Five regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on the first day of November spread out across both conferences. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Sibirskie Snaipery played hosts to Kuznetskie Medvedi for the second consecutive time. The visitors managed to snap their 4-game losing streak and enjoyed a win on the road in a hard-fought game. First goal of the game came in the second period of play – Dmitry Levashov put it in off assist by Nikita Plyonkin. Novokuznetsk went on to increase their lead to two goals as they scored another one while both teams were missing a player – this time former Avto Yekaterinburg forward Yuri Muravyov found the back of the net. Notably, Novosibirsk had as many shot attempts as Novokuznetsk in the second frame but only three of them made their way to their net.
Late in regulation home team pulled their goaltender for the extra-attacker and got back to within one – Daniil Lapin sent it past Stanislav Baryshnikov. There were still 50 seconds remaining on the clock and yet Sibirskie Snaipery failed to force overtime. The ‘Bears’ take it 2-1 on the road.
Stalnnye Lisy Magnitogorsk played hosts to Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, who have struggled lately. Four of the past Nizhnekamsk’s outings went to the shootout and in the other two games they allowed ten and more goals! This time it was such a stark contrast. Just 40 seconds into the opening period of play Yegor Spiridonov sent one past Ilnur Abdulkhakov. And then Danil Pyatin and Nikita Bashkirov further improved the lead for the home team.
Only after Pyatin scored his second of the night, the visitors managed to find the back of the net – Reaktor’s top-scorer Arsen Khisamutdinov converted on a breakaway chance. Reaktor got lucky eight minutes into the third stanza. Danil Mikhailov took a shot from behind the goal-line and the puck ricocheted into the net off Nikita Kamyshnikov. Nizhnekamsk could have brought the game back to within one but Vladislav Shutov hit the post. Stalnye Lisy held on to the 2-goal lead and finished the game with a 4-2 win.
The game between Avto Yekaterinburg and Ladiya Togliatti proved to be of a true playoff caliber. The teams failed to score in the first 40 minutes of play, even though home team had the momentum on their side. That was especially obvious in the second frame when Togliatti took just one shot at Vladimir Galkin. As for Ladiya’s netminder Artyom Zabrodin, he couldn’t save his teammates forever – eight minutes into the third stanza Alexander Derbenyov brought CEC Uralets fans to their feet. That goal turned out to be the only one in the game. Home team spent the remaining time mostly on offense and Togliatti failed to send the game to overtime.
Tyumensky Legion, who allowed 13 goals in the first outing of the back-to-back series against Mamonty Yugry, came out a very different team for Game 2. Despite conceding a quick goal – Artyom Karandeyev netted one just five minutes into the first period of play – the ‘Legion’ didn’t flinch as they did the day before and played very cautiously around their net, trying their best to contain the mighty offense of Khanty-Mansiysk. They were successful up to a point. Unfortunately, Tyumensky Legion also had to score goals themselves and that proved to be a problem.
Ilya Stupin, who has had a great season in goal for Mamonty Yugry, had no trouble stopping every shot he had to face. The ‘Mammoths’ finally got into the rhythm in the third stanza. Kirill Kozhevnikov made it 2-0 and then as often is the case with Khanty-Mansiysk, they started scoring in a bundle – Sergei Golodnyuk, Ivan Ezhov and Evgeny Timoshenko got a tally each. Karandeyev scored his second of the game and Mamonty Yugry enjoyed yet another blowout win. This time they took down Tyumensky Legion 6-0 on the road.
Russkie Vityazi from Chekhov, Moscow Region once again beat HC Kapitan Stupino on home ice. First goal of the game came 19 minutes into the opening period of play. Danila Moiseyev made a great pass to the far post for Dmitry Gavrilovich and he left no chance to Andrei Berezinsky. Midway through the second frame Russkie Vityazi improved their lead to 2-0 – Daniil Pylenkov gained the zone, burned past two defensemen and dropped it for Nikita Goncharov, who ripped it just inside the crossbar. Stupino managed to get a goal back in the third frame as Yuri Kozhukhov found the back of the net. However, Russkie Vityazi managed to hold on to the flimsy lead and once again edged a difficult opponent 2-1.