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Seven regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on November 28th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow enjoyed another win over Taifun Primorie Region. ‘Army men’ blanked the opposition for the second consecutive time and they also increased their goal total by two more goals compared to what they had the day before. The visitors got their first tally of the game in the opening period of play after they had killed off a 2-minute minor. Vladimir Miroshnichenko got out of the penalty box and Maxim Sorkin scored just a minute later. Second period featured a lot of penalties – especially in the beginning – and Krasnaya Armiya used it to their advantage.
Midway through the frame Taifun got a minor penalty almost right after another one, which is something extremely unwise to do when facing the red-and-blue. Nikita Dolgopyatov added another point in the case as he improved the visitors’ lead to 2-0. Yegor Korbit went on to score the third goal – it come with just four minutes remaining to play in regulation and thus put an end to Primorie Region’s hopes of getting a comeback. Goaltender Konstantin Kozhanov got his second consecutive shutout win as he stopped all 16 shots he had to face.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played hosts to JHC Dynamo Moscow. The ‘Tigers’ enjoyed another win and as they defeated the blue-and-white in the shootout again. Khabarovsk managed to convert on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Valentin Nikonorov was sent to the penalty box for tripping and Ivan Belyakov converted on the ensuing man-advantage. That was followed by Amurskie Tigry getting a string of penalties as they piled up just eight minors in the opening period of play alone. However, Moscow brought the game back to even only midway through the second frame. Notably, their marker also came with on the man-advantage.
Ironically, the blue-and-white converted on Belyakov’s penalty as Maxim Chuvilov found the back of the net. Nothing changed on the scoreboard after that in regulation, even though Amurskie Tigry had plenty of chances to do it. Overtime solved nothing either and the game went to the shootout, in which Khabarovsk had the upper hand. Nikita Linnik scored the winner.
Avto Yekaterinburg defended the ice against Tolpar Ufa. The teams are second and third respectively in Eastern Conference standings. Ufa needed to win the game in regulation to edge Yekaterinburg from their place. The visitors had the momentum on their side in the opening period of play and they managed to convert it into one goal – Nikita Goloshapov sniped it low-shelf with a mighty shot from the blue line. Goaltender Vladimir Galkin was screened on the play and didn’t see the shot.
Tolpar scored two more goals in the second frame – Vladimir Bakanin converted on the only powerplay opportunity of the period and then Pavel Sinyavsky got another one in midway through it. Yekaterinburg got a ray of hope 57 minutes into the game as they got one in over the goal line but officials have determined after video review that the puck was kicked into the net. Tolpar went on to win the game 3-0, while Yuri Groshev earned a shutout as he stopped all 22 shots he had to face.
Sputnik Almetyevsk faced Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. The teams are neighbors in the standings. Moreover, they are seventh and eighth respectively in the Eastern Conference, which added extra meaning to the game. Almetyevsk got on the board four minutes in – Daniil Melnikov sent it top-shelf with a great backhand shot. Nizhnekamsk answered with a tally by Danil Mikhailov, who cashed in on a penalty shot. Home team got their lead back with just three minutes remaining to play in the second period – Artyom Onishko found the back of the net after a string of penalties and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission as Sputnik had a 2-1 lead. Neither Almetyevsk, nor Nizhnekamsk managed to change anything on the scoreboard in the third stanza. Sputnik outshot the opposition and defended their seventh position in the Eastern Conference.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod played hosts to HK Riga. Vadim Shepelev opened up the scoring just three minutes in but not only Latvian team managed to find the equalizer before the intermission, they also scored the go-ahead goal – Kostas Gusevas and Erlends Klavins found the back of the net. Riga went on to win the second period of play by the same score. Rudolfs Polcs improved the lead to 3-1, Vyacheslav Korotin brought the margin back to a 1-goal differential but in the last minute of the frame Nizhny Novgorod allowed another goal as Antons Trastasenkovs found his target.
Early in the third stanza Janis Svanenbergs scored the fifth goal for the visitors, which was followed by Riga getting three consecutive minor penalties. They did allow a goal but it was waved off after video review as there was high-sticking on the play. Denis Vengryzhanovsky set the final score with six minutes remaining to play in regulation. Nizhny Novgorod enjoy the most high-scoring game under new coaching staff but still fall to HK Riga 5-3 on home ice.
Almaz Cherepovets faced Loko Yaroslavl in Game 2 of the back-to-back series. The visitors opened up the scoring 14 minutes into the first period of play pouncing on a defensive mistake by Cherepovets – Igor Zenchikov stole the puck, sent it to the blue line and Ilya Morin hammered it home with a huge blast. Home team got back even 28 minutes in – Vladislav Fyodorov sent one past Daniil Yakovlev and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission tied up 1-1.
Third stanza featured almost no scoring chances. The teams played smart defensively and the game went to overtime. ‘Railway men’ had a great opportunity to end in their favor but instead they allowed a counter-attack, while having a man-advantage, and Pavel Zhirnov won it for Cherepovets, thus ending Yaroslavl’s 13-game winning streak.
In the last game of the day SKA-1946 St. Petersburg faced Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang. The was no upset in this one. Home team scored three unanswered goals in the opening period of play – Artyom Zhuk got a pair of tallies, while Vladislav Tsitsyura added one of his own. St. Petersburg took almost six times as many shots as the ‘Dragons’ and yet failed to further improve their lead in the second frame. Early in the third stanza the Chinese side even got some hope as Nolan Lee capitalized on a breakaway to make it a 3-1 hockey game.
Nevertheless, there wasn’t going to be any unexpected turn of events. With two minutes remaining to play in regulation Anton Bogatsky made it 4-1 and in the very next shift Daniil Ogirchuk scored another one. Jianing Guo set the final score as the puck deflected into the net off a defenseman on his shot. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg enjoy a 5-2 win on home ice.