as Altybarmakyan scored his second of the night, which proved to be the game-winner. Moscow’s coaching staff called timeout and pulled their netminder for the extra-attacker but Lev Berdichevsky’s men stood their ground and protected the flimsy lead to get two points on the road.