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Last week of fall kicks off with ten games. The winter is right around the corner but it’s still going to be rather hot on the ice. We take a look at all of the day’s games in this daily review on Junior Hockey League official website.
The game between two teams with currently the worst records in the Eastern Conference, featured a great goaltending battle – Yan Sinkevich and Andrei Shutov stopped 37 shots each and gave up just a goal each as well. Sergei Yudin put the home team on the board in the opening period of play as he buried the rebound and early in the second frame Nikolai Mayorov brought it all back to even as he beat Sinkevich on a breakaway.
There were no good scoring chances in overtime and goaltenders shined in the shootout as well – the teams managed to score on just one out of ten attempts. Yan Sinkevich didn’t let an Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk get anything past him, while Vladislav Nurek, who got the nod for the final part of the game from head-coach Alexander Artemenko, couldn’t stop Yegor Vernigor, who thus won it for Kuznetskie Medvedi.
The teams played an even game with a lot of physical battles and just a few good scoring chances. However, both goaltenders had a lot of work to do as they combined for a total of 68 shots. Demid Yeremeyev had to face a few more than his counterpart as he finished the game with 39 saves.
Both teams managed to find the back of the net just once in regulation – Daniil Davydov put home team in the lead in the opening period of play, while Dmitry Mitenkov converted on a powerplay shortly after the first intermission.
The game was just 48 seconds away from going to the shootout when Makar Nikishanin won the battle for the puck against two opponents and passed it to Daniil Lapin, who managed to take a shot off before getting hit by Kazakhstan team’s defenseman. The puck went top-shelf past Yeremeyev, while the scorer took a long time to get up from the ice. With this win, Sibirskie Snaipery improve their overtime record as they had won just once in the extra period out of the four previous games. Novosibirsk are now sixth in the Eastern Conference, while Snezhnye Barsy Astana see their 5-game winning streak come to an end. However, they remain fourth in the conference.
On the eve of the second game of the back-to-back series against Chayka Nizhny Novgorod SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg saw departure of three of their players. Second line forwards Nikita Vaschenko and Alexander Gordin along with goaltender Yaroslav Askarov, who had posted his third career shutout win the day before, were called up to U18 Team Russia’s camp for the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.
Despite these losses, the visitors established a comfortable lead already in the opening period of play – it took Denis Kuyanov just over seven minutes to score twice.
Chayka managed to grab the momentum in the second frame. First Nizhny Novgorod hit a goal-post and then sent one past Dmitry Nikolayev – Vadim Shepelev finished off a passing play to convert on a 2-man advantage, while SKA-Varyagi had Yuri Gornushechkin and Anton Shokhov in the penalty box.
Home team still failed to find the equalizer, even though late in regulation St. Petersburg gave them a great chance as Grigory Gryaznov got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct. Nizhny Novgorod spent five minutes on a powerplay, called timeout and pulled Kirill Kozhokar for the extra-attacker but all to no avail. Alexei Polodyan went on to improve the lead to 3-1 – the goal was counted after a lengthy video review. Denis Kuyanov set the final score as he completed his hat-trick and SKA-Varyagi enjoyed a 4-1 win on the road.
Just as most of the games this day in the Eastern Conference, the one held in Khanty-Mansiysk didn’t provide the fans with a lot of goals. First tally of the matchup came only late in the second period of play – Kirill Kozhevnikov sent one past Georgy Romanov.
Key events of the game took place in the third stanza. Pavel Yelizarov brought it back to even but the visitors failed to gain any points in this one. With four minutes remaining on the clock in regulation Omskie Yastreby rookie German Voloshin got a minor and Makar Vaulin converted on the ensuing powerplay. The ‘Hawks’ also suffered from Vladislav Vlasov, who got a total of 32 penalty minutes on a play for roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct and yelling at the officials. Notably, Mamonty Yugry didn’t get a single penalty in the game. With this win Khanty-Mansiysk are now just one point behind Avto Yekaterinburg, who currently top the Eastern Conference. However, the ‘Mammoths’ have five games in hand.
Both teams created good scoring chances in the opening period of play but only the visitors found the back of the net – with 15 seconds remaining on the clock Denis Komkov sent one past Artur Mustafin. Allow such a late goal didn’t discourage Sarmaty Orenburg. They continued to look for offensive opportunities in the next period and Ivan Ukolov scored twice, putting Orenburg in the lead, which was later followed by Igor Novikov, who increased it to 3-1.
Last minutes of the game looked like a true detective – Irbis Kazan gave chase, outshot the opposition 37-to-26 and brought the gap back to within one twice. However, Sarmaty restored the 2-goal margin every time. Perhaps, Ivan Timashev’s shorthanded tally was key. With this win Sarmaty edge Irbis from the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Тyumen enjoyed a great game – the least-scoring team of the Eastern Conference got a blowout win over Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk as they scored five goals, three of which were past Viktor Selivyorstov. The other two were empty-netters. ‘Polar Bears’ leveled the game twice but they couldn’t find an answer for Andrei Kovalenko’s tally midway through the third period. Nikolai Dryomin shined in net and Chelyabinsk’s final push didn’t change anything. To Maxim Smelnitsky’s men’s credit they didn’t give up even after allowing the two empty-netters and pulled Selivyorstov for the third time as well.
Belye Medvedi once again failed to get a win on the road. Chelyabinsk have found success only in 5 out of 17 away games.
Just as the day before, the visitors gave up the momentum to Russkie Vityazi. It looks like Vladimir Tyurikov’s men are still recovering from their long flight delays on the way back from China. JHC Spartak Moscow allowed two goals in each of the opening two periods of play. The tendency continued even after the red-and-white swapped Andrei Skovronsky for Dmitry Kulikov.
The visitors kept themselves in the game only in the first 40 minutes of play. Maxim Bents’ team had a 1-goal lead heading into the second intermission, but then Nikita Goncharov and Pavel Kryl got a tally each in the third stanza and that secured the win for Russkie Vityazi.
While JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg outshot the opposition the day before but won only by a narrow margin, Viktor Belyakov’s men definitely worked on capitalizing on their scoring chances. Dynamo scored on their every tenth shot out of 60 against Paris O’Brien. Top-scorer of the league Anton Vasiliev got a pair of tallies in the opening period of play and then Kirill Andreyev chipped in one more. Maxim Mikhailov, who had received a game-misconduct for fighting the day before, scored twice in the second frame. The ‘Dragons’ failed to give St. Petersbug a run for their money as only Hans Hagen and Ilya Orlov got a tally each.
With this win JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg are now tied with SKA-1946 St. Petersburg for second place in the Western Conference. Notably, ‘army men’ have played four more games.
The teams spent the first ten minutes of play trading powerplay opportunities. However, they didn’t manage to convert on either of the 12 penalties. HC Kapitan Stupino, encouraged by their win the day before, quickly found an answer to Ildar Kashafetdinov’s marker and then grabbed the lead early in the second frame. The visitors got back even 20 minutes later as they found the back of the net just 24 seconds after the puck dropped in the third stanza.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow went on to win in overtime. This was their fourth win in five overtimes this season and with it they bounced back from losing in the shootout the day before.
Once again the teams combined for six goals in regulation but unlike in the game the day before, goaltenders split the total equally. The visitors got off to a bad start. Atlanty Moscow Region scored twice past Niklavs Rauza. However, Latvian team turned things around in the second frame as not only they brought it back to even but also got in the lead.
Sergei Dudkin’s marker forced overtime. Riga had a chance to win it as they got one past Yegor Sinegubkin, but the officials waved the goal off after a video review.
HK Riga hasn’t won a single in post-regulation this season. The shootout wasn’t an exception. Sinegubkin stopped the visitors on four attempts, while Rauza couldn’t do anything against Nikita Miller and Dmitry Silantyev. Riga leave Mytsichi with one point out of the possible four.