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November 3rd was a busy day in Junior Hockey League as 13 regular season games took place spread out across both conferences. We take a look at this giant gameday in this daily review on JHL official website.
First game of the day was the one between Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk and Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, who have struggled lately. Nizhnekamsk got off to a good start – just four minutes into the game Andrei Chivilev got in on a breakaway and sent it low past Alexei Schetilin. Second period of play featured balanced hockey but then Magnitogorsk managed to turn everything upside down as they scored three unanswered goals. Dmitry Sheshin received a great pass from Nikita Rozhkov and didn’t it let go to waste. Rozhkov got a marker of his own before the second intermission and then Bairas Abdullin chipped in another one to make it a 3-1 hockey game.
With three minutes remaining to play in regulation Artyom Golubovich dished over a great apple to Maxim Groshev who tapped it home backdoor to make it 4-2. However, Nizhnekamsk failed to pull off a comeback, even though Gleb Babintsev gave them a fair chance as he got a 2-minute minor. Home team killed off the penalty and then Rozhkov scored on the empty net. Right after that Arsen Khisamutdinov shoved an opponent into the boards, which caused a line brawl. Nizhnekamsk leader got a game-misconduct for that. Stalnye Lisy take it 5-2 on home ice.
Avto Yekaterinburg played hosts to Ladiya Togliatti. The visitors opened up the scoring in the first period of play – Ivan Agalakov found the back of the net. Early in the second frame Vitaly Solovyov’s men brought it back to even – Alexander Pavlenko scored off Semyon Perelyayev’s assist. The latter’s mistake had almost led to Togliatti’s second goal moments before that. Home team pulled ahead late in the period as Ilya Zakharov got a tally. The forward won the battle for the puck in the slot and hit the twine.
Late in regulation the visitors pulled their netminder for the extra attacker, went for one final push but failed to force overtime. Yekaterinburg also could have improved their lead but they missed the wide open 4-by-6 on a counter-attack. Avto defeat Ladiya by a narrow score – 2-1.
Tolpar Ufa, who had scored eight goals on Irbis Kazan, met a much more serious adversity in the second game of the back-to-back series. Despite being heavily outshot by Tolpar, Kazan looked just as good of a team and then they exploded in the third stanza. Just 54 seconds after puckdrop Airat Vildanov opened up the scoring, then Kirill Mukhin converted on a powerplay and five minutes later Danil Pyanov sent Dmitry Braginsky to the bench as he made it a 3-0 hockey game – Yuri Groshev went into the cage for Ufa.
Goaltender substitution didn’t affect the game at all. The visitors defended well, worked the clock and got a win. Netminder Artur Akhtyamov was spectacular for Irbis as he stopped all 27 shots he had to face to earn a shutout.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod continued their home stand against teams from Russia’s Far East as they faced Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk. First period of play featured balanced hockey. Khabarovsk had a 2-man advantage once but failed to convert on it. Second frame also ended with a tie but this time the teams found some scoring – Yegor Zalitov put Amurskie Tigry in the lead but Akim Kolomarov netted one for Nizhny Novgorod 34 minutes in to tie it up.
Third stanza events were identical to the second. Nikita Linnik gave the visitors their second lead of the game but Nizhny Novgorod got back even 52 minutes in as Evgeny Kazakevich found the back of the net. Overtime didn’t fruit any goals so the game went to the shootout, in which Amurskie Tigry prevailed. Evgeny Babushkin put an end to a 12-game losing streak.
Another team from Russia’s Far East, Taifun Primorie Region, visited Mytischi. Five minutes in home team opened up the scoring with a marker by Nikolai Tsaryov, who sent it past Vladislav Glazatov. History repeated itself in the second frame. The game was even but Moscow Region team got the only marker as they capitalized on their rare scoring chance – Sergei Dudkin got the tally 32 minutes in. Primorie Region had the situation under control in the third stanza but they trouble converting on their chances. Atlanty grinded their way to a win, while netminder Yegor Sinegubkin stopped all 35 shots he had to face to earn a shutout.
Dynamo Rivalry took place in St. Petersburg – local JHC Dynamo hosted their counterparts from Moscow. Home team got on the board with their initial shot of the game – Anton Vasiliev found the back of the net. Seven minutes later another Anton – Anton Nazarevich – improved the lead to 2-0. That was followed by Vasiliev scoring his second of the game, forcing Moscow coaching staff to swap Georgy Kuznetsov for Ivan Kulikov. The latter allowed a goal soon after that – Maxim Rogozin made it a 4-0 hockey game before the first intermission.
Moscow came back to life only after Pyotr Yakovlev made it 5-0 for St. Petersburg. Semyon Pankratov converted on a powerplay to put the visitors on the board. 33 minutes in Moscow capitalized on another powerplay opportunity – this time Vladislav Kazamanov found his target to bring it back to a 3-goal differential. Alexander Petrunin went on to make it 5-3 but Moscow still failed to pull off a comeback. Maxim Mikhailov scored on a powerplay to secure the win for St. Petersburg but Moscow had the last word in this one as Mark Katsevich set the final score at 6-4.
JHC Spartak Moscow played hosts to SKA-Varyagi. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play – Daniil Kalmykov put the visitors in the lead but Yegor Kravchenko brought it back to even with a snipe. Early in the second frame Kravchenko scored his second of the game to put the red-and-white in front. ‘Army men’ had a few powerplay opportunities but home team played well defensively and didn’t let the opposition get back even.
Early in the third stanza Spartak scored another one and again it was Kravchenko, who completed his hat-trick and essentially put it out of reach. SKA-Varyagi couldn’t find any scoring in the remainder of regulation, despite Moscow getting two minor penalties in a row.
HK Riga made their way to Setun to face Krylia Sovetov Moscow. Netminder Niklavs Rauza made a few huge saves for the Latvian team, including stopping Kirill Lyalin on a breakaway. Seven minutes in Renars Cipruss opened up the scoring with a fantastic backhand shot – the puck went past Artyom Melnikov just inside the crossbar. Moscow got back even as Alexander Kosobokov found the back of the net but HK Riga went to the dressing-room for the second intermission with a 1-goal lead as Richards Grinbergs got the tally.
Third period of play changed nothing on the scoreboard, even though ‘Soviet Wings’ were really close to finding the equalizer on several occasions. Vitaly Lebyodkin had the best scoring chance as he ringed it off the pipe on a beautiful solo dash. HK Riga protected their flimsy lead and got a narrow 2-1 win on the road.
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg hosted Krasnaya Armiya Moscow in a very exciting game. First goal of the matchup came early in the second frame. Mikhail Mescheryakov received the puck in the middle of the offensive end, dangled past the netminder and sent it into the wide open net. Home team made their own penalty work for them. They caught Krasnaya Armiya with a counter-attack, Vladimir Vasiliev blazed to the net for a breakaway and beat Vsevolod Skotnikov.
Maxim Sorkin put Moscow back in the lead with a marker in the last minute of the period, but St. Petersburg managed to turn things around in the final stanza. First Dmitry Semykin found his target with a shot from mid-range and then Pavel Koreshkov’s penalty led to SKA-1946 getting their third tally of the night – Daniil Shabarov sent it top-shelf on the short-side. That goal proved to be the game-winner. With this 3-2 win SKA-1946 stay on top of the Western Conference.
Snezhnye Barsy Astana played hosts to Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk in Kazakhstan and the first goal of the game is a certain candidate for the flukiest marker of the year. Home team was on a powerplay, the puck left Chelyabinsk’s end and went straight into the net at the other end of the ice. Goaltender Denis Karatayev left the goal for some reason and couldn’t get back in time even with a desperation lunge. Astana brought it back to even only in the second period – Batyrlan Muratov beat Sergei Mylnikov.
Third period of play featured a lot of penalties on both sides but none of them led to any goals. Mylnikov had more work to do than his counterpart Karatayev and the former finally let one in in overtime – Evgeny Shinkaretsky scored the winner for Snezhnye Barsy.
The game in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan ended with the same final score, although it went all the way to the shootout. Altay brought their fans to their feet in the opening period of play as Nikita Volosenkov sent it in with a gorgeous shot – the puck went bar down. After an even and scoreless second period of play Omskie Yastreby got back even in the third stanza. Chaos in front of Andrei Shutov led to Matvey Zaseda’s marker as he shovelled it in. Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to the shootout and the ‘Hawks’ prevailed. Ilya Badanin got the winner.
Almaz Cherepovets beat Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang on home ice. The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play as Kirill Kononov and Nikita Kolesnikov found the back of the net. However, Cherepovets dominated in the following stanza. Kolesnikov scored his second of the game, while Vladislav Nikolayev and Ivan Danch got a marker each. Kolesnikov went on to score two more in the third frame to wrap up his 4-tally night. Chinese time managed to eke out only one more goal by Mikhail Abramov. Almaz enjoy a solid 6-2 win on home ice.
Sputnik Almetyevsk beat Sarmaty in Orenburg in the final game of the day. Home team opened up the scoring in the first period of play as Nikita Gerasin netted a quick one. However, Almetyevsk was the only team scoring after that. Linar Karimov tied it up in the second frame and then Sputnik scored three unanswered goals in the third stanza. Aidar Galimov scored a pair and Ainur Vadigullin chipped in one as well. Sarmaty took just two shots in the final period on Adel Minegaliev and lost the game 4-1.