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11 regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League in the last day of October. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Russkie Vityazi and HC Kapitan Stupino hit the ice first this time in a Western Conference matchup. Chekhov opened up the scoring 17 minutes in as Dmitry Zaitsev stole the puck from Daniil Surkanov at his own blue line, got in on a breakaway and delivered. Early in the second period home team improved its lead to 2-0 as Nikita Goncharov found the back of the net. However, Stupino engaged in pursuit and managed to tie it up. Midway through the period Vasily Narzyayev found his target and early in the third stanza Daniil Tyutchev scored another one.
And yet it was still the home team that walked away victorious. 54 minutes in Mark Verba threw the puck to the slot as he picked it up on the rebound and Grigory Khrapsky redirected it home. With this 3-2 win Russkie Vityazi surpass Kapitan in Western Conference standings.
Sibirskie Snaipery defended the ice against Kuznetskie Medvedi and as often is the case when these two meet each other, they scored quite a few goals. Novosibirsk struck twice in the opening period of play – Danila Dabydov and Makar Nikishanin got the markers. The visitors answered with a solo tally by Danila Kolodko. Early in the second frame Gafar Satarov brought the game back to even with a powerplay goal. However, home team netted two in a row after that, forcing Kuznetskie Medvedi’s coaching staff to replace Yan Sinkevich by Stanislav Baryshnikov between the pipes.
‘Snipers’ scored on him in the very next minute – Georgy Yurov improved the lead to 5-2 and that goal was the last in this one. Third period of play featured scoring chances at both ends of the ice but Novokuznetsk couldn’t catch up to Sibirskie Snaipery on the board.
Snezhnye Barsy Astana faced Omskie Yastreby on home ice and enjoyed a win in a hard-fought game by the final score of 2-1. Omsk took almost three times as many shots as the opposition in the first period of play but managed to get on the board only early in the second frame – Yegor Chinakhov found the back of the net. 28 minutes in Astana converted on one of their rare scoring chances to bring the game back to even. Early in the third stanza a mass brawl broke out on the ice and it seemed to have fired up Snezhnye Barsy. Home team went on a powerplay and Kirill Polokhov scored the game-winning goal. Astana snap their 2-game losing streak as they take it 2-1 on home ice.
Tyumensky Legion faced Mamonty Yugry on home ice and got to see the full potential of the visitors’ offensive. Khanty-Mansiysk are used to score a lot and this game with no exception. Not by a mile. Ilya Gorshkov scored on the ‘Mammoths’ in the opening period of play but they had been up 2-0 at the point as Ivan Savchik and Insaf Galeyev had found the back of the net. Evgeny Timoshenko and Alexander Belyayev chipped in one tally each before the intermission to make it 4-1.
Second frame featured just as many goals. Mamonty Yugry netted four again, while the ‘Legion’ answered just once. Belyayev and Galeyev got their second of the game each, while Kirill Kozhevnikov and Ilya Loza added two more markers. That beating didn’t stop there. Belyayev went on to enjoy a 4-goal night, while Vladislav Boldin netted two of his own. In the end Mamonty Yugry won by a whopping total 13-2. It is the highest goal differential of the season.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod once again played hosts to Taifun Primorie Region. Nizhny Novgorod played very well defensively, having learned their lesson from the game the day before, in which they let the opposition bring the game to the shootout and lost in the end. Home team scored twice in the opening period of play – Denis Pochivalov and Danila Platonov got the tallies. Second frame featured no goals and a really dirty play by Semyon Barinov who got a game misconduct for checking to the head.
Nikita Moiseyev set the final score 11 minutes into the third stanza as he converted on a powerplay – Taifun had gotten a bench minor as they were caught with too many men on the ice. Chayka take it 3-0 on home ice, while Kirill Kozhokar earns a shutout with 16 saves.
Another hard-fought game was between JHC Spartak Moscow and HK Riga. Latvian team scored a goal in each of the first two periods past Andrei Skovronsky. Denis Fjodorovs got the first tally as he found the back of the net in the final minute of the frame and then Antons Trastasenkovs capitalized on a powerplay seven minutes into the second stanza. The red-and-white couldn’t get anything past Niklavs Rauza that night. Latvian netminder stopped all 28 shots he had to face to earn a shutout. Spartak had the momentum on their side in the third period and created several good scoring chances but it changed nothing on the board.
Loko Yaroslavl continued their home stand with a second game of the back-to-back series against Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang of China. Just as the night before, defending Kharlamov Cup champions scored a quick goal – Yegor Manin played give-and-go with Mikhail Smirnov and the latter ripped it home. Seven minutes into the second frame the ‘railway men’ got another one past Paris O’Brien. This time Mikhail Belyayev received a pass from the end-boards and sent it just inside the crossbar.
Alexander Dariyn got another one in right off a won face-off in the offensive end, while just two minutes into the third stanza Nikita Zhukov improved Yaroslavl’s lead to 5-0 as Loko caught the opposition with a counter-attack. In the final minutes of regulation Mikhail Smirnov scored his second of the game to seal the deal. Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang lose 6-0 and leave Yaroslavl with no points.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg faced Krasnaya Armiya Moscow in SC Yubileyny. First period of play featured fast-paced hockey with a lot of shots at both ends of the ice. Krasnaya Armiya converted one of them into a goal as captain Lev Komissarov capitalized on a powerplay. The visitors had the momentum in the second frame but that changed nothing on the scoreboard. Dynamo swung the momentum in the third stanza, forced Krasnaya Armiya take a few penalties but failed to bring the game to overtime. Mikhail Mescheryakov could have improved the lead for Moscow but Makar Chufarov did the splits to keep it out. As for Dmitry Lozebnikov, he earned a shutout win with 33 saves.
Atlanty Moscow Region faced Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk on their home ice in Mytischi. Late in the opening period of play Artyom Shakirov sent one past Grigory Kolupayev but that goal didn’t bring the ‘Tigers’ down. Alexander Gopiyenko leveled it just a few shifts into the second frame. 38 minutes in Moscow Region pulled ahead once again as Pavel Dyomin found the back of the net. A brawl broke out right after that which ended with Yuri Kramarenko getting a game misconduct.
Home team put even more pressure on and scored two unanswered goals on Khabarovsk – Sergei Goncharuk and Evgeny Pogonchenkov got the tallies. Amurskie Tigry lose again. This time 4-1 on the road.
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg hosted JHC Dynamo Moscow. With fresh memories of their loss the day before, home team did everything they could to get revenge. ‘Army men’ scored two goals past Georgy Kuznetsov in the opening period of play. They came just a few minutes apart as Dmitry Semykin and Vladimir Vasiliev got the markers. It took Dynamo just a couple of minutes to bring the game back to even in the second frame – Valentin Nikonorov sent it upstairs, while Mark Katsevich stole the puck on the forecheck and put it past Maxim Gibadullin.
Five minutes into the third stanza Semykin scored his second of the game, putting SKA-1946 back in the lead. Key events took place late in regulation. First Anton Bogatsky improved St. Petersburg’s lead to 4-2 but with five minutes till the final buzzer Anton Kosolapov brought it back to within one. However, that was as close as Dynamo could get in this one. SKA-1946 take it 4-3 on home ice.
In the last game of the day Krylia Sovetov Moscow played hosts to SKA-Varyagi. The teams engaged in fast-paced hockey in the opening period of play but it didn’t lead to any goals. Second frame featured the same scenario. Notably, goaltender Dmitry Nikolayev had to pull off a save with his mask on one play to stop Dayan Yavgareyev’s shot. Four minutes into the third stanza SKA-Varyagi finally got what they wanted. Ilya Altybarmakyan, who’s becoming a real expert on Krylia Sovetov, scored the essential game-winning goal. It was no other but Altybarmakyan who scored twice on ‘Soviet Wings’ the day before to help his team get two points. This time SKA-Varyagi enjoy a modest 1-0 win in Setun.